Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Spanning the Carnage
So... no Subway Series this year, huh?
I had higher hopes for this New York baseball season. But I don't subscribe to the George Steinbrenner Series-or-Bust attitude; for me baseball is entertainment, and if I'm engaged and interested from April through October... well, I'm not going to say it's all I ask, but I'll accept it. The Mets had me hooked til their 162nd game of the year, and the Yankees til the third out of the ninth tonight. While I am certainly not arguing that both teams didn't have decidedly disappointing years in the end, there weren't too many dull moments.
This wasn't a heartbreaking game, or series, for the Yankees; a loss has to be closer than this to be heartbreaking. I feel like we all learn this same lesson every single year, and then the following fall, we're surprised all over again: "Huh -- maybe there's something to this good pitching beats good hitting thing!" But here's a miserable thought for Yankee fans: as River Ave. Blues points out,this might very well have been the last playoff game ever played in Yankee Stadium.
I just can't bring myself to support letting Torre go -- logic aside, I just plain like the guy, and I've gotten too used to him. But it looks like it's happening, and ESPN just showed a list of potential replacements for Torre, according to Buster Olney: Joe Girardi and Don Mattingly we already knew about; Trey Hilman, who used to manage in the Yankees' minor league system; Buck Showalter. But also: Tony La Russa?! Bobby Valentine?!?! While that would be a truly terrible idea, there's no denying that Bobby V in the Bronx would make for arguably the best reality television show of all time, so I'd be lying if I said part of me -- not a part I'm particularly proud of -- isn't rooting for this. Who can resist the man who invented the wrap? Or sneaked back into the Mets dugout, after being ejected, in a fake mustache and glasses? Or showed off his dance moves in this Japanese music video?
Man, poor Joe.