I AM ROOTING FOR THE YANKEES! And Giants Fans Should Root For The Dodgers!

You read that right!
You pal Sully… a classic Yankee hater… is pulling a Johnny Damon and putting on pinstripes!

For the next three days I am rooting for the Yankees.

I see the pinstripes and I think PRIDE!
TRADITION!

And I feel a little teary eyed when I think of all 26 of those titles… like a little part of me helped win each one of them.

Heck, I might even pop in Pride of the Yankees to get myself pumped up!


And Giants fans tending to their wounds after tonight’s brutal loss to the Rockies…

It’s time to bleed Dodger blue.

It’s time to think of the heroism of Jackie Robinson.

It’s time to think of the artistry of Sandy Koufax.

It’s time to think of the magic of Fernando, Orel and Gibson!

It’s Dodgertown! It’s Mannywood!

High five Lasorda and know that Monday isn’t just a day of the week… it’s the guy who homered in 1981!

Why would I suggest two preposterous notions as Sox fans cheering on Jeter and Giants fans saluting Manny?

Big picture, folks!

The Red Sox aren’t catching the Yankees. It’s not happening. The Yankees are a full week ahead of the Red Sox and there are only 6 weeks left.

Even if Boston makes up a game a week, they’ll fall short of the division.

And the Yankees are on a rampage these days… so might as well have them rampage over the Rangers and carve a few games off of the magic number.

Same thing with the Giants who are also 7 back of the Dodgers. Yeah it is sexy to think of passing the Dodgers for the Division, but it is even sexier to get INTO the playoffs with a rested and ready Lincecum and Cain! And after dropping the last 3 gut wrenching games to the Rockies, they are 4 out.

They need the Dodgers to help do what the Giants bullpen couldn’t manage… stop the Rockies. Or at least throw some strikes.

The only thing that matters are wins… and if we need to switch sides momentarily when it helps our team, then think of it like Clint Eastwood in Fistful of Dollars.

It was necessary at the time for Clint to switch sides and in the end, he was the only one to survive.

So GO YANKEES! And my dad better be saying GO DODGERS!

Sure the Wild Card may bring about some strange bedfellow… but I want a fistful of World Series rings!

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Wins are wins… even ones this ugly


When the Red Sox fell behind 4-1 early to the White Sox, I started muttering in my car.

This might be it, I thought.

This might be the 2006-esque collapse that puts the Red Sox out of their misery and gives me a productive October.

It took a brutal 3-0 swing by Papi and an equally brutal butchering by Jose Contreras to wake the Sox bats up… and they needed every run because evidently Clay Buchholz’s role as an ace is still in the future!

Either way, it’s nice to get an ugly win and because I waved the white flag early, I need to call this a dodged bullet!

With pleasure I update the board!

