Actually, it’s not really Fourth Down.
But, it’s close. There are 36 games left to the Yankees 2005 regular season. So, Fourth Down would have actually been around 4 games ago. But, since the difference between two-ninths left (which is 36 games) and one-quarter (which is 40.5 games) is so small, just seven two-hundred-fiftieths, I’m rolling with it as still being Fourth Down. (Gee, my grammar school teachers were right, this fraction stuff would payoff someday!)
And, with the Boston loss this evening to KC (Thanks Curt!) the Yankees are now just three games behind in the loss column to first place Boston (in the AL East).
It’s 4th and 3. Punting is not an opinion.
Even though it’s relatively short yardage, it’s time to go shotgun and put the ball in the air. Someone on the Yankees needs to be Fred Biletnikoff, the go-to guy, over these next five and a half weeks.
It will have to be just like Vladimir Guerrero did for the Angels last September.
When you look at this Yankees team, there are only three men, in my mind, who are capable of doing this: Sheffield, A-Rod, and Matsui.
The glory is there for the taking – if one of them wants to grab it.
Of course, if all three of them want to run for it at the same time, that’s fine by me as well.