• September 19th @ The Blue Jays

    Posted by on September 19th, 2006 · Comments (9)

    If tonight was a World Series game, and Damon makes that catch under the same in-game conditions, and the Yankees go on to win the game, they would be talking about that grab for the next half-century (and probably longer).

    So, here’s the deal: The magic number is one. Tomorrow, it’s Henn verus Halladay. What are the odds of the Yankees winning that game? Sure, Boston can lose tomorrow and the Yanks would then clinch. But, isn’t it more fun to clinch on a day where you win? Does this mean Yankees fans should root for the Sox to win tomorrow and on Thursday – and then Wang has a chance to bring home the clincher in Tampa on Friday?

    Or, should Yankees fans root for the Sox to win tomorrow, and lose on Thursday, so the team can then have a party in private (somewhere in Tampa) away from the media? From a fan perspective, that would be a letdown, no?

    Of course, if Henn beats Halladay tomorrow, then it’s all great. But, again, the chances of that happening are about the same as Sports Illustrated doing a potentially team-distracting cover story on Albert Pujols, just two weeks before the Cardinals enter the post-season, detailing how none of the Cardinals players will offer him words of support when he’s slumping, right?

    Comments on September 19th @ The Blue Jays

    1. Yu Hsing Chen
      September 19th, 2006 | 11:52 pm

      Not like Pujol’s team is going anywhere in the playoffs ;) seriously, whatever team they face they’ll lose to .. even if they end up facing the Phillies or something. they don’t stand a chance.

    2. JeremyM
      September 20th, 2006 | 12:02 am

      Unless Gordon closes.

    3. Yu Hsing Chen
      September 20th, 2006 | 12:52 am

      Not like the Cards’ have a real closer anyway…

    4. baileywalk
      September 20th, 2006 | 1:21 am

      This is really asking a lot of Henn. I can’t even remember the last time he started a game. After he came off the DL in Columbus, they used him strictly as a reliever. So I don’t know how many innings they expect to get out of him. His arm strength is not really there. He probably has not pitched more than two innings in four months. (So look for Beam, Veras and Myers — who suddenly pitches every day — to get action in the game, too.)

      There’s going to be a complete “B” lineup tomorrow. No Jeter, no Giambi, no Posada. Halladay will probably pitch a CG two-hitter with this crew.

      This could actually be a pretty fun game if you have a few buddies around. You know — drink a shot every time Wilson strikes out; drink a shot every time someone takes an extra base on Bernie’s arm; take two shots every time Henn walks someone (hey, I love Henn! — seriously!); take THREE shots every time Henn gives up a home run (no, for real, he’s my boy!); drink a shot whenever Kevin Thompson does something to prove he should be playing more often even though Torre is blind to it; take at least five shots for every righty Myers pitches to.

      And so forth. If they clinch, you’ll be nice and wasted.

    5. September 20th, 2006 | 7:51 am

      Sounds to me, that with your rules, if they clinch, I’ll be nice and sober.

    6. rbj
      September 20th, 2006 | 9:30 am

      Eh, it’s only the division title. No need to get too excited about it, unlike if you were, say, the Mets. Spring training team out there, and make sure the regulars get rested and healthy for October.

    7. adam
      September 20th, 2006 | 9:43 am

      of course we should root against the red sox, if the twins can somehow pass the tigers, we will get to play johan and company in a 7 game series instead of a 5 game series.

    8. Joel
      September 20th, 2006 | 1:09 pm

      I say the Yanks somehow win tonight. And Joe lets Proctor get the final out as a way of honoring his very fine season.

    9. September 20th, 2006 | 1:55 pm

      If true, Proctor’s throwing 8 2/3 innings tonight.

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