No Cheering in the Press Box

I often think I should give up blogging and join the baseball media. Maybe I will, someday. The idea does have its merits. But on nights like last night, I’m glad to be a blogger. When your team is down, and things seem like they couldn’t get worse, and then, somehow, the impossible starts to feel possible. We all know the feeling. You sit there kneading your hands and hoping and pleading to the gods and then BAM!!!!! When Damon took Westbrook deep, I jumped out of my seat and started dancing around the room. I was shouting “YEAH!” My wife was cheering, and my 20-month-old daughter was giggling and saying “Mah! Mah! Mah!” That translates to “More! More! More!” She may not have understood what was going on in the game—though I wouldn’t put anything past her—but she could certainly see how happy mom and dad had become, and she didn’t want the joy we were all sharing to end. I couldn’t agree more. MAH!

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  • Yankee fans understandably must feel alot better today, especially with Paul Byrd on the mound tonight instead of C.C., but out of no disrespect, I can’t STAND how the sports media, for instance ESPN, has indefensibly switched from sounding the death knoll for the yankees and joe torre to acting like some sleeping yankee giant has awoken and will storm through the rest of the playoffs. I’m happy you yankee fans, my brother being one of them, will not be swept, you deserve better from your team, and torre deserves none of the blame for the team’s poor play, that being said, please don’t adopt this shameless superiority/entitlement mindset in the mass sports media until you do indeed come back, if you do… here’s to both teams destroying themselves before they meet the sox in the ALCS! (Had to say that.) Good luck tonight

    Ed October 8, 2007, 2:05 pm
  • Well Ed, the thing about the Yankees is that their offense had hardly showed up in the first two games–most notably Jeter and ARod. After last night though, it really feels like the giant has awoken. ESPECIALLY so with ARod, who has finally gotten around his playoff mental-block. After last night’s game it truly feels like they are going to stomp through the next two games and face Boston on Friday.
    Having said that… baseball analysts are so flip-floppy. Paul Byrd may pull a Weaver and pitch a great game tonight and send the Bombers home crying, and the ESPN analysts will flip again and say that New York got dominated and that they never had a chance.

    Atheose October 8, 2007, 2:21 pm
  • I wonder…start Byrd, then bring in CC to pitch the last few innings?
    Shades of Pedro against the Indians a few years ago…

    bostondreamer October 8, 2007, 3:13 pm
  • Isn’t “Mah!” what A-Rod yelled in Toronto?

    Pete October 8, 2007, 3:14 pm
  • I don’t buy it Atheose… Jeter’s still in a rut and A-Rod, I believe, hit two singles (I apologize if i’m wrong)… tonight will be telling. The Indians really should try C.C., what do they have to lose? Starting Carmona on regular rest?
    p.s. they scored 8 runs (in large part due to a Trot Nixon error)… the Indians held in and scored on off Joba, I just don’t see the “monster” thing

    Ed October 8, 2007, 3:23 pm
  • I’m with Ed. A couple of singles (no RBI) is hardly some colossal turnaround for a 50 HR guy who carried the team all year.
    Damon saved the Yankees last night, and the pitchers who salvaged Rah-jah’s ignominious end.

    Hudson October 8, 2007, 3:28 pm
  • Amen Hudson. Now back to work! I’ll be back to comment throughout tonights game Yank fans (I promise to be reasonably respectful.)

    Ed October 8, 2007, 3:41 pm
  • Not that it’s that important in the bigger argument, but the Trot error wasn’t that big of a deal — it resulted in an extra run, maybe two. It’s not like he dropped a fly ball and threw away a chance at an out.

    bj yf October 8, 2007, 3:47 pm
  • The A-Rod not performing thing is really getting old fellas. The entire team, up until last night, was struggling offensively, not just Alex. We can beat it to death some more or I can just show you this:
    Duncan .333
    Giambi .333
    Damon .308
    Cano .273
    Matsui .222
    Abreu .200
    Rodriguez .200
    Cabrera .167
    Posada .100
    Jeter .083
    Mientkiewicz .000
    The captain said it best “We, W-E.”

    John - YF (Trisk) October 8, 2007, 4:06 pm
  • Looking at numbers afetr three games is so ridiculously sample-sized. It’s hard to use them to pick out anything other than: “This is why we did how we did. Because so and so did or did not hit.” To me, that list is basically a curiosity — the three most consistent hitters for the Yankees this season all have not hit as well in a very limited sample, and it’s cost the team two games (hopefully three!)

