Apocalypse Not Yet: Yanks-O’s Gamer I

I’ve been away from the blog the last week (I’m sure nobody noticed) because I’m in the process of moving from San Francisco to New York to begin my studies. Sorry about the relative silence from the yanks fans here. YF is also busy with a move and Attackgerbil has been working away as well. I’m sure we’ll all be ready for the end of the world which is planned to start this Friday. In the meantime, we have the Baltimore Orioles.

First off, is there an AL team more hopeless than the Orioles? At least the Royals now have a good GM at the helm. The Orioles don’t have an especially good farm system, their one superstar wants to be traded, and they’re run by a sleazy lawyer. Secondly, the Orioles are the official stopper for the Boston Red Sox. Not Curt Schilling. Not Wakefield when he was healthy. The Baltimore Orioles. This is a team that couldn’t take one game from a Boston team that was trying to lose this past weekend. I have to agree with SF. The sweep of the O’s was not momentum-building; it was not the case of a team turning things around. It was the result of a team playing the hopeless Orioles during their usual abysmal second half stretch of craptastic crapalicious crappiness.

Now the Yanks get a chance to face these O’s: a team on the rise. Baltimore has one of the most promising young pitchers in the game, tonight’s starter, Eric Bedard. Mike Mussina will have to contend with a line-up featuring Tejada (who has something to prove), the comeback player of the year Brian Roberts, the dazzling Melvin Mora, and rising star Nick Markakis. This series should be difficult. I think I’d be happy with just one win from the Bombers this series: that would be a moral victory and might give us momentum going into Fenway.

But seriously, the Orioles truly stink. It’s time to gain more ground on those struggling Red Sox. This is your (long) gamer thread for tonight’s action. Comment away!

16 comments… add one
  • Per Peter Abraham, the line-up:
    Johnny Damon CF
    Derek Jeter SS
    Bobby Abreu RF
    Jason Giambi DH
    Alex Rodriguez 3B
    Robinson Cano 2B
    Jorge Posada C
    Craig Wilson 1B
    Melky Cabrera LF
    Mike Mussina RHP

    Nick-YF August 15, 2006, 5:07 pm
  • Hey Nick – glad to hear you’re coming back to NYC! (It’s a good thing, right?). I’ll be at the game tonight, so fingers crossed we see the same O’s who showed up in Boston…

    Sam August 15, 2006, 5:38 pm
  • Sam, have a good time at the game. And to answer your question, yes, I think it is a good thing in general. Except San Francisco is a lovely city and I’ll miss my friends here a lot.

    Nick-YF August 15, 2006, 5:47 pm
  • You’re talking to a man who’s moved 3000 miles himself, Nick. I know whereof you speak.

    Sam August 15, 2006, 5:48 pm
  • As a Yankee’s fan, I can’t agree with the “moral victory” thing if we only win one game. Sure I would love to win all three…..but if the Orioles “truly stink” then how can we, as Yankees fans settle for just one win? We can’t. This series is ours and the team knows that. They want nothing more than to carry as much momentum as possible into Fenway on Friday. Two out of three is acceptable, but one…..No Way!! We will take at least two, the only question is which ones. I’m not underestimating the O’s at all, they have enough talent to beat us and they’ve shown that to us before. But when it comes down to crunch time, and as I see it, that’s right now, the Bombers know how to deliver. They will.

    Webby August 15, 2006, 6:55 pm
  • Come on – this is a Dubya-like effort of lowering expectations. The Sox are sucking right now and we managed to sweep them. If the Yank don’t sweep them too there’s something wrong. You guys made the right moves at the trade deadline, we twiddled our thumbs.
    Go Os?

    rk August 15, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • O’s up 1-0 on Sizemore homer.

    Rob August 15, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • Where’s the Gerb?!?!

    SF August 15, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • You gotta love Johnny D!!

    bloodyank78 August 15, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • Abreu is so fast, nice triple.

    bloodyank78 August 15, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • These O’s announcers on MLB X-tra Innings are such homers.

    bloodyank78 August 15, 2006, 10:06 pm
  • Proctologist K’s Patterson w/the high heat.

    bloodyank78 August 15, 2006, 10:08 pm
  • I still can’t stand Millar even though he’s in a O uni. Proctor gets him on a pop up.
    Come on insurance runs!!

    bloodyank78 August 15, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • Britton’s a big boy.

    bloodyank78 August 15, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • Johnny Damon is fucking awesome!!!! RBI insurance run triple!!!!!!

    bloodyank78 August 15, 2006, 10:15 pm
  • Giambi’s trying to grow some horrific mustache.

    bloodyank78 August 15, 2006, 10:22 pm

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