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"Larry, can you be any more of a Yankee apologist?.... Just look past your Yankee myopia and try some objectivity." - Bernal Diaz
"Mr. Mahnken is enlightened." - cordially, as always,
"Wow, Larry. You've produced 25% of the comments on this thread and
said nothing meaningful. That's impressive, even for you." - Anonymous
"After reading all your postings and daily weblog...I believe you have truly become the Phil Pepe of this generation. Now this is not necessarily a good thing." - Repoz
"you blog sucks, it reeds as it was written by the queer son of mike lupica and roids clemens. i could write a better column by letting a monkey fuk a typewriter. i dont need no 181 million dollar team to write a blog fukkk the spankeees" - yan
"i think his followers have a different sexual preference than most men" - bob
"Boring and predictable." - No Guru No Method
"Are you the biggest idiot ever?" - Randal
"I'm not qualified to write for online media, let alone mainstream
media." - Larry Mahnken
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May 21, 2003
by Larry Mahnken
Seriously, if the Yankees don't get help in their bullpen soon, they're going to keep losing games like this. This group starts fires easier than Charlene McGee. Basically, the Yankees have a team that needs its starter to go seven innings and leave with at least a three run lead, otherwise, they'll probably blow it before they can get Rivera in the game.
Almost anyone would be an improvement over the motley bunch they have in there. There's plenty of underappreciated relief pitchers out there waiting to be snatched up at a cheap price. Instead, the Yankees go out and overpay an okay middle reliever like Chris Hammond to be a LOOGY, something he's not, and stick with Juan Acevedo (10th worst reliever in MLB according to Wolverton) and send Reyes (4th best reliever on the team) to the minors. Urbina would be overpriced, but still an improvement, and the Yankees can afford it. What they can't afford to do is let this fantastically talented team fail in the postseason because they have crap in the one key role where you don't need to spend money to get quality.
I admit it, I'm the most pessimistic Yankees fan in the world. But I've found that when you're pessimistic, you're less likely to be dissapointed by failure, and more likely to get joy from success. And anyone who has ever seen me watch the Yankees knows that I really need to get less dissapointed by failure. I'm very emotional.
Rocket goes for 299 next against Tim Wakefield. Unless Rocket works efficiently, I can see this game getting ugly again. The Yankees better hope that Wakefield's knuckler ain't dancin', because they're going to need to score some runs.
Thanks to Jay Jaffe and Alex Belth for linking to my blog. It's nice to see that someone other than Rob Moses (who I have two of the Soriano wagers with) has noticed the Soriano watch, and that people whose writing and insight I've admired have read my blog. On the other hand, it puts pressure on me to start writing something decent. ;-) Maybe that's a good thing... --posted at 1:08 AM by Larry Mahnken / |