(Not poetic like YF, but I always wanted to be able to say that…)

4 comments… add one
  • Very classy. We’ll remember that one. Don’t go counting your chickens, or cardinals, just yet.

    YF October 21, 2004, 2:09 pm
  • Hey, I just wanted to do that – I am entitled after what happened on my tenth birthday (Bucky F’in Dent), after 1999, after Aaron Boone, etc. But I am under no circumstance counting any chickens, let’s be clear, the Sox still have a TON of work to do, and as good as this feels, it’s not the ultimate goal, it never has been. I have always been explicit about that.

    SF October 21, 2004, 2:11 pm
  • The ALCS is NOT the ultimate goal but that doesn’t mean there aren’t moments to savor. Like when FOX cut over to DJ after the Damon Grand Slam for one of their customary ten zillion Derek Jeter reaction shots. Instead of the gum-snapping, fist-pumping image that all Sox fans have grown accustomed to, there was a look on the man’s face that said, as if he realized it only at that very moment: “We’re going to lose this game.”
    Michael Kay was just on ESPN radio and he relayed what Joe Girardi said to him about the most glaring weakness of this Yankees team: “There aren’t any dirtbags.” Nobody in the Tino/Brosius/Leyritz/O’Neill mold…or, for that matter, the Millar/Bellhorn/Damon/Timlin mold.
    Is this too easy an explanation or is there truth in it? What do Yankees fans think?

    MJL (SF) October 21, 2004, 2:53 pm
  • MJL,
    You’re absolutely right. Some Yankee fans, me in particular, were not as disappointed with the WS loss as we normally would have been. We were still in the glow of the 2003 ALCS victory over the Sox. 2001 WS loss was for me much harder to take, for many reasons. Sox fans should enjoy their victory it was historic, classic, gutty, and the all-time greatest come back in postseason history. Heck I don’t know if I would be into the WS until game 3.
    You see it again and again, in all sports, an all-star team is not always the best team. You need some key all-stars who relish the postseason, and then you need a bunch of grunts to do the dirty work. See Team USA Hoops as an example, we would have won the gold going away if we had just sent the Pistons. Good old Boss George still doesn’t get it. How many Jay Buhner for Kent Hrbek trades do you think before the Yankees are mired in 4th place for 18 years again?
    On a sad note terrible what some fans did in Boston to celebrate. I would go so far as to say these are not really Sox fans that caused all the trouble, but just a bunch of troublemakers looking for an excuse to vandalize and destroy. My condolences for the parents of the young girl who was accidently killed.

    Joe (YF) October 22, 2004, 10:24 am

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