A Right to be Angry…

5 06 2007


Reality landed firmly with a thud for the Yankees on Monday, in the form of a 6-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox at Cellular Field in Chicago.

New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner has a right to be angry. Vexed. Pissed. New York fans have a right to be feeling something MORE than frustrated. When you weigh the salaries they pay against the results the team produces, could anyone associated with MLB’s premier franchise be anything LESS than infuriated with a 6 games under .500 showing?

Ok… they won 2 outta 3 against the Boston Red Sox, cutting the lead the Sox hold from 13-and-a-half to 12-and-a-half (yippee?), and they should feel pleased about that – but the simple fact is that they still have to get past both Baltimore (1.5 games ahead) & Toronto (2 games ahead) before they can even consider Boston. And they’ve given the Red Sox a huge buffer! Is it ok to set your sights on chasing the wildcard this early in June? I don’t think they have a choice – catching Boston would necessitate not only a massive turn-around on the Yankees fortunes, but a reversal of fortune for the Bo’ Sox would be required as well.

Chasing the wildcard is going to be a tall order too. Currently the Yanks find themselves well behind Detroit (8 games over .500), Seattle (3 games over – now there’s a surprising performance), Oakland and Minnesota (a game a piece)… but at least those targets are possibilities, if somewhat remote.

And even forgetting about the performance as a team, do you think Steinbrenner’s impressed with ever-growning injury list (including my personal favourite oft-injured player: Carl Pavano, who has pitched less than 20 games as a Yankee… for $10 million a year. Nice work if you can get it)? With Jason Giambi’s mouth? With A-Rod’s frequent faux pas, on field and off? With Johnny Damon’s lack-lustre performance? Nuh-uh… and my gut tells me that we’re in for a response from the big guy… Read the rest of this entry »


Those Damn Yankees… (I know, a clichĂ©)

2 06 2007

The New York Yankees. Sports franchise supreme, or a plague personified in pinstripes… whatever your views on the Yanks, without a doubt they are shared by millions. So… what’s a sports-thoughts blog without at least SOME discussion on the Yankees?

Me, I fall into a category that takes absolute pleasure from the dire straits they find themselves in at the moment. Ok, ok… so they beat the Sox today, but even so – they are STILL 12.5 games behind at the moment! I revel in the fact that they are, at the beginning of June, pretty much playing for a wild-card slot. And behind.

Yes, they’re injured. But even BEFORE all that happened I (and quite a few others who actually get paid to speculate on sports!) didn’t think they had all that good a roster. And this is a unit that rivals the Lakers for drama! Hell, A-Rod’s “MINE!” knocked Kobe’s flip-flopping off the sports headlines, and it’s only going to get better… The Rocket is due to start this coming week. A 44 year old upon whose shoulders the fate of the Yankee Nation rests upon.

So those hopes will be at least partially realised next week, when versus the White Sox (and c’mon… shouldn’t he be pitching this Sunday?), we will probably witness the return of Roger Clemens. Will he be the saviour that the Big Apple longs for? Needs? I tend to think not. I think he’ll be good, way better than serviceable (and he’d wanna be for the contract he signed), but ultimately I think that very contract, will be a source of frustration for many within the clubhouse.

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