Wide World of Blogs: “The Mystique of Me”

Yes, the mystique (and aura) is back in Yankeeland.  The Yanks, who have spent the better part of the season chasing the Red Sox, are in first. It’s the way things are meant to be. Everything is in order. I’ve even heard that the weather is slightly more bearable in New York City today. And Yankees blogs are buzzing with the good news. Here are the highlights from this past week:

  • Reporters and cynics thought Gary Sheffield would react poorly to the addition of Bobby Abreu. After all, Abreu seemingly takes his spot on the roster in 2007. But Sheffield works in mysterious ways, and he wants everyone to know that. Upon Abreu’s arrival in the Bronx, Gary, flouting social mores, didn’t just shake Bobby’s hand in greeting, he hugged his new teammate. If that’s not incredible enough, the notoriously crotchety veteran is prepared to change positions. He’s ready to play first if that’s what it means to stay in the pinstripes. Alex Belth at Bronx Banter linked to Gary’s explanation for this unexpected behavior: "Y’all think you know what I’m going to do, but you don’t. Nobody knows. That’s the mystique of me."
  • Peter Abraham at Lohud Yanks reports that Hideki Matsui will probably not return until September if he comes back at all.
  • In case you were wondering if the Yanks actually did well in acquiring Bobby Abreu and Corey Lidle for next to nothing earlier this week, Jay Jaffe at The Futility Infielder has the definitive answer: It was a "slam dunk."
  • The always informative and brilliant Mike’s Rants has a piece up about whether Bobby Abreu is overpaid.
  • I first saw this on No Maas: Apparently, during a recent interview Brian Cashman tore WFAN brainiac Christopher "Mad Dog" Russo to pieces. Strike 4,987,903 against sports radio. Is there actually intelligent sports radio in the world? Please let us know.
  • Seth Mnookin, author of Feeding The Monster, explains Red Sox management’s relative inaction at the deadline. Is this a defense of Theo or just an explanation of what went down? And if it’s a defense, couldn’t this be applied to basically every team in the league? And wouldn’t that mean that every front office is unassailable? And wouldn’t that take away half of the fun of being a fan?
  • I’m psyched about the existence of a YFSF Historical Task Force. Who knew we had such resources? So, we found out about the only time a game has been canceled due to excessive heat. What else do you guys want to know.? Are there any obscure little factoids that you’ve been wondering about? Ask away! Who knows. Maybe, you’ll get an answer. 
5 comments… add one
  • I like Seth Mnookin, but this analysis doesn’t seem particularly objective or useful. The hagiographic packaging of the obvious as revelatory feels trite.

    YF August 4, 2006, 3:33 pm
  • //wouldn’t that take away half of the fun of being a fan?//
    i am starting to think that my definition of the fun of being a fan and the definition belonging to many other people are very different things.
    nice use of 50 cent words there, YF, but it still doesn’t mean you’re actually in the FO with the sox brass. mnookin is. that lends him a certain credibility, don’t you think?

    beth August 4, 2006, 4:00 pm
  • “YF, but it still doesn’t mean you’re actually in the FO with the sox brass. mnookin is. that lends him a certain credibility, don’t you think?”
    It can hurt a reporter’s attempt at objective analysis and reporting, no? If I can make the connection to a much more serious issue. Wasn’t Amy Miller’s connections to the administration a huge problem? Didn’t she provide the public with bad information in the run-uo the war due in large part to intelligence she was being fed by her contacts inside the white house?
    And, Beth, I was joking (a little) about that feature of fandom. I enjoy the games, the play on the field, more than anything else. But bitching about management, well that just seems so American and right.

    Nick-YF August 4, 2006, 4:14 pm
  • I meant Judith Miller. oops.

    Nick-YF August 4, 2006, 4:15 pm
  • Credibility? Seth has something to gain in promoting the success of the Sox FO. That doesn’t mean he’s wrong, or that his points are not valid. But given his relationship with the club, and the fact that his book is about their intelligence, well, you can use words of any price to describe that situation, but objectivity isn’t one of them.
    And again, I like Seth. But his reputation is as media critic (see Hard News), so I find this a bit odd.

    YF August 4, 2006, 4:21 pm

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