The End of Summer

Labor Day is here, and we’re slowly returning to the blogging fold.  It’s been a busy summer and a lost couple of weeks – family obligations, work overload, and a Sox team that at first looked pointed towards next year but now appears to be pointed in no direction at all, these have all combined to make blogging one of the lesser obligations.  But we hope this September and October (and the months beyond) will bring a few big, inspiring moments: David Ortiz returning to the lineup and making a run at 50+ homers.  Jon Lester getting himself healthy, if not back into playing shape – baseball just isn’t that important. The Tigers defying our own predictions and all those cocky Yankees fans who think the playoff matchup will be a cakewalk because of last week.  And lastly, a title run for the (perish the thought from an AL blogger!) Mets with Pedro back in the fold, working some October magic.  Let’s just admit it: they’re a hell of a lot more likeable than their Bronx Brethren, and that’s not just because I’m a Sox fan.

So bring on the Autumn – we’re ready.  (oh, and bring on the Pats, too!)

30 comments… add one
  • More likable than Joe and Derek and Berns and Moose and Mo and…..
    Nahhhhh. Not even, brother.
    PS: Hey Pats fans, suck on this:
    J-E-T-S: JETS JETS JETS!
    [Also, go Gints–The team to beat in the NFL. Could be a banner year for NY sports!]

    YF September 4, 2006, 10:26 am
  • Typical sox fan anti yank remark. The sox don’t have a chance so lets jump on the metwagon to the playoffs. Well , I’ve got news for you and the we play 85% of teams with less than a 500% win record mets.They get swept by the marlins in post season , thans joe girardi!!!

    George Steinbrenner September 4, 2006, 11:06 am
  • It’s not a comment leveled as a Sox fan, it’s as both a Sox fan and an NYC resident. I would much prefer this city if the Mets won it all. Sincerely.

    SF September 4, 2006, 11:28 am
  • Two words for you, YF: Chad Pennington.
    Hahahahahahaha.

    SF September 4, 2006, 11:29 am
  • That’s pretty pathetic SF. You root for your league. Even when the Mets played the Bostons in 86. we were stuck rooting (if that’s the word) for the Sox. I’m sorry you want your Pedro back, and I’m sure David Wright is a nice guy. but abandoning the AL is pathetic…especially for the denizens of Shea. If the Yanks win, it’ll be business as usual here in the city…more of the growing legend of Joe/Jeter. But if those You Gotta Believe Mets take it, every bandwaggon jumper and loudmouth in town is gonna be running at the mouth for months. Pass.

    YF September 4, 2006, 11:40 am
  • Don’t be so melodramatic, or holier-than-thou. I detest the Yanks, end of story.

    SF September 4, 2006, 11:50 am
  • Meanwhile, I notice you cover your football ass pretty good, above. What’s that about picking a league, a team, and sticking with it?
    The hypocrisy, the hypocrisy…

    SF September 4, 2006, 11:52 am
  • I root for the Giants. If the Jets beat the Pats, that’s good too.

    YF September 4, 2006, 11:58 am
  • You are, therefore, an admitted hypocrite. Just so we’re clear.

    SF September 4, 2006, 12:05 pm
  • My Mets rooting is in the case of a subway series. If the Yanks are (I hope) eliminated early, then go AL. Just to be clear. I make no bones about it: I hate the Yankees.

    SF September 4, 2006, 12:09 pm
  • I also like how YF has concocted a world where there are only Mets bandwagon jumpers, but not Bombers ones. As if…

    SF September 4, 2006, 12:15 pm
  • Hah. Just so you know, I’m a New York City resident and root for the NY Giants AND the NE Patriots. (Yankees/Nets/Devils are the other teams.) Giants fan since ’84, Pats since ’85.

    Jonah Falcon September 4, 2006, 12:30 pm
  • Hey SF, if pulling for the Mets helps divert your attention from the decaying corpse that is the 2006 Red Sox, more power to you.

    bloodyank78 September 4, 2006, 1:39 pm
  • Normally I’d take a “corpse” reference in stride, but considering one Sox just underwent heart tests and another has cancer it feels, well, wrong. And I also find it hysterical that Yankees fans get all indignant when it turns out a Sox fan is rooting – wait, bear with me here – AGAINST the Yankees. Holy crap that’s OUTRAGEOUS!!!