DODGED A BULLET GAMES – 18

April 17 – 10-8 win against Orioles. (Overcame 7-0 deficit.)
April 24 – 5-4 win against Yankees. (Bay homers off of Rivera in 9th to tie it.)
April 25 – 16-11 win against Yankees. (Overcame 6-0 deficit.)
April 29 – 6-5 win at Cleveland. (Overcame 5-0 deficit.)
May 12 – 4-3 win at Anaheim. (Down 3-1 in the 8th.)
June 11 – 4-3 win against Yankees. (Down 3-1 in the 8th. Rallied against Sabathia.)
June 12 – 5-2 win at Philadelphia. (Overcame Ryan Howard’s 9th inning shot to win in 13)
June 21 – 6-5 win against Atlanta. (The wind turns Nick Green’s fly ball into a walk off shot)
June 27 – 1-0 win at Atlanta. (Masterson and Papelbon wiggle out of late jams.)
July 1 – 6-5 win at Baltimore. (Sox score 4 in the 9th and Lugo wins in in the 11th)
July 8 – 5-4 win against Oakland. (Wind keeps Hairston’s 9th inning go ahead homer in the ballpark)
July 10 – 1-0 win against Kansas City. (Pedroia drives in the only run with 2 outs in the 8th.)
July 30 – 8-5 win against Oakland. (Ortiz tests postive then hits a 2 out 3 run go ahead homer.)
July 31 – 6-5 win at Baltimore. (Youk’s 2 run homer saves Smoltz from another bad start.)
August 10 – 6-5 win against Detroit. (Sox snap 6 game losing streak with 7th inning rally.)
August 14 – 8-4 win at Texas. (Victor Martinez hits a 2 run 2 strike 2 out double to take the lead and make up for Buchholz’s baserunning mishap.)
August 18 – 10-9 win at Toronto. (Ortiz homers and the Jays defense collapses, saving Beckett from a bad start.)
August 24 – 12-8 win against White Sox. (Red Sox overcome early 4-1 lead and a bad Buchholz start.)
TEETH GRINDER GAMES – 22
April 14 – 6-5 loss at Oakland. (Sox blow early 3-0 lead. Lose in 12)
April 28 – 9-8 loss at Cleveland. (Sox blow early 5-1 lead. Lopez drops 3rd out.)
May 14 – 5-4 loss at Anaheim. (Ortiz goes 0-7 stranding 12 runners.)
May 15 – 5-4 loss at Seattle. (Red Sox blow their second 4-0 lead in three days.)
May 17 – 3-2 loss at Seattle. (Red Sox strand two in the 9th. Lose in the bottom of the 9th.)
May 23 – 3-2 loss to the Mets. (Papelbon lets up a 2 out 2 run homer in the 9th to Omir Santos)
June 18 – 2-1 loss to the Marlins. (Rain washes out a tight game after 5+ innings.)
June 28 – 2-1 loss to the Braves. (Tying run on base in the 9th. Solid Penny outing wasted)
June 30 – 11-10 loss at Baltimore. (The Red Sox blow a late 10-1 to the lowly Orioles.)
July 3 – 7-6 loss to Seattle. (Red Sox comeback in the 8th only to lose in the 11th.)
July 4 – 3-2 loss to Seattle. (Saito walks three in the 9th as the Mariners rally to win)
July 9 – 8-6 loss to the Royals. (Bullpen blows early 4-0 lead.)
July 21 – 4-2 loss at Texas. (Beckett loses a complete game and the Yankees take over first.)
July 22 – 3-1 loss at Texas. (Sox are swept for the first time all season.)
July 28 – 9-8 loss to Oakland. (Sox blow 3 run lead in 9th. A’s rally with 2 outs in 9th and 11th.)
July 29 – 8-6 loss to Oakland. (Down 5-0 in the first, Sox comeback falls short)
August 4 – 4-2 loss in Tampa Bay. (Longoria hits 13th inning walk off with first base open.)
August 5 – 6-4 loss in Tampa Bay. (Sox gets swept in a 2 game series with the tying run at the plate).
August 7 – 2-0 loss in New York. (A-Rod’s walk off with 2 outs in the 15 ends a teeth grinding marathon.)
August 9 – 5-2 loss in New York. (4 outs from avoiding a sweep, Bard lets up back to back homers to Damon and Teixeira.)
August 13 – 2-0 loss to Detroit. (Verlander wiggles out of early and late jams.)
August 16 – 4-3 loss at Texas. (Red Sox can’t rally and fall behind the Rangers in the Wild Card race)
-4… Bit by bit… moving closer to even par.
The only thing that matters is the post season! And right now the magic number is 38.
(In 2007 I honored WSBK when the magic number got to 38.)
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NOBODY WANTS THE A.L. CY YOUNG AWARD!!!!!

Halladay got thumped tonight and his ERA is now over 3.00.

Verlander won but it was a subpar outing.

Beckett let up 98 home runs last night.

Was I right in thinking nobody wants to win the Cy Young award?

Will Sabathia sneak in and win it?

It’s odd… someone of Sabathia’s size generally won’t sneak up on anyone.
Maybe he’s like Ghost Dog!

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