Me: What’s going on?
Mannino: 4-0 Bad guys.
Me: I knew we were going to lose this game.
Mannino: You need to shut up
That was Mannino instant messaging me earlier this afternoon. Big Joe called later. “Well, you kept saying all day yesterday that they were going to lose today….” Apparently I was being a bit obnoxious about the Yankees not having a shot today. I didn’t care who was scratched and who was being sent out there to pitch. In fact, I first told Acc on Friday night, as he was breaking the game down for me as I was driving home from my cousin Mike’s wedding in Jersey (Mike apologized to me before we left for making me go to Jersey, as he knows I turn into a complete idiot when I’m Jersey) that they were going to lose on Monday. The way I saw it, that Friday night game was going to be the difference between 3-1 and 2-2. I knew they would win two games, and they would probably need to steal the third. And that was their shot. Because if there is one thing I’ve learned (the hard way – in person), it’s that the 2007 Yankees don’t win day games at the Stadium during the week. So 2-2 it was.
So why does this have me concerned? Because MLB, in its maddening out-reach program, is desperate to create hype. And the Chicago Cubs are just their ticket. They desperately want that Chicago market to rally around that TV and finally kick the outside-the-NY-metro-area playoff ratings into gear. They had some success with it in ’03, when the Cubs made a run, so you can bet they’ll give them the prime time games again. And then I have to listen to McCarver tell me how awesome it is that the Cubs get to play in prime time…And that means the two teams from New York, the Yankees and the Mets, will be stuck playing day games. What a joke. The ratings will still blow the doors off of the Cubs, but MLB is willing to take that hit to try and create some sort of Midwest drama. So we have to suffer through day games during the week. Which the Yankees s*ck at. And not just day games. Day games that could potentially be against the Angels. Talk about an f’ing conspiracy… Why don’t you just bring Edgar Martinez out of retirement while you’re at it?
Mannino, in her text messaging today, insisted that the Yankees will take down the Sox for the division. Two against Oakland and four against Minnesota. Interesting. Conventional wisdom says you split the series with an even number of games. Even so, the Yanks would have to go 5-1. If the Yanks had won today, I would have said that they were squarely in the driver’s seat. Now, uphill battle. Odds are they finish exactly one game back, and the Red Sox can look back and pat themselves on the back for every single miracle finish they pulled off this year. No worries. I really just want to win the World Series. Although if you told me back in April when they blew that game in Boston that they were going to lose the division by one game, I probably would have needed to be talked down off the ledge. Now, that’s a bit unfair, because we highway robbed a game right back last week, but still. One game? That would be a bit of a kick in the nuts.
The good news is we’ve got six games to see what happens. The Yankees are not going to lose six in a row, and the Tigers are not going to win six in a row. So the worst-case scenario for the Yankees is that they make it into the postseason and see what happens. In their day games…..
Nick, I have to thank you, dude. And Joseph. As of 10:30pm I had zero comments on the BPS. That has officially never happened before. I was major-league bummed. I actually held off on tonight’s post in hopes that a comment would arrive before I started. So, at 10:32pm, Nick skysurfed in and saved the day, followed by the Statistician Magician. Close….