“Losing streaks are funny. If you lose at the beginning, you get off to a bad start. If you lose in the middle of the season, you’re in a slump. If you lose at the end, you’re choking.” - Gene Mauch, one of the most winning managers and at one time a player in baseball history.
Well, the Yankees
had a bad start, as awesome best describes my Bombers now. It was the Yanks
who sent a clear message this past weekend to the Boston Red Sox
. As the Yanks swept the four game series from the Boston Boys. In essence the Yanks gave them a big but necessary taste of their own medicine.
It was to say modestly, baseball at it’s best. An ailing and latest steroid plague team, the Red Sox did all that was possible to make each game hard work for the Yankees.
Oh yes! It was not to long ago that the Yankees were struggling with injuries (Posada
, Arod, Molina to name a few), the complete melt down of their ace, Chien-Ming Wang
and the infamous list revealing our best player and probably baseball’s as being a cheater.
And the Red Sox made the Yankees pay. Sweeping the team in winning the first eight meetings up until this past weekend.
I guess one could say the Yanks reversed this seasons curse. Ironically, the biggest star being Alex Rodriguez
with a home-run, in the bottom of the 15th
inning of a pitching duel where it was the only run scored
. It was an epic game on Friday night that was a battle till the end.
The Yankees had no choice in taking this series but sweeping it just makes it all the more satisfying.
For the moment the Yankees look unstoppable and are playing first class baseball. The mess of a team is finally proving to every doubter who counted the Bombers out that this team is for real; at least for today.
Not only for the heated rivalry, but “Who’s your daddy, now?” seemed to be a theme all over baseball this weekend.
If anything can be learned about baseball it is being proved this season. Just one hit of the ball can change so much of a teams direction. It makes the point that no team’s future is secure and anything can happen. Realize that….
The Washington Nationals, the worst team in the Majors have won their last eight games in a row.
NL East is becoming a better race than the AL East….why?
The Philadelphia Phillies should not be so comfortable as the Florida Marlins swept the Champs over the weekend. Marlins are only four behind the their division rival and if anyone remembers what a complete collapse looks like it is the Phillies from two seasons ago.
Marlins were not the only team in the NL East to sweep; as the Atlanta Braves took all three from the all mighty Dodgers. Atlanta sits just a half a game behind Florida.
Tampa Bay is still struggling and losing. If they want to catch Boston their window of opportunity was this past weekend. The Rays are so talented and young that whatever is going on internally needs to be addressed ASAP before it is too late. The wild card is ripe for the taking with only one and a half behind Red Sox who are tied presently for AL Wildcard.
Texas Rangers took two of three from the Angels this weekend. Texas has put themselves just three and a half behind the first place Angels and tied it up for the second time in a week with Boston for the AL Wild Card. Ranger players want the division and it is in close reach to steal.
Boston will not just fold and lay dead. That is a promise. Theo Epstein is hard at work even as you read this and this is not the last any Yankee will hear of this team.
Guess the Yankees didn’t want, nor need to add another ace starting pitcher and Brian Cashman should thank Steinbrenner Jr. for keeping the wallet close. Detroit took Jarrod Washburn, an ace for Seattle before the trade deadline. A move that Yankees fans questioned because it seemed logical and easy. Washburn is a mess in a different uniform something Cashman and Co. are very familiar with in the past; grabbing a consistent, proven ace just not having the same production as before. Phew.
That is just a reminder for everyone that there is still a lot of baseball left to play. By no means is this to take away from the teams, especially my Yankees, the accomplishments of late.
Be proud, be ecstatic but don’t be superior for a minute. For that unbelievable minute will be the minute you wish you could take back forever.
When anyone, person or team is on top, everything seems easier; then you lose one or two than it becomes too late.
In 2007 the most unlikely collapse happened once already in New York City. Let’s just hope everyone in the Bronx still remembers that Queens is just next door.