Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Spanning the Carnage

(Newsday/Paul J. Bereswill / October 8, 2007)

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.

(Newsday/Paul J. Bereswill / October 8, 2007)

13 comments:

Captain fate said...

I don't know if it's logical to dismiss Torre, Emma.

I neither fan or a detractor.

It's not his fault the best player in baseball was cold the past 2 1/2 postseasons.


It's not his fault Jeter is ten years older and playing with an obvious knee injury. I mean during the season jeter hit into 20 DPs in 160 games, then, all of the sudden, he hits into 4 in 4 games! What is that!?

It's not his fault Mo didn't close out 2001 (okay, maybe he had a hand in that by overusing him).

Joe is a couple of gnats from boarding a plane for Cleveland.

The short of it, is there someone out there who is better and how do you determine that?

And in the end, this is a bit of a rerun: after Mazeroski walk-off homer, Casey was dismissed, cuz he only only one title in a four year period.

Anonymous said...

"Joe is a couple of gnats from boarding a plane for Cleveland."

Oh, please. Enough whining about the freakin' gnats! Did you notice that the same insects were bothering Carmona the inning before? He seemed to pitch fine, didn't he? Chamberlain (can we start to take down his statue Yankee fans were already putting up in Cooperstown?)imploded, your #1 starter (Wang) stunk, The Texas Con Man wimped out as usual when things didn't go his way, and the Yankees are going home. Have a nice offseason!

Captain Fate said...

"The Texas Con Man" = code for jilted red sox lover.

There, there. Don't cry, just cuz Roger loves us, and not you.

Anonymous said...

"There, there. Don't cry, just cuz Roger loves us, and not you."

Yeah. Red Sox fans were REALLY missing his 6 regular season wins and 2.1 innings of great pitching in the postseason.

Anonymous said...

I imagine a cloud of shame and regret hangs over Taiwan today, too. sigh.

Buckeye Richie said...

First off, please try to cling to some other excuse than the midges(gnats).
Secondly, while I agree with the tone of this blog relating to crappy job the TBS boys have turned in, how can you guys live with the Susyn lady who is the color voice of the Yankees. She is awful. Thanks for the blog, it has been nice interacting!

Anonymous said...

Joe Torre is one of the great managers in Yankee history, with next year being the last in Yankee Stadium, it is only fitting that Torre manage that final year, he has earned it.

Also, the only way the Yanks are gonna resign some of these players they want back is by bringing Torre back.

Anonymous said...

Yankees.... biggest payroll in baseball and played only 4 more games than most of the other teams in both leagues.
Clemens...... biggest salary for half a year of work, and 2 inninings in playoffs.
Torre........ "Joe doesn't nose".
Yankee Fans Crying........ priceless.

Mr. Met

heimlich maneuver said...

Mr Met,

you have a BIG fat head!

The Mets have the 3rd highest payroll in all of baseball, and they couldn't even get to the postseason, not to mention pulling the biggest choke job in baseball history.

ahahhahahahahahhahahh

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/teams/salaries?team=nyy

Anonymous said...

So happy I finally got your temper up Stankee.... I have been waiting for a stupid non-intellegent offereing on my comments for several days - and I finally got one! - (and a nice dumb one at that) - just as I would predict from a Stankee. Not creative, not insightful, not cleaver, not very literal (do you even know what that means?) - but I should never expect more than the usual garbage from you - to quote you, "ahahahahahahhah" (now that's what ... ...maybe 2nd grade?) Did you enjoy the 4 extra games you played and all the BIG contracts you are stuck with for next year? And your owner, typical Stankee dumbness, will probably fire a great manager. Oh, the trials and tribulations of being a Stankee.....

Mr. (big head and proud of it) Met

Anonymous said...

anonymous said...
So happy I finally got your temper up Stankee.... I have been waiting for a stupid non-intelligent offering on my comments for several days - and I finally got one! - (And a nice dumb one at that) - just as I would predict from a Stankee. Not creative, not insightful, not cleaver, not very literal (do you even know what that means?) - but I should never expect more than the usual garbage from you - to quote you, "ahahahahahahhah" (now that's what ... ...maybe 2nd grade?) Did you enjoy the 4 extra games you played and all the BIG contracts you are stuck with for next year? And your owner, typical Stankee dumbness, will probably fire a great manager. Oh, the trials and tribulations of being a Stankee.....

Mr. (big head and proud of it) Met
October 9, 2007 8:35 PM

Abner Doubleday said...

So, so sensitive.

Such raw nerves under that tiny, tiny hat.

CVS just called, your cough syrup is ready. Ooops, too late.

Nobody has gagged this badly since Cass Elliot broke her diet.

Emma said...

So what are we arguing over here... which New York team gets the LEAST bragging rights? This is just depressing, guys.

I've always believed it's at times like these that all New Yorkers need to band together, stand united, and mock the inevitably miniscule ratings of the upcoming Colorado/Arizona series.