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Just Keep Your Chin Up! Ok Now Bring it Back Down a Notch.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
There is no denying the pain the Yankees put us through over the course of the first half of the season, but I feel it is time that we put that behind us and look forward to better times in the coming months. It is true that they finished the first half under .500 (42-43) and with no fewer than 7 players on the DL (technically 8 if you count Mr. Pavano, which I do not because he is not actually a “player” in the strict sense of the word), but there are plenty of reasons to believe that all hope is not (yet) lost. They went into the All-Star break on a positive note, winning the 4-game series against the Twins and then taking 2 out of 3 from their mortal enemies the Angels, and both Hughes and Karstens are slowly but surely pulling themselves out from the depths of the seemingly bottomless DL-pit. Better still is the Yanks’ summer schedule, which looks significantly less intimidating than their grueling first half: they play just one more 3-game series against the Angels and 6 more games against the Red Sox (they faced them 12 times in the first half). Instead, they will have a chance to make up some ground with some "easier" games when they play 10 against the Royals, 14 against the last-place Devil Rays, and face the floundering Orioles 12 times.

Of course, even with a lightened load on the schedule front and the prospect of Hughes and Karstens rejoining the team to shoulder some of the burden, there still remains quite a hurdle between the Yanks and the post-season. After the Red Sox fell victim to the broom of the Rockies (what is truly sad here is the fact that the Yankees were also swept in Colorado and therefore I really have no business mocking Boston for their failure; if there is anything sadder than not being able to jest at Boston's expense, I am not aware of it) and the Yanks won 2 against the Angels the gap between the two still stands at 10 games, and they are 8.5 games out in the wildcard hunt. In my professional Baseball-Analyzer-and-Mathematician opinion, the odds of knocking the Red Sox out and winning the division are significantly brighter than the chances of them hopscotching Cleveland, Oakland, Seattle, Minnesota and Toronto to win the wildcard spot. 10 games is a considerable margin, sure, but insurmountable? It doesn't have to be. This team has not played to its potential for longer than a few innings all season - much to the collective chagrin of Big Stein, the Cash Man, Torre, you, and the Yankees Chick - but from the glimpses we have seen and the track records of the boys, they could certainly play better than the Sox if they were so inclined. It seems oversimplistic and a tad absurd in light of all the hardships the Yanks have endured this year, but I still wholeheartedly believe that the Yankees could and would be in first place if they just had a different attitude. Perhaps the combination of an easier schedule and the return of our wounded soldiers will be enough to spark some passion into that lackluster clubhouse.

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Tuesday, July 10, 2007  
7 Comments:
  • At 11:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    They say we have to win like 60% of our games. Thats crazy. I am fearful this might be the year we dont make the playoffs. Well its bound to happen some time right? They'll rebound. I still have faith they can make it but their mentality certainly has to change. We need to get rid of Farnsworth and Meyers either now or in the offseason.

     
  • At 10:31 PM, Blogger Señor November said…

    Wasn't that All-Star game fun!? A-Rod, Jeter, and Posada are all coming back in one piece. Ichiro hit an inside the park HR (who said there are NO memorable moments!?) Vlad the Impaler won the HR Derby (wasting lots of kayaker's time). Bonds didn't get a hit and Willie Mays got a very emotional tribute.

    I mean c'mon, almost makes you wish there was an All-Star game EVERY week.
    Almost.

     
  • At 10:50 PM, Blogger Ron said…

    i think more people need to start believing that a comeback could happen, because remember, they made up 7 games in two weeks.

    and also.....no one expected the sox to be up 10 at the break, but here we are.

    the sox' fortunes could change just as quickly and as easily as the yanks' did right out of the gate.

    there are two and a half months left, all sorts of time.

     
  • At 4:29 PM, Blogger Matthew said…

    Ok, I can understand standing by your team, and I totally respect it. And I get the possitive outlook and all - but do you HONESTLY, TRULY believe that they can catch the Sox? For real?

     
  • At 9:53 AM, Anonymous RS T-Roll said…

    If you think a .500 team can catch the BEST TEAM in BASEBALL for the AL East Pennant instead of a wildcard chance. You're more delusional than I thought you were!

    Nice try. Keep Dream'in Blondie

    You Yankee fans should adopt this as your theme song for the rest of the year:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95AEzyWZX8I

    better luck next year!

     
  • At 10:25 AM, Blogger YankeesChick said…

    trolly,
    YOU are delusional if you think boston is the best team in baseball. come on now! angel, padres, tigers and even possibly the mets are all better than the sox.

    that is not to say that the yankees are the best team either; they are not. but beating the red sox is certainly not some impossible dream...

     
  • At 3:22 PM, Blogger Matthew said…

    Mo, you're usually pretty right, but this time you're wrong, haha. While I don't think at this moment the Sox are the best, they were the best for a large chunk of the first half. The Tigers are the best right now, I agree - but the Padres? Not even close. Mets? No way. They aren't even the best in their division lately. Angels are damn good, but I'd put them pretty even with the Sox.

     
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