Yesterday, I wrote:
If Jaret Wright can pitch into the 7th tomorrow, I like the Yankees chances to make that (magic) number go down some more.
What I should have added on to that was: “Of course, if Wright is only able to register three outs and allows 7 runners to cross home plate, then I don’t like the Yankees chances.” Ah, hindsight, it’s so much easier.
They say that the sun does not shine on the same dog’s ass everyday. Clearly, it was not shining on Wright’s fanny today – for sure. Still, the Yankees had several chances to get back into this game today – and failed. In truth, there were quite a few Yankees’ behinds not feeling the sun’s rays today. What can you do? I guess the Yankees are not a squad of David Dunns? It’s just a shame to waste that wonderful relief effort by Roy Hobbs today in what was ultimately a losing cause.
And, despite a semi-good fight by the O’s, the Red Sox won today. So, what does this all mean?
It means that today, and the 173 days that preceded it, are completely irrelevant. Yes, you got it. All the marks on the blackboard have now been erased. Why? Because, as of this moment in time, it’s all been rendered meaningless.
The only true reality now is that the 2005 season for the Yankees is an 8-game set – no more, no less. And, there’s only one other team in the league: The Boston Red Sox. One of these two teams will win more games than the other in their next 8 contests and that team will be the one to get the glory. Now, it could end up as a tie – but, that should not be the aim of either team. The goal for both sides is the same: Win as many of these 8 games as possible. It’s pretty simple.
Tomorrow is the only home game for the Yankees in this new eight game season. It would be nice if they took advantage of it, had some fun, and got a win.