Monday, April 27, 2009

What grinds my gears: Self Yankee hatred edition

1)Brian Cashman should be fired as he is an inept and incompetent general manager- The sox get Beckett and Schilling and we get Pavano and Randy Johnson. They develop John Lester and Dustin Masterson, we develop the biggest first round bust in recent memory in Phillip Hughes and lost cause Ian Kennedy. We spend 8 gazillion dollars this off season and the Sox spend a meager 14 million. More than anything though, if you have the highest payroll by leaps and bounds in a sport, you should be the best team every year, at least during the regular season. Brian Cashman has not done anything better than Isaiah Thomas, he just has a limitless payroll to fall back on. It’s time to move on to a new head of baseball operations.

2) I love you to death Mo but can you start
struggling against a team other than Boston
- As my recent face book entry of
“my 5 favorite athletes” demonstrates, I love you Mo. But must you only struggle against Boston. Can’t you shift that over to say the Royals or White Sox. That home run you gave up Friday night was by far the worst regular season Yankee moment I have ever experienced. That implosion you had in 2007 was pretty awful too but this was with 1 out away from a game 1 win. I know you pride yourself on your pinpoint control but would it kill you to walk Bay or hope he swings at a pitch out of the zone rather than throw a get me over fastball.

3) Burnett had me believing but now I stopped- Many apologies to Journey but I have indeed stopped believing in you AJ Burnett. With a 6-0 lead through 3.5 innings on Saturday all seemed right with the world. We had our ace, our stopper, pitching in a place where he hadn’t allowed an earned run since Mark Walberg was Marky Mark (I would hate your guts if not for Entourage). Then, with the bases loaded and 2 outs, Posada makes one of the worst pitching calls I have ever seen. Varitek is a dead red hitter. I have never once seem him hit an off speed pitch hard. If you throw him sliders and curve balls, he has no chance to succeed especially with the movement on those pitches that AJ boasts. Yet Jorge calls a get me over fastball and Varitek hit a ball that has not landed yet and the 6-1 lead is all but gone as was any chances of his pathetic team winning the game. Oh btw, there is no law prohibiting AJ from settling down after this bad inning and going 7 innings and keeping his team in good position to win. However, AJ proceeds to give up 3 more runs and embarrass himself and Yankee fans everywhere. The rest of the game was inevitably going to go the Sox way as they have a far superior middle relief corps and clutch hitting club.

4) Can somebody get a clutch hit on this team?- It seems that both NY teams have the same problem, they have nobody that can get a clutch hit. My club seems to be allergic to getting runners in from 3rd whether it is with 2 outs or even 0 outs as we saw during that debacle on Friday night. I don’t buy the sabormetrician argument that hitting with runners in scoring position is just a flukey thing or a product of randomness. There is a reason this team has not hit at all in the clutch since the beginning of last year. That reason is………..

5) Giradi shouldn’t be fired because this team is not his fault but still………. Don’t get me wrong, this team’s ineptitude does not fall even 1/3 on Girardi. At least 65% of this team’s shortcomings are a direct result of Cashman’s horrible decision making. Still, Girardi seems to have his players tight and anxious. People complain about the Yankees since 2004 but the teams of 05-07 were very clutch in the regular season. They frequently made gallant comebacks and got huge walk off home runs. Since Torre has left, the team seems to be less relaxed and significantly more streaky. I think Giradi manages a bullpen much better than Torre but otherwise he kind of sucks so far. I’ll give him till mid June to have his team 10-15 over 500. If not, in the words of Michael Kay SEE YA!

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