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Yankees vs. Team USA

Josh Beckett 01:38, 23 July 2008 . . PhreddieH...

Josh Beckett – July 23, 2008

The heart-stopping days where watching a Yankees-Red Sox game was about the best thing since sliced bread now seem like a distant memory even though the rivalry has only been stale for a few years.

Long gone are those infamous bench-clearing brawls, and 5-hour games that you never wanted to end.

Maybe it is not the end to the greatest rivalry in sports history, but it is certainly taking a sabbatical.

The Yankees haven’t done anything, literally.

Some might call this playing baseball the right-way, but vs. the Red Sox players are not supposed to be proper and polite because it is boring and tiresome.

The Yankees clubhouse did not turn into the frat party that the Red Sox’s did but maybe it should because I certainly needed a drink or three to get through the game.

What was really pathetic came in the tenth inning when Red Sox Josh Beckett got thrown out of the game for defending his teammates from the dugout bench.

When did Beckett become the poster boy for how to be a teammate?

I mean it was just yesterday Beckett was the after-school special for how NOT to behave as a pro-athlete.

All right, I’ll give Beckett the benefit of the doubt here and chalk up his passionate outburst as the only plausible excuse he has left to get back into the clubhouse.

Whatever, my point is that I would NEVER have even thought of changing the channel during a Yanks-Red Sox match in the past but tonight I did for about two innings to cheer on TEAM USA in the Olympics.

Look I am all about the red, white and blue but nothing in my mind is more American than this rivalry not even the Women’s Gymnastics, which is one of a handful of Olympic events I actually like to watch.

Instead the Yankees got beat 4-2 in the 10th inning last night in the rubber match so they also lost the series to Boston.

Fact is that since the All-Star Break the Yankees have basically been a total disaster.

The Yankees are 3-7 in their last 10 games, and their once comfy 10-game lead in the AL East is now at seven but it is an uncomfortable seven.

Most fans think I am crazy and aren’t worried because the Yankees are so contentedly ahead but I do not like the way they are playing right now. I do not like the Ichiro pick-up as I think they could have done better and lets hope the players start fighting like they did when they weren’t a looking like a “sure thing.”

“The race isn’t over until you cross the finish line. You’ll be surprised at how much can change in the last twenty strides.” —Jackie Dugall