I had wanted the Yankees to get Vlad last offseason, and was disappointed when they picked Sheffield instead. However, both excelled in thier new environment, and I am Glad Vlad got some much deserved praise.
So much for the 'writers don't stay up late and watch their games' theory.
Agent: Tell you what, sir. From now on, you'll be, uh, Homer Thompson at Terror Lake. Let's just practise a bit, hmm? When I say, "Hello, Mr. Thompson," you'll say, "Hi." Homer: Check. Agent: Hello, Mr. Thompson. Homer: [stares blankly] Agent: Remember now, your name is Homer Thompson. Homer: I gotcha. Agent: Hello, Mr. Thompson. Homer: [stares blankly] [A long time later] Agent: [sighs in frustration] Now, when I say, "Hello, Mr. Thompson," and press down on your foot, you smile and nod. Homer: No problem. Agent: Hello, Mr. Thompson! [stomps on Homer's foot a few times] Homer: [stares blankly then says to other agent] I think he's talking to you.....
Mattingly is a genius. He is perfectly set up to let Girardi take the fall. Boston probably will be on the wane in three years, and Girardi won't have been able to turn it around before his contract is over.