The All-Spin, All of the Time Zone

There were obvious signs of life last night. The Yankees came back to tie the score twice, and Jason Giambi bunted for a leadoff single to lead off the ninth, beating the infield shift.

Tyler Kepner in today’s New York Times does his best imitation of Bill O’Reilly, spinning last night’s effort into a sign that the Yankees aren’t dead.  With these observational skills, it makes me wonder what Kepner thought of the Sox’ recent sweep, on the road no less, against the Majors’ hottest team, running their streak to 8 of 9?  I wonder what he thinks of Matt Clement, who’s 8-1, who the Sox signed after losing out to the Yankees for Carl Pavano? I wonder what he thinks about the situation in Iraq? (Actually, I think I know what he thinks about the situation in Iraq, if his writing on the Yankees’ woes is any indication).

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  • C’Mon, who doesn’t love Iraq? Actually, I see a few very commonalites between the Yankees and Iraq:
    1. No matter how terrible it seems to be going for both of them, Fox Network seems to talk as if things could not be better.
    2. Both of the current situations were caused by over-zealous, absent-minded rich old men, who both seem to never really think situations through to the long term.
    3. Both appeal to masses who are seemingly unable to see through the real problems they have casued.
    4. And finally, both are giant wastes of money.
    But hey, At least the soldiers are not getting laughed at!

    Brad-SF June 24, 2005, 9:00 am
  • I don’t think I’d quite put Kempner down as as “spinner.” There’s nothing really in his writing that would make one believe he’s an apologist for the Yankee brass. The crime is not one of partisanship (after all the Times is a part owner of thethe Sox) but simpy uninspired reporting that looks only at surfaces and not at causes. And so we have the media, bobbing up and down like a cork on NY’s proverbial wave: when they’re hot, they’re world-beaters; when not it’s either a catastrophe or they’re not “playing hard” or whatever. This when the obvious truth, as has been reported ad nauseum on the many fine Web sites that cover baseball—this one included, but more serious ones as well— is that this team has several glaring deficiencies. Of these, there are some that wiil be fairly impossible to fix (i.e., starting pitching), but others that the team should be able to improve considerably (the Woemack/LF/CF Problem). Fixing what can be fixed may not transform the Yanks into a great team, but could quite easily vault them into the playoffs. If there’s any spinning, it’s from SF. The Sox are hot. But they’re not going to play .900 baseball for long. And as crappy as the Yanks may be, they’re only 5 back.

    YF June 24, 2005, 9:00 am
  • Edit : I see a few commonalites…ugh, it’s early, and I have a whole day of driving to Philly to do!

    Brad-SF June 24, 2005, 9:01 am
  • Really. Get your shit together, Brad.

    Strunk June 24, 2005, 9:31 am
  • YF’s mostly right about the role of the MSM and also about his own abilities to point out the flaws of this Yankees team. Where he is completely wrong is about my “spinning” the Sox’ win streak. My point is in fact exactly the same as his – based on today’s article Kepner would likely write something about how great the Sox are, about how this is a harbinger of October success. It’s hardly that. It’s a nice run that won’t be possible to maintain for the rest of the season. But the gist of the post wasn’t whether or not the Sox are great, it was about Kepner’s inability to write clearly, to line a story with “encouraging signs” which aren’t at all encouraging (Giambi having to lay down a bunt in the ninth because the Yankees are 5 behind and they need baserunners is a good sign?! In what baseball universe?) Remember, YF, it’s better to leave your post succinct and reasonable than to just spew back at me as a flourish. ;-)

    SF June 24, 2005, 10:15 am
  • And somewhere, watching in the dark, George Steinbrenner sees the YES Network’s umpteenth cutaway shot to Lou Piniella…and glances at the telephone. “Soon,” he thinks. “Soon…”

    MJL in L.A. June 24, 2005, 12:50 pm
  • if Sweet Lou doesn’t work out, i bet Wally Backman’s available…

    t-SF June 24, 2005, 1:05 pm
  • More signs of life last night, as the most expensive singles hitter in history pulled the Yanks up once again. Man, this guy is getting good at saving people’s jobs!

    Brad-SF June 27, 2005, 6:52 am
  • No posts in 3 days. Whassup?

    john yf June 27, 2005, 10:15 am

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