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Why Do We Always Worry About THEM?…

 

How can we enjoy the Championship off-season when the Red Sox are just so darn busy?…

 

 

The champagne on the Yankee Stadium clubhouse floor hadn’t dried when it was announced that the Red Sox had acquired promising outfielder Jeremy Hermida from the Florida Marlins.  Hermida, 25, has underachieved in Miami but something tells me that he is about to blossom in Beantown.

 

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As expected, the Red Sox exercised the option for Victor Martinez, the 2010 starting catcher and they re-signed the ageless Tim Wakefield for two years.  The team did not pick up the option of former starting catcher Jason Varitek, however, I fully expect him to exercise his player option for a return in 2010 to back up Martinez.  I agree with Julia that Tek is a manager in waiting so I see next year as a transition year to coaching.  It would not surprise me at all to see him on Terry Francona’s staff in 2011.

 

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As much as I would like to see Jason Bay sign with the Yankees, I fully expect him to return to Boston.  I think the Yankees need a solid addition for the outfield, but I do not expect them to pursue either Bay or Matt Holliday.  I’d like to see them pursue someone like Jeremy Hermida…oops, too late!  Nevertheless, I am sure that there are other deals that could be made under the radar for a potential horse.

 

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There have been rumors that Boston will acquire San Diego Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.  That’s a deal, if it happens, which would not surprise me and would significantly strengthen the Sox.

 

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That, in turn, could force the Yanks to be major players for Angels starter John Lackey.  Imagine Lackey as the #2 starter behind CC Sabathia, sliding A.J. Burnett to third.  That would be a top trio in baseball, and one that would virtually guarantee a return to the post-season next year.

 

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I hope this off-season does not turn into another Brett Favre-like ordeal with pitcher Andy Pettitte.  If Andy wants to come back for at least one more year, and I think he does, the Yanks should move quickly to wrap him up on a one year deal.  The Red Sox showed Tim Wakefield much respect by how quickly they tore up his contract and signed him to a new two-year deal.  The Yankees need to give Andy the same respect.

 

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I saw that the Los Angeles Dodgers announced that Joe Torre’s staff would return intact for 2010.  It will be Torre’s final year on his current contract, although I read he is in negotiations for a new contract.  During his final years, I remember always hearing how his wife wanted him to retire and spend time with their daughter.  Here we are years later and the daughter is getting older.  Yet, Torre continues to manage.  Maybe he just can’t get managing out of his blood.  I hope it is something more like that than possible revenge against the Yankee brass or the desire to prove that he can win without the support of the Steinbrenner’s money.  I don’t want to take away from Don Mattingly but if he wants to be a future manager, is hitting coach the right spot?  I have always heard that Bench Coach or Third Base are better positions for future managers.  I still think that Donnie Baseball will replace Torre as Dodgers manager, however, it looks like it may be a few more years.

 

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Pedro Feliz may have hit a home run in Game 4 of the World Series, however, it didn’t take the Philadelphia Phillies long to say goodbye to their third baseman.  Thanks for all you do Pedro, but don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

 

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Why is my worst fear that the Yankees will be staring at Roy Halladay on the mound when April 5, 2010 rolls around?  I hope not, but of course, I am sure that a certain Red Sox blog will be gleefully delighted…

 

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The Little Engine That Could…

 

Wow, the winner is….ME! 

 

 

When the season started and the Yankees promptly proceeded to drop the first 8 games of their season series to the Boston Red Sox, I was starting to develop an inferiority complex.  At every turn, Julia was emerging victorious and I was wearing pink Red Sox hats.  But finally the tide turned in early August.

 

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At the All-Star break, the Yankees trailed the Red Sox by four games.  They had been swept in their last series before the break by the Los Angeles Angels, and admittedly, I was a bit pessimistic.

 

 

But after the break, the Yankees quickly caught and passed the Red Sox.  Then, came the four game sweep at Yankee Stadium against the Red Sox in early August that stopped the losing streak.

