Billy Martin Spins In His Grave

attackgerbil, right, watches his ALDS prediction sink in Lake St.ClairUncle George, big teddy bear that he is, will let the skipper tend his yacht for one more year.  He was quite ready to keelhaul skip after he and his fearless hapless crew drove the Boss’ 200 million-dollar ship into a pier in Lake St. Clair, but cooler heads have prevailed.  Now, everyone that wanted to see Torre go down as quickly as the Yankees ALDS collision with the iceberg that is the Tigers will have a whole season to scrutinize Joe T and decry Steinbrenner’s decision.  Here’s a cup of scalding green tea in your eye, Lupica.

I’m quite frankly surprised and gladdened by the news.  First, I
believed the stories and didn’t think Torre would be kept on, and then
when he wasn’t immediately fired, I didn’t think he would want to
return to the circus that this whole event became.  I had been secretly
hoping that if the Yankees made the mistake of firing Torre, that maybe
Joe Girardi would show up next year on the Yankee bench, but i knew
that was a pipe dream and wouldn’t want to wish that fate on the young
manager as whoever takes the wheel after Torre has to go to the world
series or their managerial skills will be written as being
approximately equal to one game’s pickins’ worth of Joe T’s boogers.

What does this mean for ARod?  If we are to take him at his word,
not a lot as he insists he wants to stay in NY and be part of the
solution.  I can’t help but think that a lot of the writing the past
few days about this being an ARod and George’s way vs. Jeter and
Torre’s way either/or one-of-em-has-to-go situation is just static.

Anyway, the writers are missing the point.  Obviously, the biggest
concern at this point is how will this collapse affect Jeter’s cologne
sales?

Many changes will be made this off-season, to be sure, and it will
be fun to see how wrong I will be on my guesses.  I’m glad to say
there’s plenty of room on the couch right next to me for the idiot
proclaimers.

attackgerbil (that’s me on the right up above) – Yankees Will Sweep Detroit

YF – They’re going to win with their brains. Because how could they not? April : be sure to read Hudson’s first comment.  Smack To The Future, gerbil.

Mike
Lupica – Torre will be fired, on second thought probably will be and
should be, on third thought won’t be but should be and now I will tell
you so all next year and good luck on me ever getting a quote from Joe

Steve
Phillips – The Yankees will trade ARod, well at least they should.  I
mean, really, I would do it in a second if I were GM.  Does anyone want
me to be their GM?  Please?  (he still has time on this one)

Christopher
Columbus – I discovered America (no, but at least you got a minor
league team named after you).  Off topic, I know, but this always bugs
me.

And in the Sooth department:

SF – the hated and no-longer-feared Yankees throw what they hope will be an overachieving pitcher out there with the hopes that their offense can score "several plus one" runs to their opponents’ "several".  April 11th

sf rod – in my estimation the tigers might even
be better than say, a Burle-less white sox team. April 4th

I had Detroit just barely ahead of the Royals in last in my preseason picks, for the record.  It is certainly entertaining to go back and read the preseason picks made by YF, SF, and Nick.

7 comments… add one
  • The habitrail is whizzing because *THE GERB IS ON FIRE*!

    YF October 10, 2006, 3:29 pm
  • The Stein, from Pete Abraham:

    “I spoke to Joe Torre today and I told him, ‘You’re back for the year. I expect a great deal from you and the entire team. I have high expectations and I want to see enthusiasm, a fighting spirit and a team that works together. The responsibility is yours, Joe, and all of the Yankees.’
    “Yes, I am deeply disappointed about our loss this year, we have to do better. And I deeply want a championship. It’s about time.”

    attackgerbil October 10, 2006, 3:43 pm
  • Woe be to those beat writers who called for his head. Expect some MAJOR grudge action next spring.
    And probably not a bad thing, come to think of it. A little “Us against the world” action might make for some motivation the team alledgedly did not have this year.

    YF October 10, 2006, 4:00 pm
  • Wow. You guys really suck in your predictions, don’t you? In the best case, one of the predictions will come true – either the Mets or Cards will win the NL.
    PS – what’s with betting again Johann winning the AL Cy and Albert winning the NL MVP? For me, those guys are inked in until such a time comes as they don’t win it. Kinda like the Braves.
    (Not that my predictions, if I’d made them, would have been any better, but I expect more from my host bloggers in the prognosticatory department.)

    Sam October 10, 2006, 4:08 pm
  • YF did a pretty good job predicting the divisions, and as far as I can tell, I called 4 of the 8 playoff teams and may still yet call the NL champ, the AL MoY (though probably not, at least they vote before the playoffs start or I’d have no shot at all on this one), the AL CY, and the NL MVP. That’s not horrible, considering how difficult it is to do these things, and how much flux there is over the course of a very, very long season. As far as expecting more from your host bloggers, I’m a rank amateur, nothing more than a fan with a hobby (and hopefully some ability to write interestingly). I can’t (and won’t) speak for my co-bloggers!

    SF October 10, 2006, 4:23 pm
  • As far myself, if it wasn’t apparent earlier, I have no idea what I’m talking about!

    Nick-YF October 10, 2006, 5:11 pm
  • for*

    Nick-YF October 10, 2006, 5:12 pm

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