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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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September 14, 2004
by Larry Mahnken
It's simply frustrating to watch a game like that, one that you not only going in that they should have won, but by actually watching it, they should have won. They got Brian Anderson in trouble again and again early, but couldn't make him suffer for it by getting the big hit. Halsey struggled again, and when Joe Torre tried to get Tanyon Sturtze to vulture one more win, it just wasn't there for him. Before you knew it, the game was out of reach, and the Yankees just stopped trying.
For what it's worth, this doesn't have any meaning other than a loss, because the players who lost this game (the pitchers), aren't going to play an important role in the postseason, and are not likely to even make the roster. It would take a major disaster of historic proportions for the Yanks to miss the postseason, so it's just a game. It's just a loss. Yippee.
But the Yankees now need to win the next two games, they can't head back to New York Friday to face the Red Sox having lost a series to the Royals, they have to come in strong.
On the bright side, Derek Jeter's batting average is back up to .285, his OPS is up to .804, both of which are respectable numbers for a shortstop. Stick his improved defense into the mix, and he's having a year that's not that much worse than his previous seasons.
And since May 25th, when his line was .189/.249/.279/.528? He's batting .332/.392/.545/.937. Hey, if he keeps doing that in October, then we might have a shortstop worth keeping around for a while.