161 More, Just Like That (And then another 11)

Pitching, power, patience, speed, defense. We’d love to have something to complain about, but really the only negatives were the weather and that jugheaded tenor. Some first impressions:

-Randy: If this is what he looks like in April….
-Jeter Meter: 2-5, bb, 2r, sb
-Matsui: On MVP pace (We called it!)
-A-Rod & Sheff: mashing
-Jason: All forgiven
-Sturtze: picking up where he left off

36 comments… add one
  • No bullshit, only baseball. Great game all around. YF im feeling you. Cheers, my next brew goes out to you.

    El Duque April 3, 2005, 11:45 pm
  • I expect nothing less. Lets give it up for the Bombers. See you Tuesday fellahs, YF your right on point. El Duque make sure that brew is a Corona.

    The Curse 2 April 3, 2005, 11:49 pm
  • We’re going to the World Series, I can feel it.

    Joe April 4, 2005, 12:15 am
  • Most promising performance: Womack. All the rest of those guys performed at expected levels.
    But Womack was something new and exciting. He’s a good, solid batter and that baserunning was great.
    First to third on a hard liner to left? How awesome is that!

    weeping for brunnhilde April 4, 2005, 12:51 am
  • Hey–
    1. The Sox are so winning Tuesday. Comeon. You’ve got Pavono. We’ve got Clement, who had a rocky spring, but look at what happened with Foulkie last year.
    2. If you didn’t notice, Womack is the ONLY guy in the Yanks lineup who hit over .300 last year. He’s already proven his talent. Now I want proof that a. Giambi is actually off steriods (maybe if he wasn’t so fat from them he wouldn’t have stood there like an ass and gotten hit TWICE) and b. that Alex the Girl isn’t as big of a loser as he seems to be.

    Laura April 4, 2005, 7:00 am
  • The Curse of the Bambino might be over but the Curse of the Boomer has Definatly arrived. And as for Clement he will walk the park or get raked. He is a bigger nut job than Lowe. We heard how great Manti was wink wink. Weve only just begun. The Yankees are on a mission the sox are just wondering wich tv show they will be on next. Bring on Top step and his bloody sock. Lets hear him tell us about how he will be the savior.

    Bob April 4, 2005, 9:42 am
  • Are you all kidding me? Womack? The World Series (you can feel it)? It was one game, people. ONE GAME! You don’t get squat for winning on opening day. You know who has the longest streak of winning on opening day? Tampa Bay.
    Don’t get me wrong, this is a very talented Yankees team, but health is the key here. If they’re healthy (and facing David Wells) every night they’ll win 101 games again. If not, yr in trouble. I’d say the more significant first (besides the win) was the number of Yankees starters on the DL already.

    mattymatty April 4, 2005, 1:16 pm
  • Another one with worrying about age and health. Overhyped period. These guys a pros they do this for a living they train for it there are plenty of guys that play into there 40’s Ryan, Clemens, Julio Franco, John Franco, Jesse Orosco,The list could go on. So keep believing that injury and age will be the downfall keep dreaming. The Yankees are the cut above the rest. Your right it is just 1 game but it sent a message and ifyou don’t believe it read some of the Idiot’s coments they don’t come out and say flat out that the message was heard but read between the lines. And Johnson wasn’t even on his game.

    Bob April 4, 2005, 2:01 pm
  • Ah, the role reversal continues. Yankees fans grabbing at one game for hope, including one started by none other than the best lefthander of the last 25 years. What did we all expect? A Sox blowout? It’ APRIL. So let’s hold off on last night as evidence of the Yankees’ undeterrable domination. It wasn’t long ago that the Sox busted the Yanks’ collective caps early in the regular season (in fact, YF and I were at Fenway to see the Yankees utterly embarrassed last year at this time), but that meant nothing, however entertaining it was, as far as the division was concerned. Some Sox fans (not this one) may have gotten a bit cocky, but as you Yankees fans remember it was only April and quite a bit changed over the next few months.
    So it’s wet blanket time: why don’t we all check back in in about 60 games, and see where everyone stands, then again at the trading deadline, and then one more time come October before we start awarding rings.
    (Meanwhile, how’s that 40 year old back holding up, Kevin?)

    SF April 4, 2005, 2:13 pm
  • One year you’re lucky, two years you’re good and three years you’re the Yankees,” said John Cullen, 44, a bus mechanic from Yonkers
    (How’s that 28 year old arm)

    Bob April 4, 2005, 2:39 pm
  • Bob:
    That’s a great quote! So the 1996 Yankees were lucky?

    Jesse April 4, 2005, 3:15 pm
  • I can feel the Red Sox fans panicking already. They know they are going down. 2090!!!

