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Old 05-30-2007, 11:55 AM   #286
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I won't pussyfoot around the issue. The Sox have the division. Sure, the Yankees, may get the wildcard, but not the division.
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the way the AL Central is going the yankees will need to win at leaswt 95 games to take the wild card. they are currently on pace for 68 wins. they would have to go, from this point on, 74 and 38 to close the season to get to 95 wins, a winning percentage of .660. only the mets and red sox currently have a win percentage of .660 or higher.

doable? sure... likely? not bloody
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The Yanks are done. I'm spolied, we've been in the playoffs for over a decade straight....and it had to end at some point...but to have it end like this is a little jarring. Whatever, nobody is gonna have any sympathy, and nor should they, but it does suck. And it sucks worse, because the Mets and Red Sox are both so good. FUCK.
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The Sox will have Wakefield, Schilling, and Beckett going against the Yankees this weekend. Surely they are sensing the opportunity to TKO them for good.
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The Yanks are done. I'm spolied, we've been in the playoffs for over a decade straight....and it had to end at some point...but to have it end like this is a little jarring. Whatever, nobody is gonna have any sympathy, and nor should they, but it does suck. And it sucks worse, because the Mets and Red Sox are both so good. FUCK.
the thing that would worry me more if i were a yankee fan wasn't the fact that the team sucks... that was bound to happen eventually, and there have been signs of the fall popping up for years, starting when they were up 3-0 on the red sox and pissed it all away because joe torre refuses to play small ball and fails to understand the concept of the productive out, and mariano, the ultimate symbol of yankee dominance, couldn't get the job done.

no, what would worry me is that management, namely the owner, fails to understand that the ship hath sinketh, and seems intent on adding more and more overpriced, past their prime veterans in a last gasp attempt to salvage the titanic.

if i were a yankee fan, i'd hope for the worst... let them be 25 games out, let them fire everyone... the last thing i'd want is for them to fall 16/17 games back, then win a bunch of games during a very weak june schedule to at least make it look like a mini run towards the playoffs... which would, of course, ultimately lead to cashman trading off some young prospects for the overpriced, over-rated vet de jour that some mid market team is trying to get rid of in a salary dump.

the ship is sinking, the hole is not reparable. scrap the ship and build a new one. but alas, if jim dolan has taught is anything, it's that guys with lots of money think it's impossible to rebuild in new york. treading water with overpriced, overrated teams? no problem... scrap and build for the future? naaaah
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clinching a division so early in the season usually isnt a good thing
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You whippersnappers don't remember 1978...I do.
Unless Bucky F'in Dent gets hit by a bus tomorrow, the Yanks aren't dead.
They are however on life support.

As headache pointed out, the bigger picture with the Yanks is more troubling. Since they constantly add high priced and usually past their prime players (Giambi, Abreu, Damon, Abreu, Clemens, Abreu, Big Unit, Abreu, Pavano, Abreu, Pettitte part deux, and Abreu are prime examples in recent years)...their future outside of Phil McCracken Hughes looks bleak.
If StrayRod opts out, they'll have a hole at 3rd, a hole at 1st, 2 holes in the rotation, a hole in RF, huge question mark at closer, a breaking down CF and an aging C to start 2008 accompanied by a bullpen of rag arms for middle relief and set up roles.

On the bright side they'll have Jeets and Matsui.
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meanwhile, across town, everything's coming up roses...




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good to see mr. met's recovered from that dark period a few years ago...

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So, what's the deal with him and Mrs. Met -- are they still together or what?
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mr. met really did turn from an incredibly cheesey mascot when they first brought him back 10 years or so ago to one of the best around, thanks largely to those espn commercials.
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You whippersnappers don't remember 1978...I do.
Unless Bucky F'in Dent gets hit by a bus tomorrow, the Yanks aren't dead.
They are however on life support.

As headache pointed out, the bigger picture with the Yanks is more troubling. Since they constantly add high priced and usually past their prime players (Giambi, Abreu, Damon, Abreu, Clemens, Abreu, Big Unit, Abreu, Pavano, Abreu, Pettitte part deux, and Abreu are prime examples in recent years)...their future outside of Phil McCracken Hughes looks bleak.
If StrayRod opts out, they'll have a hole at 3rd, a hole at 1st, 2 holes in the rotation, a hole in RF, huge question mark at closer, a breaking down CF and an aging C to start 2008 accompanied by a bullpen of rag arms for middle relief and set up roles.

