I’m happy any time that the Yankees beat Jose Contreras.
It’s not at the level when the Yankees beat Schilling, Beckett, or, once upon a time, Pedro. After all, those guys are/were in Boston and are loud mouths. That makes them easy to hate.
Beating Contreras is on the same pleasure level as beating Jeff Weaver, Randy Johnson, Kenny Rogers, or Javy Vazquez. You know the type – guys who wasted our time in New York.
It’s not all ex-Yankees pitchers fall into this “love to beat” thing. I don’t feel this way about Ted Lilly, Jaret Wright or Jon Lieber. And, it’s not all “good” pitchers in general. While I am sad to see the Yankees lose to guys like Johan Santana or Roy Halladay, I don’t feel extra pleasure when the Yankees beat them…just normal satisfaction.
But, as stated, I do enjoy seeing Jose Contreras lose to the Yankees. So, regardless of the Yankees overall record, or their place in the standings right now, this game was an extra special one (for this Yankees fan) to see New York win.