Reason to Believe: Yanks-Rays Gamer VI

Honestly? I can’t imagine a world in which the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (yeah, they’ll always be the Devil Rays to me) win the AL East, or even come in second. If these things happen, then we have a lot more important things to worry about: the four horsemen, galloping zebras, blood spouting from tree tops (I’m going for my Revelations imagery here. I have not read it but I can imagine the Apocalypse). The Apocalypse (should it be capitalized?) also involves Toby Hall hoisting a championship trophy above his head at the Trop. What? Toby Hall doesn’t play for the Devil Rays? But you’re wrong. He’ll always play for the Devil Rays in my world.

So it will again be a two-team race. The Yanks versus the Red Sox. And check this out. Remember the loss column? That’s what you need to look at. The Yanks are only two games back in the loss column! That could increase after tonight, but maybe it won’t. And what about that? That’s pretty good! No?

Enjoy the game. Comment on all the action here.

19 comments… add one
  • And I looked, and behold a pale horse, and his name that sat on him was Hank, and Hal followed with him.
    Wait, what?

    attackgerbil May 14, 2008, 7:12 pm
  • Oh my god, Giambi makes a great play to rob crawford. He must have been watching Manny’s highlights before the game.

    Sam-YF May 14, 2008, 7:20 pm
  • To those who think missing A-Rod isnt that big of a deal for this team. I give you example #256:
    Ensberg grounds out with men on 2nd and 3rd and 2 outs.
    He is an offensive black hole. Ugh

    Sam-YF May 14, 2008, 7:43 pm
  • Rays for the Wildcard.

    Kazz May 14, 2008, 8:26 pm
  • Cano = 3 for 3. The suckitude ended in April.

    A YF May 14, 2008, 8:42 pm
  • Correction: 4 for 4.

    A YF May 14, 2008, 9:50 pm
  • It’s simple. The New York Yankees suck in 2008. They need a real manager, they need real pitching, they need to purchase a whole new team, the yankees will not make the post season this year or next, and are pretty much washed up as they stand right now, overpaid under talented players who who show no love for the game and are lazy baseball players, it’s typical of NYers to have this lazy. I’m the best attitude, it’s exactly what is bringing this country to it’s knees, the attitude the NYY have toward everything, lazy, fat fucks!

    Yanks_suck_08 May 14, 2008, 10:38 pm
  • > Yanks_suck_08
    I didn’t see that as an option on my primary ballot.

    attackgerbil May 14, 2008, 10:48 pm
  • quality stuff.

    sf rod May 14, 2008, 10:50 pm
  • Having perused both game-threads from last night, I must highlight the following two gems:
    1) Devine’s “Baseball sucks. F*&k baseball.” Reflective of a true fan who lives and dies with a team that is underperforming right now (yfs know this since we can very much relate right now – we just didn’t have our latest dose of frustration last night as sfs did)
    2) Yanks_suck_08’s contention that it is the Yankees’ “lazy and arrogant approach” that is bringing the entire United States of America “to its knees”. Enjoyable for its sheer absurdity. I think y_s_08 may also have witnessed Robinson Cano and Jason Giambi hiding behind the grassy knoll.

    IronHorse (yf) May 15, 2008, 9:32 am
  • Well, to be fair, I don’t think y_s_08 meant that it’s the *Yankees’* lazy and arrogant approach that’s bringing the country to its knees. I think he meant that the Yankees’ approach is mirroring the country’s approach. Which I can’t say I completely disagree with (the country part), but that’s not a conversation for this site.

    yankeemonkey May 15, 2008, 10:50 am
  • NY Yankees. Love it or leave it. :o)

    IronHorse (yf) May 15, 2008, 10:54 am
  • Folks, I think we have to deal with the reality that this might be a three team race for awhile in the AL East. There’s alot to like in the Rays-improved pitching (and a 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation), and lots of young and improving bats. Unfortunately, the Yanks are an aging team and aging teams are fragile. I still think the Rays finish third at best, but I can totally see them sticking around and being even better next year. They’re definitely not the gimme series anymore, and I say they deserve a tip of the cap.

    ChrisYF May 15, 2008, 2:04 pm
  • Let’s see if they can at least get a split in the series. I didn’t get to see the game last night but Cano was 4 for 4? Maybe that will get him going and then it’s one less problem to deal with…

    krueg May 15, 2008, 2:43 pm
  • At this point I’d happily sign up for the Yankees being part of a 3-team race. And I wouldn’t be surprised if Toronto worked its way into that mix – I think they are a better team than they are demonstrating so far.
    The team that surprises me most in the AL East is Boston. I hate to admit that I think they are the best team and I’m surprised they are not ahead of the pack and by a few games by now. (that’s not meant as a dig at SFs)
    As for NY, with the pitching we started the season with I am not shocked – though I am disappointed – that we are aruond the same dismal place we were last year at this time. And yes, I think starting pitching is a more fundamental problem for us than the bats, which will be fine (esp with the return of A-Rod and Posada).

    IronHorse (yf) May 15, 2008, 2:44 pm
  • Looks like Hughes is up to his old tricks? HR to lead off the first…1-0 Rays.

    krueg May 15, 2008, 4:36 pm
  • Kennedy, but yeah…same thing…same result.
    For some reason I have a good gut-feel about him today. He was supposedly very surprised to be sent down and he certainly did well back down there (must have been godo to get a taset of success again, even if only on the AAA level). Maybe he needed the splash of cold water. But we’ll see…only through 2 innings.
    Having to pitch Mussina and Kennedy back to back is unfortunate. They are incredibly similar – and not just because of the wierd bend-over move with men on base.

    IronHorse (yf) May 15, 2008, 4:43 pm
  • the gamer is above. just got home.

    Nick-YF May 15, 2008, 4:50 pm
  • 2 on no out. I may have jinxed him quite effectively…

    IronHorse (yf) May 15, 2008, 4:53 pm

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