On the bright side they'll have Jeets and Matsui.
I remember that as well. This aint 1978, though.

Agreed to all the things stated above to worry about re: the Yankees future.
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StrayRod certainly knows how to maintain his image, doesn't he?

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TORONTO (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez helped the New York Yankees end their five-game losing streak with his bat -- and his mouth.

Rodriguez distracted Toronto third baseman Howie Clark by shouting at him on a key popup in the ninth inning, touching off arguments all over the field, and the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 10-5 Wednesday night.

"I just said, 'Hah!' That's it," Rodriguez said. "Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't."

It definitely worked in rankling the Blue Jays.

"The thing about the Yankees, one of the reasons they're so respected, is they do things right. Always have," manager John Gibbons said. "They've got a lot of pride and a lot of class. They play the game hard.

"That's not Yankee pride right there," he said. "That's not the way they play. I thought it was bush league."

Rodriguez hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth that made it 7-5. Jorge Posada followed with a high infield pop and Rodriguez ran hard, cutting between Clark and shortstop John McDonald.

Replays showed Rodriguez shouting something, and Clark backed off at the last second. McDonald was only a few steps behind Clark, but couldn't make the catch and ball dropped for an RBI single.

"I don't know what my intention was," Rodriguez said. "I didn't say, 'I got it' or anything like that."

Clark claimed Rodriguez called for the ball.

"I heard a 'Mine' call and so I let it go," Clark said. "It wasn't Johnny Mac. What do you do? It makes you mad."

After the play, McDonald started jawing with Rodriguez, and third base umpire Chad Fairchild got between them.

Gibbons came out to argue, and exchanged words with Rodriguez and third base coach Larry Bowa before leaving the field as plate umpire Eric Cooper intervened. Rodriguez stayed on the bag with a smirk.

As Jason Giambi stepped up to hit, he seemed to get into it with catcher Jason Phillips and Cooper settled them down.

Giambi followed with a two-run single. When the game ended, many of the Blue Jays stayed on the bench, staring at Rodriguez and the Yankees.

Rodriguez brushed aside the Blue Jays' anger, saying the Yankees were "desperate" for a win.

"Honestly, I couldn't care less," he said. "They have their opinions. We're looking not to be swept."

Clark said he'd never seen -- or heard -- that play before. "This is my 16th season and it's never happened once," he said.

Rodriguez said he's often heckled by opposing players.

"That play happens to me three or four times a week, except it's not at third base, it's over in foul territory by the dugout," Rodriguez said.

The Yankees didn't quite know what to think.

"I wasn't sure that was allowed," outfielder Johnny Damon said. "If it is, maybe we'll keep on doing it."

Said manager Joe Torre: "I don't know what to feel for it. It's not like he said, 'I got it."'

It certainly was an adventuresome day for Rodriguez. He made the cover of the New York Post on Wednesday -- and not because of the Yankees' slump.

"STRAY-ROD" blared the Page 1 headline across a picture of A-Rod and an unidentified woman in Toronto earlier this week. "Alex hits strip club with mystery blonde," it continued.

"Absolutely no comment about anything personal and I certainly don't think this will be a distraction to our team," he said before Wednesday's win.

Rodriguez has been in the middle of an unusual, on-field dispute before. In Game 6 of the 2004 AL championship series, he slapped the ball from Boston pitcher Bronson Arroyo's glove, and was called out for interference.
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i put the ny post in the toilet before doing my business yesterday.

anything a-rod does in public? by all means... rip it to shreads for all i care. have a photographer follow him around and snap a picture of him walking with an unknown woman and declare that he's having an afair without any proof whatsoever? i don't care who it is... that's just wrong, and if this sort of stalkarazzi action continues all it's going to do is hurt all new york sport teams... why would a big name free agent want to come here if he can't do anything without fear of having some stupid ass photographer taking his picture and jumping to conclusions?

as for a-rod's "mine" call... hey, it's a "crafty" play, but a thirdbaseman really shouldn't do it to another thirdbaseman. one would think if someone did it to a-rod he would turn around and smack them with his man purse.
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