Interestingly, Contreras wasn't bad last season. His ERA as a starter was pretty remarkable, as I remember it. We're just biased here in Boston, because we lit him up almost every time we saw him. Ah, memories.
I feel the same way about this Yankees team as I did last year's Yankees team: riddled with question marks. In fact, they have more question marks this season. Hell, just for fun, let's make a list.
Giambi playing 162 games at first. I just don't see it. And whoever backs him up won't be Nick Johnson.
Soriano. Do we see 40/40 Soriano, or the version that looks more like Jose Hernandez?
Boone should be a safe bet for mediocrity, but he sucked in the postseason as well.
Wells is almost a guarantee to shit the bed at some point, and Brown isn't much better. Granted their bullpen looks pretty damned good on paper, but they're going to have to go out and sign at least one long man/spot starter. And the better that pitcher, the less likelihood he'll be willing to sit in the Yanks' pen until needed. Will Sidney Ponson sign with NY with the risk that he's wasted in the pen, when he can be a guaranteed starter elsewhere?
What about Bernie Williams? Can his knees handle another year in center? Even if they can, what kind of liability will Soriano and Williams be up the middle? The pressure is on Matsui here; Sheff ain't gonna cover for Bernie.
I still think the Yankees are going to be a very strong team, but that's not the point here; the Yankees are always strong. But this season, I think they look more vulnerable than they've looked at any point in the Torre era.
It looks like the deal is done, but the only thing holding it up is that the damn player's union is objecting to A-Rod's offer to restructure his contract.
Also, heard on PTI today that Boston (presuming the A-Rod deal is made) is now looking to deal Nomar and Williamson to Chicago for.....Magglio Ordonez. Yikes.
Rob asks Dave and Ric if they want to go backstage to play Hungry Hungry Hippos and Flair and Batista immediately bail. Flair wants to be Green. Man, EVERYBODY wants to be green. Except the girl in the commercials. She wanted to be pink. That either means that the ad agency was sexist or that she was communist. Of course Hungry Hungry Hippos is a rather capitalist game isnít it? No self respecting communist would play Hungry Hungry Hippos. Except Stalin. He LOVED Hungry Hungry Hippos. God, Iíve got no clue what the hell Iím rambling about anymore.-- Matt "Excalibur05" Hocking, Raw Satire writer extraordinaire
You know, I just can't call it the "WWE." I just can't. My body's rejecting it like a bad liver transplant.-- Bill Simmons, espn.com/page2
First Sheets K's 18 Braves, then Johnson won't let 'em get on base. It's certainly been an interesting couple of days in Atlanta. GREAT game - and it was something of a pitching duel to boot, with Hampton ALSO going the distance...