As a lifer Yankee fan it was very hard to deal with the sweep this weekend. The Bosox for some reason have their number this year. But the season rolls on and I do take comfort in two things: 1) If the Yanks tank this season the bandwagon jumpers can get the fuck off and go root for that other NY team and 2) if the Bosox make it into the post season, they will choke.
But, as much as it pains me, props to the Bosox, they clearly wanted it more.
It's nice that up here in the Great Gray Northwest you see people wearing Sox or Yankee hats who aren't fans of either. Occasionally there are some people who are fans, but for some reason they are less apt to wear the hats.
Steinbrenner puts more money back into his club that pretty much any other owner, so in time, by sheer talent alone, the Yankees can win. That being said Steinbrenner is up there on the list of "People I don't ever want to work for." He will start to lean on the club a bit hard, but considering how much money he uses to patch holes I suppose the expectation of results makes sense.
Now I want the Sox to win the World Series, not because I really like them, but because it would shut their more whiney fans, for about a half minute.
As for the series over the weekend, the Yanks were Spanked. Their pitching could be better, and their hitting could be a lot of productive, the stats of their players from prior years say so. But this is April, so the overall importance of these games isn't as loaded, and the weaknesses in the team can be addressed. The year isn't over by a longshot, so I anticipate that the Yankess can perform better as time moves on.
Addressing their kind of quiet bats, one of the things I've noticed is that when they acquire big name guys during the off-season they start off a little slow (Giambi). Now again whether or not there is a problem will be seen as time moves on. Like I have posted in another thread Sheffield is a more productive batter later in his contracts generally.
Of course I am getting off topic. But hey why not pick at these teams for holes I see and other things like that? That's a rhetorical question, in case anyone is wondering.
Boston, hmm well Pedro is being... well Pedro. I love the jericurl, though I wonder if the POWER of the jeri has sucked the velocity of his pitches? Still if he can make good pitches, get that 0-0 pitch to be a strike, and goes after the batters he could potentially hold out until then. But this is Pedro. His annual stint on the DL around Memorial day is looming, and he is a primadonna, so yes he is a good pitcher but I'd have a hard time putting faith in him.
Fortunately there is a bullpen around him, and the rest of the staff. One, may I add they owned the Yankees this weekend like I own a Sizzler Buffet, that is exponentially better than last years. Plus, they've got a closer who is consistent. Admittedly I have a soft spot for Kim, but that kid just disintegrates at some bad spots.
Overall the series wasn't that important, so wait until the next series between them, if the results are the same as this time I expect Steinbrenner to swing the axe around. Or threaten to.
(edited by Iago on 26.4.04 1956)
Slowly but surely my rating drops. A sign I am not nearly as witty, and smart as I thought. Eh, humble pie was never sweet.
Totally a Billy Beane move. Yes, it's a high priced guy, but he's also a big poker chip they can trade at the deadline if it doesn't work out, or can let go in free agency for two high draft picks next year.