Today's message to Yankee fans: Don't panic

dont-panic (1) Okay, everyone. Find a comfortable spot, sit down, take a deep cleansing breath and relax.

Now, close your eyes and picture something pleasant in your mind. Maybe you're picturing some kittens or puppies.


Or maybe a really good meal. I like steak, so that's what I'm picturing.


You should be fully relaxed now so listen to me very carefully.

Last night was just a bad game. It happens from time to time. This doesn't mean the Yankees are going to crash and burn now. They just swept the Toronto Blue Jays in a four-game series and that's a very positive thing.

I understand that Houston is in the American League now and you don't want to lose to teams like that but it's not the end of the world. Yes, Andy Pettitte had an off-night and yes, the offense was shut down by Houston pitching but stranger things have happened.

In your relaxed state, I want you to also take the following advice.

Do not, I repeat, do not read any of the New York newspapers today. They, meaning certain columnists, tend to overreact to games like last night's and they add fuel to the panic fire, so to speak so just avoid that nonsense. It's a nice day in the New York area, go out for lunch and avoid every newsstand you see.

Also, do not listen to sports radio. Of course, knowing the guys in New York, they're still talking about that not-so-great quarterback being released from the NY area football team that wears green uniforms so you may be safe for now.

Just avoid baseball stuff until just before game time tonight. The good news is, Hiroki Kuroda is starting tonight and he will more than likely rescue you from your melancholy mood. (I hope.)