Tuesday, September 07, 2004

F You! (Like a Hurricane)

Some people don't hate the Yankees, which I find rather inexcusable unless a) they grew up somewhere near New York, b) they're Derek Jeter's cousin, c) they don't like baseball, or d) they're morons.

For instance, would any other professional sports franchise seek to get an automatic win because their scheduled opponent was trapped at home due to a hurricane? Hello? Any takers? It's a natural disaster. People got injured! Mobile homes got destroyed! My Grandparents' tree fell on their neighbor's house! And the Yankees brass goes on TV claiming that the Devil Rays decided UN PURPOSE to not make an earlier flight and leave their families back in Tampa to be all hurricaned and shit. Oh well, this is precisely why nice guys finish last. But hopefully the assholes will finish in second this year.

In a slightly related note, I feel absolutely terrible that every time the Red Sox beat the A's (or Patriots beat the Raiders for that matter), it's because of some sketchy call/non-call. Last night Manny Ramirez traps a Mark Kotsay fly ball and it's called an out. The A's flip out. Next inning Kotsay traps a fly ball (on an IDENTICAL play) and it's called a hit. Why can't we just beat them without all the drama? It's unsettling.

In an unrelated note, I just found out that the uber-annoying WNBA/John Jerry catchphrase jam of the summer, "Let's Get it Started" by the Black Eyed Peas appears on their album as "Let's Get Retarded." If I were a retarded fan of the WNBA and discovered this, I think I'd be really hurt. But now I just think it's really funny.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Indians 22. Yankees 0.

Last night's Yankees game was like watching "Vanilla Sky." Did that really happen? Did Javier Vazquez not make it out of the second? Did Omar Vizquel get 6 hits? Is C.J Nitkowski really on the Yankees? Did Peter Gammons tell a national TV audience that he'd have trouble sleeping because he was so excited to read the Post and Daily News? (Yes on all accounts). Wow, just a great game to watch. Add that to a 10-7 Sox victory and it's a race people. Yup, the same division that all the second-class sportscaster wannabees on ESPNEWS were all condesending about not too long ago has officially become a race. Yay.

Around the Majors...

Rick Ankiel is back! So if you're going to a Cardinals game and plan on sitting behind home plate, be sure to bring a really big glove.

Ichiro is 49 hits away from the single-season record. That's 1.5 hits per game the rest of the way. And unlike Griffey taking 6-8 weeks to hit his 500th homer due to "media pressure," Ichiro doesn't speak English, making that problem moot.