    Joe April 4, 2005, 4:09 pm
  • “That’s a great quote! So the 1996 Yankees were lucky?”
    Jesse, a bad touche if there ever was one. And I’m not sure where your going with it. The Yanks 1996 team was part of a dynasty which won a lot of champions in the late 90’s. Come up with a better syllogistic zinger next time.
    “Ah, the role reversal continues.”
    SF, that’s unoriginal. I don’t visit this site for cliches. Get it together.

    Yanks Fan in Boston April 4, 2005, 4:26 pm
  • “That’s a great quote! So the 1996 Yankees were lucky?”
    Jesse, a bad touche if there ever was one. And I’m not sure where your going with it. The Yanks 1996 team was part of a dynasty which won a lot of champions in the late 90’s. Come up with a better syllogistic zinger next time.
    “Ah, the role reversal continues.”
    SF, that’s unoriginal. I don’t visit this site for cliches. Get it together.

    Yanks Fan In Boston April 4, 2005, 4:27 pm
  • Great, my nasty comments immortalized multiple times because of this damn server.

    Yanks Fan In Boston April 4, 2005, 4:29 pm
  • YFIB:
    The last several months, including the offseason has been so sweet. First, the Sox dismantle the Yankees, coming back from a 3-0 deficit, making history. Then, they dismantle the Cardinals, perpetrators of two of the Red Sox previous World Series failures. Then, in a bizarre and somewhat demented fashion, Yankees fans continue to act, in this offseason, as cocky and confident as if they were fans of a team that: a) dismantled their archrival after trailing 3-0 in an unprecedented and historic comeback/choke, then b) won the World Series in a sweep, then c) win the first game of the following regular season with probably the best pitcher in the Majors on the mound. Except that of those three things THEY ONLY COMPLETED (C). Yankees fans should stop acting is if they successfully completed (a) and (b) as well. It’s unbecoming.

    SF April 4, 2005, 5:12 pm
  • Blah blah blah blah. You’re 1 game back. End of story.

    YF April 4, 2005, 5:30 pm
  • Blah blah blah blah We’re the World Champs. End of story.

    mattymatty April 4, 2005, 5:41 pm
  • It’s a new year. If you wanna talk history, we can do that, but right now all that matters is the Sox are in last place.

    YF April 4, 2005, 9:28 pm
  • Wow. A Yankees fan digging at us because of the day 1 standings. Think about how lame that is. We occasionally did it to you guys, but you took the high road, laughed it off, had your eyes on the real prize. Not any more. The transformation is complete. You guys are utterly pathetic, just like we used to be. It ain’t pretty.

    SF April 4, 2005, 9:39 pm
  • As Norman Mailer says, repetition is the death of the soul. Any new ideas in that head of yours, SF, would be greatly appreciated. As it stands right now, the Sox are 1 game behind the Yanks, Bluejays, and Orioles.
    What is most telling about your comments is your admission that you guys use to be utterly pathetic. I can’t agree with that statement any more, but then again it’s utterly obvious and unoriginal.

    Yanks Fan in Boston April 4, 2005, 11:37 pm
  • Wow. I had no idea Yanks fans had sunk to this Devil-Rays-esque level.

    Chops April 5, 2005, 9:40 am
  • YFIB:
    Ignoring for now your dripping condescension and your multiple posts (“repetition is the death of the soul”, I hear), you completely missed the point of my above post. You’re wrong when you say you don’t know where I was going with it, because you go there in the next sentence. Of course the 1996 Yankees were part of a dynasty (that’s so obvious I didn’t think it was worth mentioning here), and that was my point. The quote to which I was referring clearly implied that the 2004 Red Sox were “lucky”. And yet, IT’S ONLY APRIL, 2005. If anyone had said, in April of 1997, that the 1996 Yankees were lucky, they would’ve sounded like a fool then, and even more so a few years later. My point then was that such jingoism, based on nothing more than team loyalty, is stupid, pointless, and tired.
    So no, it wasn’t intended as a zinger, nor was it a simple syllogism. Maybe in the future you should spend less time coming up with learned-sounded ways of attacking other posters, and more time actually thinking about what they wrote.

    Jesse April 5, 2005, 10:17 am
  • YFIB:
    You just don’t get it. The point is that Yankees fans, with their own repetition of “26-6” and “lucky Sox” sound absolutely petty and foolish. You are part of it. Sox fans, in the past, weren’t fools, but (as I stated last year on this very site) screams of “Yankees Suck” made us look simplistic and dumb. The Yankees don’t (and didn’t) suck, and yelling it didn’t make it so – just as “26-6” and “lucky Sox, see you in last place” can’t possibly demean this past World Series victory, no matter how hard you want it to. You guys were wounded last year, and badly so. It shows. Our skins are thicker, we’ve been through more crap. Being in last place after the first day of the season (and maybe the second, too), is nothing. Talk about unoriginal. Why not just keep yelling “1918”?

