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Still lots of baseball left but that doesn’t change the fact that NFLis right around the corner. Football season is along with cheering on

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the Yankees, I also am a huge NY Giants fan.

So from time to time I will post on football and once the season starts it will be more frequent.
I have played in a Fantasy League for about five years now and am pretty knowledgeable on the subject.
Here is a slideshow featured on the Bleacher Report that I recently put together as I have had a lot of req
uests for some NFL thoughts. It features five players that I think have been under valued by experts but that I suspect will be of great value to any fantasy team. The five players are not “sleepers” as each has the potential but claimed to be riskier which is where I disagree.
Hopefully I can get most of them on my fantasy team in my draft. Please be aware that injuries are frequent in football so this is with the high hopes players are in good health….please click the link below:

Yanks, Marlins, Braves: MLB Teams Replace Bats With Brooms

“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.
Deja vu?
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 Wangand 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.


The Yankees Need To Do It With Their Sox Off

The AL East’s bragging rights are up for grabs, along with first place, which is huge in all aspects but for the these two franchises it means much more.

It is not because the Bombers have to play catch up, as the team is in first by two and a half games. First place is definitely a place that New York wants to continue to be in.

Realistically the division can be won, without the need to win one game against Boston to accomplish this. So why not just take every game as just another game?

Well it is pretty simple, the Yankees or the Red Sox would never feel like the champs if either team could not beat their biggest rivals,each other.

Embarrassing, to say the least. The history between the two teams is at a point where what was once a Yankees universe has become a Red Sox nations. Boston had become the paramount of baseball and that was six years ago. Boston still has yet to be de-throned.

In 2003 the AL Championship series was well overdue for Boston. Winning the World Series for the first time in a longtime, since 1918 and once again in 2006 cemented the Red Sox as the elite in Major Leagues.

The rug got yanked right from under the Yankees. It happened fast. The Yanks were so stunned, that finally this year the shock has worn off and the team is furious.

Furiously hungry to get back the bragging rights in the biggest rivalry in all sports and of all time.

This is the best baseball to watch and the fans are fortunate to finally have it back.

Just in case the Yankees forget what they need to do, here is a short list:

  • play good and tough small ball – steal bases; generate long at bats; don’t leave guys on base
  • hitters’ have to go with ‘just get a single‘ mentality instead of trying to go yard, no matter the score; games that are as tough as this trying to be the hero hurts more than it helps
  • put up runs early-on so the pressure of playing catch-up stays minimal; the come-back, walk-offs are so satisfying but a equally exhausting so consistency is key
  • Joba has gotta give us a fourth start that mirror the last three by going deep into the game; sets the tone of the series; Joba is utilizing more of his unfamiliar pitches which is key for him and his fastball gains speed as inning pile that is proof this kid is backing up the hype (finally); Hughes in NOT available tonight which could play be disaster if two or three innings need to get filled by the bullpen
  • Mo is well rested and presume that he will go in in the bottom of the eighth with two outs – his maximum workload being four outs
  • give Arod full green light to steal because that is why he is so lethal as most hitters with Arod-like stats cannot run like the third baseman
  • defense cannot make errors as Boston will take advantage

The Yankees are the same team that Boston has taken the first eight games away from. It is Boston that is not the same team. The only thing that changes about the Yanks is their confidence seems to melt when Varitek and company are around.

The Red Sox have been struggling since coming back from the All-Star break. Please keep in mind that this is baseball and the team is the Red Sox I am referring too.

Teams get hot and then freeze just as fast y
ou might have blinked and missed it. It happens to every team, each season because it is so long and so much baseball gets played. And Boston getting hot is going to happen again, the club is too good to fall without a fight.

On paper the stats and records against other teams may enough for the title of ‘won the championship’ or ‘first place in division’ to headline newspapers and Sportscenter. This is not going to fly for the Yankees, if underneath it says ‘but cannot beat Boston’ or ‘might be the champs but Red Sox are the best,’ or something to that tune.

Both teams want to win, this we all know. For the boys form the Bronx, it is mandatory to prove themselves in this series; to shut up doubters, the haters and most of all the Boston Red Sox.

So this is not just another game, in another series, against another team. Everyone knows the significance and anyone who claims otherwise is flat-out a liar.

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Joe Girardi’s Secrets: How The Yanks Took A Halladay

The Rogers Centre was at full capacity tonight up in Toronto. The fans looking relieved, confirming it was just a nightmare, as Roy Halladay, the best pitcher in baseball, walked onto the Blue Jays mound once again. Toronto’s ace looked like a goner before the trade deadline but the cost for Roy’s arm was just to high a price, even for the Yankees.

Halladay is so dynamite that if any opposing team’s starter has to be basically perfect. It is inevitable that hitters will not be able to produce against Halladay, so in preparing for a game like tonight’s the idea of how to win has to be under this assumption.

And that is exactly why Joe Girardi is such levelheaded manager. Not afraid to humbly admitted that the Yanks had to give it everything and anything to beat this individual ace.

It is refreshing that Girardi tells it like it is no. No matter who the player, the treatment has now consistently been shown to be equal. Not one guy gets treated any differently, which is a huge part of the comradeship that has formed.

The definition of “team” is what Girardi has accomplished in his last season and a half. That is no small feat with the amount of all-stars with huge paychecks the Yanks have. Then having to fill a hero’s shoes in Torre, only to have that same man he once called his skipper sell the team out for all to read about didn’t make the new Joe’s job any easier.

Girardi is now in sync with the players and it has shown in the determination to win over and over. Beating Halladay was just another full-blown example of what is happening and Girardi is responsible for the team’s success.

Along with our skipper, the players are so proud of their team to let that go.

This was seen tonight but the outstanding job done by Andy Petite who pitched seven plus solid innings. Commanding the plate with his cutter, Petite struck out Alex Rios for his sixth strike out and that was in the bottom of the seventh. Continue reading ‘Joe Girardi’s Secrets: How The Yanks Took A Halladay’ »

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