I hope everyone enjoyed their New Year festivities. At the gerbil house, it was burgers and an assortment of craft IPAs enjoyed while watching movies. Crazy stuff. At least this year I actually made it to midnight; last year I think I was asleep by about 10 pm, but that’s what new borns do to one’s new years. The gritty, plucky resolution made by yours truly was to write the first post of the YFSF blog for 2008. Lofty were my aspirations, and I am glad to have met them head-on. Now I can kick back for twelve months.
Dayn Perry, in an article for Fox Sports, poses the sixty-four thousand-dollar question for the first time seen by me in this brand-spankin’ new year. Yep, that same chestnut that will be the point of dozens upon dozens of ultimately meaningless speculative articles to be written between now and when play resumes: "which American League East power, the Yankees or Red Sox, figures to hold sway in the division this season?"
Ignoring those pedants that would remind us that the answer could be "neither", Perry offers the risky possibility of "both", but concludes that the smart money is on the Sox. To arrive at his answer, he provides brief comparisons of the lineups, rotation, pen, defensive capabilities, and managerial staff. I’m more than a little ticked he called Robi Cano a "sub-optimal" defender. I’m totally annoyed he mentioned the fact that Kei Igawa is the only lefty reliever because of the totally annoying fact that Kei Igawa is the only lefty reliever. It truly breaks my heart that he said the Yankees need better numbers out of Melky because of the heart-breaking truth that the Yankees need better numbers out of Melky.
All the same, reading his article and arguing with the screen got the blood good-and-angered up, just what I needed to prod the anticipation for the start of the season to answer these and other burning questions. Nothing like some good flamebait to keep hearth and home toasty during the long winter of wagging.