Monday, October 10, 2005

California or bust!

And they go to L.A.! I flipped on ESPN Radio this morning, and in the interest of full disclosure, I have no idea what show I was listening to. All I heard was the show’s host going on about how the Yankees can’t stand each other, they’re mercenaries, they don’t care if they win or lose, they just want the season to be over and to collect their checks. Then I turned it off…

Frankly, I have no idea if the Yankees like each other or not. I’m sure there are plenty of conflicts – how could there not be? Forty guys living out of each other’s luggage for 8 months every year? Please. Honestly, I don’t care if they are the best of friends, as long as they get the job done. Ok, no that’s not completely true. I love watching Jeter, Posada, Tino, and Bernie goofing on each other, that is pretty funny. But simply because that level of camaraderie may not be readily apparent team-wide doesn’t mean they can’t get it done – you don’t have to be friends with someone to work effectively as a team. God, for proof of that, all you have to do is look at the Bronx Zoo era Yankees – those guys HATED each other, and they had Billy Martin busily fanning the flames, but they got it done.

And as for them just wanting the season to be over, that’s bullshit. If that was what they wanted, they could have very easily lost last night, and they didn’t. Why grind out a win and have to fly all the way to L.A. for one game if all you want to do is end your season?

Another point this host made was that the White Sox are a better team, and that they want it more. There may be an argument there – the White Sox are playing amazing ball and are totally fixed on the World Series – they seem prepared to mow right through any team that’s in their way. If the Yanks pull through tonight and somehow make it to the ALCS, the White Sox will be more than ready for them.

And about last night’s game? Two words – Jorge Posada. He and Shawn Chacon were the game last night. I definitely don’t think Jorgie got the memo that he’s a mercenary and that he just wants his season to be over. My favorite play was that rocket he threw over the mound to Jeter to nail Vlad Guerrero. Happiness is…

It wasn’t the “gorgeous, elegant win” I was looking for, but hell, a grinder will do, thank you very much. Let’s hope Mussina is rested and ready to throw the nastiest, ugliest stuff anyone can imagine.