Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Winning Evil

I know some of you will argue up and down with me about this, but behold the finish to tonight's game: (all with two outs, mind you) HBP, HBP, Walk, Double

That is what some of you would call "a typical Yankees win." Except maybe it needed a two-base throwing error on a dropped third strike or something...either way, no wonder those Yunks fans are so smug. Winning a game like that, which your bullpen tried to give away after a valiant comeback, on a night when your starrest, clutchest player takes the worst 0'fer in baseball, well, it feels kinda good.

It takes those kinds of crazy, giveaway wins to build a championship season. It takes playing Cleveland, who in my mind, haven't been able to get out of their own way since the last week of last season, to build that sort of season. The Yunks have been banged up and winning cheap all year. Maybe now it's our turn. Remember back in games 4-7 of '04 ALCS? For those four games, every break seemed to go our way: fortunate ground rule doubles, overturned (correctly) ump calls in the Stadium, borderline pitches, Olerrud's freak foot injury. Well, that's what we need now, because I don't know about you, but I'm worried right now. We're in second, with two starters to the DL, questionable at best middle relief and ostensibly three starting pitchers (two of whom are in the top 5 in homers allowed). The Yunks have weathered their injury storm and, again you'll all argue, they got better at the trade deadline. Not a lot better, but better. So we need wins any way we can get them. Jeter said it best last night, upon moving into first place. He said, all that means is that we don't have to rely on other teams; if we win, we'll be fine. So there, Boston, if you win, you'll be fine. Doesn't matter how the wins come.


Blogger Peter N said...

Faith. That's what your post said to me. And yeah, the Yanks look strong and ready for the 2 month season to come. We'll be ready....promise.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Michael Leggett said...

Ready & then some:

Umps have to stop fearing those asshat fans in the Bronx.

2:09 AM  

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