    Paul SF October 8, 2007, 4:08 pm
  • (this being the new one who is not a sox fan).
    I think the criticism of the commintariat is more than warranted. Good lord lets not get started on Steve Phillips. They are not really analytical as much as they just roll with the waves but come up with enough spin to make themselves seem profound.
    And they count on the fact no one records the number of foolish calls they make. Can you imagine if we sat down and tracked predictions/analysis by, say, the Baseball Tonight crew? You’d never want to watch it again (but would because of the need for highlights)

    Rob October 8, 2007, 4:20 pm
  • Agreed Paul, looking at the numbers after three games is “so ridiculously sample-sized.” But so is blaming Alex over and over and over again. This is a team game, the Yankees would love Alex to get hot and carry them, but it’s also not required.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 8, 2007, 4:24 pm
  • It’s confirmed, the Yankees have added Ron Villone to the roster and dropped Clemens from the roster.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 8, 2007, 4:46 pm
  • It not like the Yankees haven’t faced outstanding pitching – perhaps the best 1-3 punch in all of baseball this year (see ERA+). If those three also struggle against Paul Byrd, they deserve to go home.

    Pete October 8, 2007, 4:54 pm
  • Whoops – that should have read 1-2 punch.

    Pete October 8, 2007, 5:08 pm
  • Hey Rob, just for clarity and ease of parsing, would you please use “Rob YF” or some variant thereof when posting? The Rob who happens to be an SF has been around these parts for some time. No offense intended and hope you don’t mind; glad you chose to chime in.

    attackgerbil October 8, 2007, 5:33 pm
  • AG, me and the other “Rob” worked things out last night. I proudly changed my display name.

    Rob SF October 8, 2007, 5:42 pm
  • So Clemens is officially out of the ALCS, if the Yankees make it that far. So I guess I’ll ask the question, poking the bear a bit:
    Did Clemens live up to expectations? Last I heard, the response was, “Wait until the postseason.” Well, here we are…

    Paul SF October 8, 2007, 5:43 pm
  • Might still be nice to add the YF moniker, New Rob :) People who haven’t been in on the conversation since your arrival might assume you’re the SF Rob.

    Jackie (SF) October 8, 2007, 5:46 pm
  • The last three games, and the last few postseason exits make me wonder how this team ticks. And I keep wondering if its similar to how I, as a fan, tick.
    The championship teams definitely played with expectations but they also played with a bunch of guys who were not Hall of Famers. They might have been allowed to not necessarily think of their at-bats as “part of a legacy.” Guys like Brosius, Hayes, Leyritz, a couple of Riveras not named Mariano. These guys could be forgiven if they played with a certain glee and not the heavy foreboding that the current team has shown.
    And that also describes how I watched those teams. I didn’t pencil them in for October on opening Day. I didn’t rub that mark out every time we lost a game or A-Rod didn’t hit a home run. I took it a day at a time and enjoyed what I got.
    And now, thats not true. Now there is a huge payroll, and a team of not just All-Stars, but Hall of Famers. And now I’m watching April baseball with an eye to who should be our World Series starters. And in the playoffs, when the expectations ratchet up even more, the players tend to play with that added tightness.
    I think Sox fans are getting to this point since 2004. Where each hit is greeted with a sigh of relief and every win is a knock against the inevitable. I can’t imagine what its like to play for Steinbrenner, but I live what its like to be a Yankee fan. Fear of failure sometimes overwhelms desire to win. The Red Sox fought this with their “Cowboy Up” or “Just a bunch of idiots” bit, those loosened the tension, made the moment manageable. They didn’t give in to the idea of losing, but it became a bit less constricting. The Yanks (especially before the Youngins) could never do that.
    And maybe thats why Torre stays even though he mismanages the bullpen; because he creates a safe zone for good players to play freely when everything around them demands nothing but excellence.

    Carlos October 8, 2007, 5:56 pm
  • // Did Clemens live up to expectations? //
    When Clemens signed on May 6th, he explicitly stated that anything less than bringing a championship back to New York would be a “failure.”
    His words.

    Anonymous October 8, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • // Did Clemens live up to expectations? //
    When Clemens signed on May 6th, he explicitly stated that anything less than bringing a championship back to New York would be a “failure.”
    His words.

    Hudson October 8, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • “…Did Clemens live up to expectations?…”
    “…When Clemens signed on May 6th, he explicitly stated that anything less than bringing a championship back to New York would be a “failure.”
    His words….”
    uh huh, and the words from theo and many sox fans here were that the sox made a legitimate, fair offer to sign him…he could have been your disappointment, except for a few dollars…seems hypocritical to ask yf’s to defend him when it came so close to being your problem…can’t have it both ways guys…

    dc October 8, 2007, 9:46 pm

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