    SF September 4, 2006, 2:07 pm
  • SF is merely expressing a sentiment that most NY journalists have written. There’s an overwhelming consensus (rightly or wrongly) that these Mets are tons more likeable than the Yanks. Finally, getting to watch and listen to local sports TV and radio, it’s obvious that most NY sports writers really love this Mets squad. This is no surprise. The media is filled with Yankees haters. All you need to know is that the Times endorsed a Red Sox world series win in 2003 before the post-season. Imagine the Boston Globe endorsing a Yanks’ world series victory. Actually, imagine the Glove endorsing any NY team. Most local sports writers (and, of course, there are exceptions) are sons and daughters of Dodgers fans. These are the truest Yanks haters of our time. What is especially frustrating about the claim that the Mets are more likeable than the Yanks is that it’s accepted and propounded as fact by mainstream scribes around the nation and now blog writers (who should know better. For shame, SF!). I offer this analysis to counter the agreed upon fiction put forth by George Vescey and supported by SF here: It is impossible for a team to be more likeable than the 2006 Yankees. Case closed. And as support, I give you this name (in addition to the ones cited above by YF): Melky.
    MELKY!!!!!!

    Nick-YF September 4, 2006, 2:28 pm
  • Yanks vs. Mets Likability, by Position:
    Catcher:
    Paul Lo Duca: See the Post.
    Jorge Posada: Gamer. Family guy.
    Edge: Yanks, hands down.
    First Base:
    Carlos Delgado: Hates America.
    Jason Giambi: Apolgy King, Comeback Kid.
    Edge: Yanks.
    Second Base:
    Jose Valentin: Please.
    Robinson Cano: Robi!
    Edge: Yanks.
    Short
    Jose Reyes: Cute
    Derek Jeter: MVP
    Edge: Yanks.
    Third:
    David Wright: Fading Fast!
    A-Rod: Comin’ on Strong!
    Edge: We’ll give on this: Even
    Left:
    Endy Chavez: Seriously.
    Melky Cabrera: Leche!
    Edge: Yanks
    Center:
    Carlos Beltran: Great but….
    Johnny D:…we’ve got Damon!!
    Edge: Yanks
    Right:
    Cliff Floyd: Injured.
    Bobby Abreu: Big smile.
    Edge: Yanks
    Pitcher 1:
    Randy: Not our best moment…
    Pedro: When he’s healthy
    Edge: Mets
    Pitcher 2:
    Moose: Mooooose!
    Glavine: Snooze.
    Edge: Yanks
    Pitcher 3:
    Wang: Beloved by all Asia
    Steve Trachsel: Snoooze
    Edge: Yanks
    Closer:
    Mo: The Original.
    Billy: Not the Original
    Edge: Yanks
    Bench
    Shawn Green: Jewish
    Bernie: Berns!
    Edge: Even
    Manager:
    St. Joe.
    Willie: See ya at Subway
    Edge: No contest. Yanks
    So, as you can see from this incredibly scientific survey, the Yanks are clearly more lovable. Clearly.

    YF September 4, 2006, 3:41 pm
  • Okay, now that we’ve established that sox fans still have the yankee chip on their shoulder, isn’t this the most likely format: Detroit (best record) plays Oakland. We play Chicago or Minnesota. No one thinks Santana and Liriano will make an easy opponent.

    anonyf September 4, 2006, 3:44 pm
  • YF, when you’re right, you’re right!
    BTW, will we see Loretta in Queens next year?

    anonyf September 4, 2006, 3:48 pm
  • “The media is filled with Yankees haters. All you need to know is that the Times endorsed a Red Sox world series win in 2003 before the post-season. Imagine the Boston Globe endorsing a Yanks’ world series victory. Actually, imagine the Glove endorsing any NY team.”
    I don’t knwo what you mean by “endorse,” Nick, but Globe sportswirters regularly pick/predict against the Sox, including postseason series’ against the Yankees. BFD.

    airk September 4, 2006, 4:37 pm
  • “Okay, now that we’ve established that sox fans still have the yankee chip on their shoulder …”
    Um, anon, isn’t that kinda the point? I hate the Yanks more than any other team in professional sports. Thus I rooted for the Diamondbacks in 2001, the Mets in 2000, etc. That’s just the way it is. I’ll root for the AL if the Yankees aren’t involved, but I cannot will not under any circumstances (barring bizarre playoff-contention-type scenarios) root for the Yankees. Doesn’t matter how far out of it the Red Sox are.
    YF’s comments above are actually the first indication I’ve ever had that a Yankee fan might feel differently about the Red Sox.