 

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But the true test was the latest road trip.  The Yankees first headed for Seattle where they took 3 of 4 from the Mariners.  Next stop was Oakland.  Former Yankee Brett Tomko silenced the Yankee bats in the first game, but the Yanks came back to win the next two to take the series.  With a 5-2 road record, the Yankees headed for Boston.  The Sox had been playing very well, and the 30 inning scoreless streak against the Yankees earlier in the month seemed to be a distant memory. 

The Yankees took the first game at Fenway Park, but it wasn’t easy as ridiculous as it sounds.  With a 12-1 lead, I was actually fretful of a Sox comeback.  The Red Sox did starting scoring runs, but fortunately the Yanks stayed several steps ahead.  At one point, I had sent an email to Julia to tell her guys to quit scoring.  She didn’t listen.  With a 20-7 lead in the 9th inning, the Red Sox scored 4 runs to close the gap to 20-11, but that was it…finally.

 

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I knew that once the Yankees scored 20 runs, they were in trouble the next day.  Generally, whenever the Yanks have scored 20 or more runs in a game, they struggle offensively the next night.  I can really only recall one time that ever not being the case.  Unfortunately, it held the next day as the Red Sox thrashed the Yanks, 14-1.

 

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So, Julia and I went into the final game of the series tied.  I wasn’t overly optimistic given that Josh Beckett was on the mound.  But at least we had CC Sabathia on our side.  I recognize that CC has had his share of failures at Fenway Park, but in August, CC seems virtually unstoppable.  It wasn’t a great performance on Sunday, but he didn’t give up 5 home runs like Beckett.  Plus, he had Hideki Matsui on his side.  Matsui lived up to his nickname this series, “Godzilla”…

 

 

It was somewhat bittersweet given that this is perhaps his final year in pinstripes.  There is virtually no chance that the Yankees will re-sign Matsui so this is his farewell tour.  The Red Sox probably wish that he would have left a year earlier.

 

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In the end, the Yanks had an 8-4 victory, and completed a 7-3 winning road trip.  They had taken the Red Sox in the latest series, with only one more remaining.  So, it means that my friend Julia will be posting a Pro-Yankee Top 11 List.  Plus, she must spend a day wearing a Yankees cap and provide photos to prove it.  A pink Yankees cap has been ordered through MLB.com, and is making its way to Boston.

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Enjoy being a Yankees fan for a day, Julia!

 

 

 

…farewell until we meet again in September!  We’ll need to come up with a memorable wager since it will be the last hurrah of 2009…well, at least until the Yanks meet the Red Sox in the American League Championship Series!

With the Red Sox’ win tonight over the Chicago White Sox, the Yankees’ lead in the AL East stands at 7 games.  This one is far from over, but on August 24th, I like where the Yankees sit.

 

 

During the off-season, I liked the moves that Theo Epstein made for the Red Sox, including the one they didn’t make (Mark Teixeira).  Overall, I thought that Theo did a better job of filling the holes, while Brian Cashman was focusing on big game.  Even during the season, Theo has made some wise moves, such as the trade for Cleveland’s Victor Martinez.  John Smoltz didn’t pan out, but he was better suited for the NL anyway.  In the grand scheme of things, I’d rather have Clay Buchholz in the starting rotation than John Smoltz so it worked out for Boston.  I was frustrated when the Yanks’ biggest in-season moves were Eric Hinske, Jerry Hairston, Jr., and Chad Gaudin.  But the patience that Brian Cashman had (that I did not have) paid off as the bullpen solidified once Phil Hughes began his mastery of the 8th inning.  I guess that’s why Cash gets the big bucks, and I only sit and write about it.

 

 

I am still not convinced that the Yankees have the starting pitching to go deep in the play-offs unless A.J. Burnett steps up his game.  But the Yanks have the talent to get hot in late September/early October.  Frank Miller, a late cartoonist for The Des Moines (Iowa) Register, used to say that it wasn’t an official World Series if the Yankees weren’t in it.  I am thinking that it is time for an official World Series…

 

 

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Go Yankees!

–Scott

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