Sunday, September 26, 2004

Overreaction about Pedro

So Pedro Martinez was frustrated Friday night after losing to the Yankees again, and he popped off to reporters. He said something like the Yankees 'owned' him, and he wished they would just disappear. That turned into a media circus, with some of the Yankee players saying "You could kill me before I'd say something like that," and other such nonsense.

Can we all just calm down?

Pedro was down. He's had a tough run of luck against the Yankees, including the frustration of Game 7 of the ALCS last year, and he's allowed to shoot his mouth off after a frustrating loss. Pedro has always been a little quirky, and this little episode is no different. So he's a freak, big deal. He's still one of the best pitchers in the game, even though he's not as dominant as he once was.

Yankees asking for forfeit

Random thoughts as I catch up on the 2004 season (Hey, I only started this thing in September '04):

The fact that the Yankees asked Major League Baseball for a forfeit victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays earlier this month, to me, spoke volumes about the class of this organization. The Devil Rays had trouble getting out of Tampa Bay during a hurricane (shame on them!), and showed up late for a scheduled double-header at Yankee Stadium. Instead of understanding this, the Yankees allowed president Randy Levine to give an on-the-field interview where he said (I'm paraphrasing): "The rules clearly state that if a team is ready to play, and the other team does not show up ready to play, that a forfeit should be awarded."

Major League Baseball, thankfully, laughed at the request, and the next day the Yankees tried to re-write history by saying they 'withdrew' the request. That's like if I say to you "Can I have a million dollars?" You say, "No!." I say: "OK, I withdraw my request."

Why someone in the Yankees PR office didn't tackle Levine on the field before he could give that interview is beyond me, but it shows where this organization is coming from. Win at all costs, no matter the circumstances, even if you end up looking like weasels. I think the fact that they had recently seen a 10 1/2 game leader over the Red Sox reduced to 3 1/2, as well as a decimated pitching staff, might have had something to do with their motiviation. Whatever the reason, it was a humorous little window in the Yankee organization's soul.

Friday, September 24, 2004

Why the Yankees suck, Part 1 of many

If you're a Yankee fan, move along. This blog is intended solely for the inhabitants of Red Sox Nation (or "The Nation" if you prefer). In order to be a member of the Nation, you must be a fan of the Boston Red Sox baseball club (presumably that was obvious, but there may be some Yankee fans watching, so I have to talk s - l - o - w - l - y.

I've lost track of the reasons why I hate the Yankees, but some of them are:

1. George Steinbrenner
2. Derek Jeter's arrogance
3. Bucky $#%**%^ Dent
4. Aaron (**&%#$ Boone
5. George Steinbrenner
6. Their fans

More on No. 6 later, but let's just say that I think Yankee fans are about the worst in the world. Yes, that may also be an obvious statement from a Red Sox fan (as well as a generalization). But most Yankee fans are such fair-weather fans, it makes me ill. Where were these people in the 80's when the Yankees sucked. Red Sox fans have consistently supported their club, and (after much suffering) will deserve the World Championship that is coming in 2004.

Test Post

Just seeing if this thing works. Go Sawx!

 
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