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December 22, 2005

there's got to be a morning after

After calming down considerably and giving some thought to the Damon thing, I've decided to not hand in my Yankee fan card just yet.

Really, anything that makes Red Sox fans seethe has got to be a good thing, right?

Plus, there's always the fact that he does add something to the team.

I'm just trying to think like Steinbrenner - in the here and now instead of the future. What can you do for me lately, so to speak.

So, welcome Jesus Johnny Christ, Superstar. At least you're not Roger Clemens.

Posted by Michele at December 22, 2005 09:24 AM

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i like how some people (below post) like the pick-up ONLY because it hurts the Red Sox! awesome fans! i thought yankees fans aren't preocuupied with the Red Sox at all. Who's Your Daddyyyyyyy!!!!!

Posted by: Ric at December 22, 2005 11:14 AM

You realize Clemens is gonna be setting off a feeding frenzy in a month or so, right?

And Darth Boss George is gonna be a shark in that tank when it happens.

Posted by: TC at December 22, 2005 11:33 AM

If that fucking whore comes back to New York I am DONE as a Yankee fan. I've been saying that since he left and I mean it.

Posted by: michele at December 22, 2005 11:36 AM

I'm not sure where this idea that Damon is on the downside of his career, but if you look at his stats (other than stolen bases which are overrated in the current game anyway) he is still on the upswing or at least in his prime. There is no indicator that he is going to fade any time soon and his contract fits in the current market. It was a great signing and who cares if it hurts the Red Sox, with this lineup we beat their best lineup (and anybody else's) from the past few years anyway.

And I don't understand where the idea came that our pitching staff is suspect. Brown is gone and Chacon and Small have been added. Okay, Small might have been a flash in the pan, but I think Chacon is for real. If we can get rid of Pavano for just about anything positive we'll be golden. With that said, I would love to see Clemens back in pinstripes. Damn me if you like, but the guy is a winner and he adds value, and I'm talking about more than just his starts, to whatever pitching staff he is a part of.

And we kept the young up and comers. This postseason is everything that the last couple were not and then some.

I can't wait for April.

Posted by: The Gnat's Trumpet at December 22, 2005 10:14 PM

I gotta agree the Tg'sT. The pitching staff is not some huge question mark right now, just for the fact that "Banged Around" Brown has been chased out of town. And sure, I goddamn loathe Clemens for the way he left, but if he returned I could deal with the scumbag's return. Hell, I wished death on RhoidBoy, and have only dialed that feeling back to disgust--tempered by grudging acceptance--since he seems to have figured out how to play without the juice. If it wasn't for his total dumbassed appearance wearing a certain tee shirt, I was ready to start using his given name again.

The Big Unit Asshole, and especially "Mr. Regular Season" A-Hole still haven't done anything to raise their standings in my ledger from contemptible bastards who've yet shown they have a right to anything better.

Posted by: TC at December 23, 2005 09:21 AM

The pitching staff is very SUSPECT, but that being said, I'd rather take our suspect staff compared to most any other staff.


Randy Johnson....Seems like he's at the point in his career, where he's either dialed in, or being slapped around like a two-bit whore. Don't know if you want to chalk it up to adjusting to NY or if he's finally starting to breakdown.

Mike Mussina....I'd like to think he's going to hold up, and he's proven to be the most consistant of the lot. He'll definately eat up some innings so long as he stays healthy.

Shawn Chacon....We'd have been up shit creek without a paddle, so I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt. Let's just remember this; since he was traded at the deadline, we'll have to see how he adjusts to hitters, and hitters adjust to him after seeing him more than just one time around the league.

Chien Ming Wang....Huge, unexpected output from him. Although with Wang missing substantial amount of time due to injury, the same applies as with Chacon as far as teams seeing him more than once.

Carl Pavano....Gut check time for him. He's gonna have to prove himself and the fans that he's got the stomach to pitch in NY. If not, he's likely tradebait at the deadline.


Mariano Rivera....Enough Said!!!

Kyle Farnsworth....Should be solid, and we get younger in the set up role. Definate plus here.

Mike Myers....So long as he can get Ortiz and the other tough lefties out on a consistant basis then that's good enough for me.

Ron Villone....Should be jacked to be coming home, and having a second tough left who's durable will be a huge lift.

Tanyon Sturtze....He needs a bounce back year. I'm not so much disappointed in Tanyon, but hoping he comes back to be trusted by Torre again.

Aaron Small....Long reliever, spot starter. Perfect spot for him.

Jaret Wright....Insert same comments as Pavano.

Final analysis....I'm not all down on the Yankees staff. But to say there aren't any question marks or that they aren't suspect is just looking through rose colored glasses. Like I mentioned before, I'd take this new and improved staff over just about anyone else's staff out there. As the saying goes, they look good on paper, but that's why they play the games on the field. So let's just hope things bounce the right way for us and we can avoid the injury bug, unlike last year, and we should be fine. But until this staff as a whole proves itself on the field, a little healthy skepticism isn't half bad.

Posted by: ATXYanksFan at December 23, 2005 05:24 PM