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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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June 21, 2004
by Larry Mahnken
Right from the start: yes, it was a ball. So was the pitch to Alex Rodriguez. They weren't just bad calls, they were obviously bad, indefensible calls, and the umpire should be ashamed of himself.
But if you want to believe that's why the Yankees lost last night, you're wrong. They lost because they only managed five hits off of Jose Lima, because Jose Contreras had a Jose Contreras inning in the second, and Hideki Matsui tried to do way too much in the seventh. Eric Gagne didn't need the help he got, but they also only got one hit off of him with four of the game's best hitters up, they didn't deserve to win.
Yeah, it's a crappy loss, but let it go. They've gotten plenty of breaks and bad calls in their favor in the past, including a few that helped them on the way to a World Title or Twenty-Six.
Boston lost anyway, so they didn't lose any of their lead--though it would have been nice to be 5½ up again, 4½ is plenty nice.
Some good things to come out of the weekend: the start by Halsey, the offensive breakout Sunday by Giambi and Matsui, a homer by Miguel Cairo to hopefully shovel a little dirt on top of Enrique Wilson. I'm somewhat ambiguous about trading The Porn Star, especially with The Run Fairy™ left as the only lefty, but White made a good point: the Yankees didn't really need him--Quantrill, Gordon and Rivera can all get out lefties, so he was only going to pitch when the game was out of hand, or in a crucial situation early on. Those would be far and few between, so of course he'd be ineffective. I guess Steve Karsay would be better for that role--he could probably use time off between outings.
Next up, the last place Orioles. Moose comes back after missing only one start, so the Yanks kinda dodged a bullet there. In fact, having won both the start by Sturtze and the one by Halsey, the bullet missed them completely. Man, Boston can't catch a break. --posted at 10:10 AM by Larry Mahnken / |