Nothing since May 15th, I know – I was in the Caribbean for a week and then spent a week catching up at work. Anyway, here comes what will be my longest post since I started this thing a few weeks ago (let’s hope I still have a couple readers!):
I’ve been reading it all over ESPN.com, MLB.com, CNNSI.com – "No team has ever come back from a 13.5 game deficit to win a division"; "No team 8 games under .500 after 50 games have ever won a playoff series in the Wildcard Era"; Ladies and Gentlemen, as Chris Berman would say, "That is why they play the games…"
Does anyone remember (I try to forget) 2004? I had Game One World Series tickets all paid for and ready to face the Cardinals at Yankee Stadium, and then the Yanks lost 4 straight. God, I even tried to root for Kevin Brown. That was desperation. What I’m saying is that ESPN.com, MLB.com, CNNSI.com, etc…all said: "No one has ever been down 3 games to none and came back to win four straight…"
Guess what guys, call me nuts, or call it the Caribbean sun (or the vast amounts of rum that were poured down my throat), but how about the Yanks rewrite a little history? We won last night, now it’s a 12.5-game deficit…one game at a time, we’re in business.
*(sidenote: I convinced myself that this year I would remain as optimistic as possible in several situations that don’t involve Mike Myers; like for instance, I was going be an A-Rod fan – no getting on his case, no booing, etc…so i’m going to remain as optimistic about this season as I can)
The Yankee Clippard makes his debut against the Muts:
I happened to be in a bar/restaurant in St. Thomas when the projection TV put on the Yanks/Mets game when Clip made his debut – and yes his ears are huge. But I like the way he pitches, even that weird stutter-step he does – against the Mets he wasn’t afraid to go at some guys, which was nice to see, because some guys get all scared once they get on a big-league mound. Yes, he regressed a little in his next start against the Angels, but I see him as a keeper in the Yanks rotation for years down the line with Wang-er & Hughes….
2 of 3 Against the Red ***:
The Yanks took 2 of 3 against Boston after salvaging the last game against the Mets, and to be honest with you, I thought that was the turnaround – all of a sudden the Angels didn’t seem scary and the Yanks were back in business! Even the game I had tickets to (Wed, 5/23) they won – so my father’s coworker must’ve had a blast!
Angels Sweep the Yanks into the Gutter:
…and then they lose 3 straight to Los Angeles of Anaheim which resides in California along the Pacific Ocean on the West Coast. Ugh, what a step back. And then it’s about this time that I realize why all the Phillies phans I know were laughing at me when we got Abreu last year. The guy really stinks (I know, I should remain optimistic for my blood pressure’s sake).
Pettitte = bigger Savior then Roger?
Andy has rekindled the reason as to why he is and always will be one of my favorite pitchers ever. The guy can pitch! He’s out there busting his *** every 5th day – he’s had exactly ONE bad start all year (naturally the game I went to see him against Matsuzaka). I wonder if he is having any impact on some of our young starters like DeSalvo, the Yankee Clippard, Hughes, etc…after all, the guy spends a large amount with Clemens, maybe by osmosis some of it has been brought Pettitte’s way.
Just think, if Andy actually got 3 runs a game, he might have 8 wins with that tiny ERA, and nobody would be talking about Beckett, or Lackey, or anyone else with all the wins…
I can argue for both sides, because I coach High School baseball and constantly tell my players NOT to pull that ****, but then I play in a Men’s league and guys do it all the time. I
Howie Clark should’ve been yelling "Mine", "I got it!", anything like that, since he was camped out under it. That is something taught all through the ranks of baseball – "Call the ball!" It’s always easy to pin a mistake on the guy making $25million when YOU should’ve been the one yelling the loudest.
With Giambi hurt, unfortunately Abreu has to play:
I’m getting tired of lazy Bobby – he refuses to dive for a ball, or even slide on his knees in the outfield for fear of a grass stain – and I’m convinced I could hit better then him right now, and I’ve been exclusively pitching since college. The whole fantasy of mine that they could bench him while Melky plays went out the window because the Giambino went down. Which *****, because I sit in the RF box seats very often and would one day love to snag a Giambi-bomb…I sure as **** know that Abreu won’t hit one to me, and when he’s in RF on defense I need to wear sunglasses for the night games because he refuses to get his uniform dirty. And the whiteness blinds me.
Roger on Monday!
I cannot wait. Roger is the man, can’t wait to see him mow White Sox hitters down. Hopefully we’ll be coming off a 3-game Boston sweep and the bats will be banging out some runs. At least we know that Jetes and Jorge will be mashing…