• October 2nd @ The Red Sox

    Posted by on October 2nd, 2005 · Comments (7)

    Truth be told, to this Yankees fan, regardless of the standings and date, there’s nothing worse than a Yankees loss, unless:

    - it’s a game where they lose ugly, then, it’s only worse if
    - it’s an ugly loss to the Boston Red Sox, then, it’s only worse if
    - it’s an ugly loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, then, it’s only worse if
    - it’s an ugly loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park when Curt Schilling pitches well, then, it’s only worse if
    - it’s an ugly loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park when Curt Schilling pitches well and then the Sox and their fans get to celebrate on the field like they just won the pennant.

    What is it with Schilling and the Yankees this year? The White Sox beat up Schilling. The Royals beat up Schilling. The Devil Rays beat up Schilling. And, the Blue Jays beat up Schilling. Even the A’s hit Schilling well this year. Yet, against New York, he’s still got that Cy Young form. Go figure.

    Anyway, I guess the important thing today is that no one on the Yankees broke a leg or something – though Jeter decided to try and scare some folks with that ugly slide into second. Uh, thanks Derek.

    After the game today, all I can think about – other than how disgusting the Yankees pitched today – was about the Indians. Man, if I knew they were going to fold in the last three games, I might have wished for a Yankees loss on Saturday – and let the Yankees take the wildcard, instead of Boston.

    I think I’d rather play the White Sox in a short series where their starting pitching depth doesn’t help them that much, and have the shorter travel, than have to fly to the West Coast and play the Angels in a short series (where their strong bullpen doesn’t have to pitch in a lot of games). It’s worse if the Yankees have to go five – because then you have to go all the way west, again.

    Oh, well, maybe this can be a payback thing for 2002? Or, maybe it will be a repeat of the 2002 nightmare? The former would be great and the latter would be like a poop scented lollipop. A really stinky sucker.

    Comments on October 2nd @ The Red Sox

    1. Joel
      October 2nd, 2005 | 9:53 pm

      Steve,

      A wonderful job on the blog this year. Congrats!

      That was a hell of a job there by Buck Showalter yanking his four best players in the third inning of a game that had playoff implications. Nothing like getting them that huge ovation as they came off the field in front of the 27 people who were in the stands in Arlington. My wife informed me that Buck had left a message on the answering machine asking if I wanted to come to the ballpark to take some swings against Scot Shields.

      Anyway, we have a tough matchup. The Angels and that stadium have been a nightmare for us for the entire Torre era. My only recommendation to our very valiant Yankees: Get ahead early! They are not a tremendous offensive team and can be neutralized early. BUT YOU HAVE TO STAY AWAY FROM THAT BULLPEN!!!! This is one team you do NOT want to be trailing to by two runs in the seventh.

      I know we came back against them this year. But their pen is more rested now. I am not really in the mood to watch say, Ruben, swinging from his heels against K-Rod’s slider in the top of the 8th with 2 out and the game on the line.

      Oh, and lets hope that 200+ game winner Mike Mussina finds the good half of the right part of the front quadrant of the middle half of the upside of whatever the heck he’s looking for, because we can not afford one of his “I just didn’t have anything” starts in game one of a best-of-five series.

    2. October 2nd, 2005 | 10:46 pm

      Thanks Joel. This match-up does provide lots to discuss. I think I’ll be posting a lot in the next few days!

    3. JohnnyC
      October 2nd, 2005 | 10:53 pm

      just saying that’s all…if we had pitched Moose today for 5 innings, we’d have the rotation set up on regular rest: Chacon, Wang, Johnson, Moose…just saying that’s all.

    4. JohnnyC
      October 2nd, 2005 | 11:28 pm

      I think the reason Schilling seems to pitch so well against us while being crapola against everyone else is that we approach him as if he’s THAT Curt Schilling, game planning at bats. The other teams just see him as another pitcher…they hit the first good pitch they see. And with his diminished velocity and faulty location, they take the wood, literally, to him. The Yankees are too cautious by far in dealing with him. Losing to Schilling means pretty much nothing to other teams (what’s one loss among, say, 80+ others?)while losing to Schilling is a blow to our egos.

    5. Raf
      October 3rd, 2005 | 8:59 am

      just saying that’s all…if we had pitched Moose today for 5 innings, we’d have the rotation set up on regular rest: Chacon, Wang, Johnson, Moose…just saying that’s all.
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      I guess because of postseason experience, Moose gets the nod?

      What’s the rotation; Moose, Chacon, Unit, Wang?

    6. October 3rd, 2005 | 9:33 am

      Kudos to Buck for sticking it to the Yankees for being unceremoniously fired after he choked the ’95 ALDS away. Nothing like playing the game of baseball with integrity and honor, Buck-o – enjoy languishing in last-place-land.

    7. Raf
      October 3rd, 2005 | 11:05 am

      Kudos to Buck for sticking it to the Yankees for being unceremoniously fired after he choked the ’95 ALDS away. Nothing like playing the game of baseball with integrity and honor, Buck-o – enjoy languishing in last-place-land.
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      You have a choice between starting Wright and Mussina, and you start Wright? You think that was fair to the Indians?

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