    SF April 5, 2005, 3:02 pm
  • Jesse
    1923, 1927, 1928 ,1932 ,1936 ,1937 ,1938 ,1939, 1941 ,1943 ,1947, 1949 ,1950 ,1951, 1952, 1953 ,1956 ,1958 ,1961, 1962, 1977 ,1978 ,1996, 1998 ,1999 and 2000. How many times do you see repeats in this string of Championships? If any fan can say that Quote a Yankee fan can. Your Come back was lame and maybe you should know your facts before you put your foot in your mouth. If you learn 1 thing here that is the Yankees have an answer for anytjing you throw at us so please keep trying to show us how great you and the Idiots are. We will have an answer how can we not with such a storied franchise.

    Bob April 6, 2005, 9:57 am
  • CHOKE CHOKE CHOKE CHOKE CHOKE CHOKE CHOKE…..greatest choke in SPORTS history if you really wanna go that route

    Jon April 6, 2005, 10:14 am
  • What route would that be the Sox finally came out on top for the first time in how long. I mean if you want to talk choke lets go back to the countless times the sox have choked. I will start with 1986. Now your turn lets see who has the last word Jon. Oh Ya you used 2004 Now I will use 2003. Now your turn.

    Bob April 6, 2005, 12:16 pm
  • The last word is “CHOKE”, you are right, Bob. But by “choke” you must mean the GREATEST/WORST CHOKE IN ALL OF BASEBALL HISTORY. The UNPRECEDENTED CHOKE. A “CAN NEVER BE WORSTED” CHOKE. The CHOKE BY WHICH ALL OTHER CHOKES WILL BE MEASURED. And it was the Yankees.

    SF April 6, 2005, 1:46 pm
  • I would say the worst choke in history would definatly be 1986. That was in the WS It does not get any bigger than that.

    Bob April 6, 2005, 2:40 pm
  • Actually, the world’s most ill-timed and pathetic choke was probaby ’86. But the worst full-team, could-we-be-in-a-better-situation-with-the-other-team’s-ace-hurt-and-going-home-for-two-games-at-worst choke was last year. And it had never ever ever ever ever happened, so it’s historic, a record. And it was against a hated rival, too.

    SF April 6, 2005, 2:54 pm
  • hi – larious
    It’s funny to watch the Yankee fans struggle with their new identities – biggest chokers of all time. The arrogance and blathering are still there, but all the chants and taunts ring hollow.
    I used to think that all the pompous jack@ssery exhibited by Yankee fans was as a result of their victories. It’s clear now that in general, they’re just loudmouthed boors.

    soxzeitgeist April 7, 2005, 4:20 pm
  • Jesse, I used the Mailer quote to poke fun at myself as well as SF. I double posted, and as you heavy-handedly pointed out, that’s a form of repetition. The obvious is not lost on you. Read these posts longer next time…(It took me a couple of days to do a close reading of your responses, and still I deem them unsatisfactory.) Good luck next time.

    Yanks Fan In Boston April 8, 2005, 9:32 am
  • You know what is hillarious is sox fans trying there hardest to get rid of the title of the biggest choke artist in sports history. We as Yankee fans are dealing with the ALCS without a problem. Thats life deal with it. I can safely say if the shoe was on the other foot the Harbar would be full of sox fans jumpin off the band wagon. As will happen soon enough considering the Sox are the in thing right know. For banwagon fans every where. Just check out fever pitch plenty of bandwagoners in that movie. So keep on trying to pass off biggest losers title it will take more than one ALCS to get rid of it.

    Bob April 8, 2005, 9:56 am
  • YFiB:
    Sorry for underestimating your ability to make fun of yourself. I suspected that’s what you might be doing, but when it comes to anonymous commenters on blogs (particularly when they’re Sox or Yanks fans), you never know — I’ve overestimated so many in the past.
    As for you deeming my response “unsatisfactory”…well, sorry, there’s not much I can do about that. My point was simply that you misunderstood my first post. You can choose not to believe that if you like. Whatever.

    Jesse April 8, 2005, 11:42 am
  • *yawn*
    And there’s the reason it’s impossible to actually talk baseball with a FNY fan. In the same comments thread, the argument is either “check out our history” or “don’t bring up our history” depending on the subject.
    And speak for yourself when observing “bandwagon” fans. I live in upstate NY, and it’s mysteriously devoid of the interlocking NY hats this year…but then nobody ever bandwagons the spankees.

    soxzeitgeist April 8, 2005, 1:48 pm
  • It is apparent you probably are the bandwagon fan. I have Family in upstate Newyork and visit on a regular basis. I see plenty of Interlocking NY hats. I also go to spring training every year and there was a surrplus in Boston gear. Just look at the Globe today and you will see there own Mayor had to go out and purchase his Red Sox gear today. Apparently he has just jumped on the bandwagon.

    Bob April 8, 2005, 2:47 pm

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