Soon we will be watching lefties Cole Hamels for the Phils and Andy Pettitte for the Bombers in between stealing Snickers and Reeses cups from the kids, leaving them smarties and Necco wafers. Sure, kids, those are delicious! Enjoy your chalk! Comment away.
Saturday, October 31st, 2009
Friday, October 30th, 2009
Mike Soscia was absolutely right last week when – in response to a reporter asking whether the ALCS Game 3 that the Angels had just won in dramatic fasion to claw back into the series at 2 games to 1 - he said there is no such thing as a must-win until you are playing in an elimination game.
Mark Teixeira was also right when he said, in response to the same question from a reporter after last night's victory, that every game of a World Series is a must-win.
The first is a statement of fact. The second is a statement of psychology. Players have to approach every post-season game, at-bat, and play in the field as do-or-die. Then find a way to do that with the calmness and control most easily achieved by thinking of the moment as no more consequential than a pick-up game in their backyard.
I don't know how they do it because I don't even have that much discipline as a fan. On post-season series off-days I am unable to let go and just focus on my work. Instead, I sit around endlessly and rather pointlessly playing the same 2 or 3 scenarios for the rest of that series out in my head. This is only slightly more defensible then replaying games that have already happened and wondering "what if?". And even then, only in a philosophical kind of way because neither act of obsession will change anything. It's just that one focuses on the unknown future while the other is about the settled past – which really can't change except when Superman reverses the rotation of the Earth. And so I find myself this morning with a mountainous to-do list and rapidly-passing-deadlines spinning my mental wheels on the following:
Thursday, October 29th, 2009
Whooboy. That was sobering. What can you do when you can’t do what you came to do? Suck it up and take it. Lee was just that good. IronHorse was at the game and compared it to witnessing an assault and battery. By a mugger that does party tricks with his glove, and with the detachment of a fish monger gutting a trout. Knife goes in, guts come out. Wash, rinse, repeat.
While waiting for Pedro Martinez and AJ Burnett tonight, here are a few links to peruse.
Matt Hagen has posted his Top 10 prospects for the Yankees and Red Sox in 2010 at THT.
Pennsylvania pols twixt Scranton and Wilkes-Barre are not amused.
The Aroldis Chapman sweepstakes should be interesting. And expensive.
Bloomberg.com has a story on how Goldman Sachs and Warren Buffett helped get the ARod Deal Done.
Phil Coke feel-good story.
Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
It's possible that someone in the YFSF community–moderators and commenters–had the Yankees and Phillies as the World Series match-up when we made our predictions at the beginning of the season. Possible, but not likely. If my memory is correct, a few of us in April had an inordinate respect for the New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks. During that cruel month, there might have been a couple among us who speculated that CC Sabathia wasn't made for the post-season. And, of course, there was the previously reliable (if you ignored certain statistics and sample size caveats) prediction that A-Rod would stink up the joint when the calendar turned to October. I remember making fun of the Tigers for their choice of Edwin Jackson as a number two starter. Turns out, he was a legit #2. And I think there was a vocal minority that felt John Smoltz would be the key to a great fall and post-season run for the Sox.
The point is that we're human and we're not designed to learn from our mistakes. So let's do it again!
Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
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Monday, October 26th, 2009
Sunday, October 25th, 2009
The thought occurred to me while writing this post that I should be thankful to MLB for scheduling the contest late in the day so that left-coasters such as myself can enjoy a full day’s worth of activity before settling down to watch the game, knowing it will likely conclude at a reasonable hour. This benefit is at the expense of consideration for younger fans east of the Divide who will need permission from the folks to catch some, if not all of tonight’s festivities, and may be rather cranky tomorrow in any case. Actually, the latter result applies to the adults as well. And at least in my time zone the game will probably be over before Desperate Housewives, avoiding fearful friction at the homestead.
Andy Pettitte looks to wrap this matter up for the Yankees, while Joe Saunders gets the ball for the Halos. Game time is in an hour. Lineups follow, comment away.
Saturday, October 24th, 2009
Here’s hoping every forecast I have read today is pessimistic.
In the mean time, if you are looking for something to do between family time/chores/college football action, read about cracks in the concrete at YS3, a cup-o-fact that is filled to the brim with metaphor and juicy innuendo. ht: YF