    Paul SF September 4, 2006, 6:31 pm
  • Who said we ever got rid of the chip? I hate the Yankees, always have. 2004 was that much sweeter because we utterly embarrassed a team that we hate, that had embarrassed us enough times. I didn’t stop hating them because we beat them. Was I supposed to? Did you guys stop disliking the Red Sox in ’78? ’03? I didn’t think so. And all of you who claim to not dislike the Sox but look at them as simple rivals are full of it, and those who claim to have rooted on the Sox against the NL way back in ’04 ought to go back and start deleting your posts and comments, because they are there for the record.
    The bizarro logic of some Yankees fans is truly stupifying.

    SF September 4, 2006, 6:44 pm
  • I’m sure after the most incredible choke job in the history of sports, Yankee fans weere magnanimous enough to turn around and root for Boston, SF. Let’s give them a little credit.
    What?

    Paul SF September 4, 2006, 6:50 pm
  • See the top thread, Paul. The truth outs, and it’s ugly.

    SF September 4, 2006, 6:51 pm
  • The Jets? Um, yeah.
    The Gints? Yeah. Right.
    Eli will be the same chokemonkey as his brother.
    Barring any Harrison-esque injuries, the Patsys will be much better than both.
    But on to more important sports.
    As far as lovability, I subjectively offer this:
    The Yankees get tiresome not because of their individual personalities and/or skills, but because of the FO’s unique willingness and compulsion to BUY a championship.
    As individuals, the only Yankees I truely detest are: The Cheater (HGH: How Giambi Homers), Posada (Hey, ump, he swung at that!), Sheffield (I’d rather punch a fan than throw the ball), Damon (I know I said I’d never play for the Yankees, but please, please, PLEASE love me anyway!), and the Big Ugly. Oh, and GS. Can’t forget Capt. Moneybags.
    On the more objective side, it makes sense that the NY newspapers would be on the Mets bandwagon. The Mets are, at least, a new story. This Yankee story is old and tired and told too many times. The writers get tired of telling it, just like the Boston writers get tired of telling THAT same, old story.

    I'm Bill McNeal September 4, 2006, 10:50 pm
  • “I don’t knwo what you mean by “endorse,” Nick, but Globe sportswirters regularly pick/predict against the Sox, including postseason series’ against the Yankees. BFD.”
    airk, the paper put out an op-ed piece endorsing the Sox as champions for 2003. I kid you not. It was like an endorsement for presidency.

    Nick-YF September 5, 2006, 2:05 pm
  • The NY Times is crap. And it sucks. Screw ’em and what they think about baseball. I read on one of the other blogs recently that in a recent calendar year, the NYT had more Red Sox stories than either Yanks or Mets. Idiots. Smug, self-satisfied, government-stooge, make-up-stories-as-you-go-along, incredibly-boring-to-read idiots.

    Sam September 5, 2006, 2:42 pm
  • amen

    Nick-YF September 5, 2006, 2:50 pm
  • “The Yankees get tiresome not because of their individual personalities and/or skills, but because of the FO’s unique willingness and compulsion to BUY a championship.”
    As opposed to Omar Minaya’s off-the-rack Mets? Beltran? Pedro? Delgado? Glavine? Wagner? The Yanks play more home-grown talent than the Mets.

    YF September 5, 2006, 3:05 pm
  • Point made and taken, YF. I’m just saying.
    Seriously, you are right. But that is the Yankee way. It’s a new way of business in Metsville.
    As I said, for right or wrong, the Mets are a different story, something different to write about. That’s all.

    I'm Bill McNeal September 5, 2006, 3:55 pm
  • I think Bill’s right about this.
    It’s like in the UK – the press were truly bored of Manchester United’s dominance so when Chelsea and their Russian owner with his *allegedly* ill-gotten gains showed up everyone backed them, even though they had far fewer home-grown players, played much more prosaic football and were clearly buying themselves a championship. Now, in the third year of utter dominance by Chelsea, a winning Manchester United team would/will cheered to the rafters.
    Journalists are lazy, cynical hacks who just want something different and get jaded far too quickly. Trust me, I know these things.

    Sam September 5, 2006, 4:10 pm

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