Okay. You asked for it, so here it is: A side-by-side, position-by-position player comparison of the 2006 Yanks and Sox. The results? We think we know where the division flag will be flying in October.
C: Jason Varitek vs. Jorge Posada
Jorge’s been working out and dieting this offseason, and comes into spring training, like, totally buff. Tek? Kinda tubby. Advantage Yanks.
1B: Kevin Youkilis/J.T. Snow vs. The Giambino/Andy Phillips
Even off the ‘roids, no contest. Advantage Yanks.
2B: Mark Lorettta vs. Robinson Cano
Loretta? Girly man from the NL. Cano rakes. Advantage Yanks.
SS: Derek Jeter vs. Alex Gonzalez
You’re kidding, right? Advantage Yanks.
3B: AL MVP Alex Rodriguez vs. Mike “My BA’s Fallen and It Can’t Get Up” Lowell
Advantage Yanks. Huge.
LF: Manny vs Matsui
Will Manny tank it or be shipped to Shea? Either way, Advantage Yanks.
CF: Coco vs. The Idiot
We prefer Count Chocula. Big time. Advantage Yanks.
RF: Trot Nixon vs. Gary Sheffield
Don’t even think about not picking Sheff. Or he’ll find you. Advantage Yanks.
DH: David Ortiz vs. Bernie Williams
Papi had his MVP shot in 05. We see a regression coming, and a Bernie revival. Call this one even.
Alright, we’re not even going to get into the pitching here, because that would just make everyone from Boston feel really, really bad, and we’re not that masochistic. But we will, ahem, close with this thought: Mike Timlin vs. Mariano Rivera.