I haven't done one of these posts in a while because to be completely honest, I have been struggling to come up with things to write about. With the way this season has gone you'd think there would be plenty to talk about.
- I could rant after horrible losses.
- I could write happy recaps after exhilarating wins.
- I could complain about how bad CC Sabathia has looked this season.
- I could write about how the people who thought A-Rod's presence would hurt the team were wrong and rub that in a little bit.
But I haven't.
So I'm going to write whatever comes to mind, in the order those thoughts pop into my head, no matter how ridiculous. And after I'm done writing this post, I encourage you to do the same in the comments. This could be a fun, cathartic exercise for all of us.
To start, I will say that this season has been very strange.
Some people have said that 2013 reminds them of 2008, the only season in the past 20 years that the Yankees hadn't made the playoffs. I was going through a very tough year personally in 2008 and I don't actually remember much from that particular season. The only event I do recall in great detail is the last game at the old Stadium. Other than that, it's all pretty foggy for me.
This year, and especially in the past month, it feels like the wins have been huge and the losses have been devastating.
I wasn't expecting much from the Yankees in Fenway this past weekend but I was hoping for at least one win. I guess that was too much to ask for from a team that's breaking down at the end of the season.
With that said, I'm so glad we don't have to see the Red Sox again this season. I'm sick of them and their beards.
Considering how buried everyone had them in July, the fact that the Yankees are still in contention for that second wild card spot is pretty amazing. They're giving us meaningful baseball games in September when they truthfully had no business doing it. Would I have liked for the Yankees to have made a spectacular run this month? Yes. Would I have also enjoyed seeing all of those writers and prognosticators have to eat their words? Oh hell yes. Because nothing makes me happier than the Yankees proving people wrong.
But alas, the only way they're going to make people eat their words is if a miracle occurs. Personally, I don't believe in miracles but if you do, let's hope for one.
Another thing I wanted to talk about and that I had touched upon in Sunday night's game recap was the ceremony that the Red Sox had for Mo. Oh, I'm sorry, I mean the ceremony they had for the 2004 World Championship team and for Mo.
Some people say we're being too sensitive about the video with Kevin Millar, Dave Roberts and Bill Mueller going through the play by play of one of Mo's not-so-finest moments in that infamous ALCS.
I thought the ceremony was nice until I found out about the video which left a bad taste in my mouth. If the Arizona Diamondbacks were having a ceremony for Mo, do you think they'd show Game 7 of the 2001-- you know what? With Jerry Colangelo at the helm, I wouldn't put it past them.
Why didn't the Red Sox have the whole 2004 squad show up to "honor" Mo and really rub it? You could have had Curt Schilling, roll out onto the field with his bloody sock on, or Jason Varitek could have strolled onto the field dressed in a suit with a giant embroidered C on his chest, with his catcher's mask on because as we all know he never took that thing off especially when he was fighting dirty.
Part of me wishes that instead of leaving a nice message in the bullpen at Fenway that Mo would have left a hidden "eff you" in that message but as we all know, Mo is too pious of a man to do anything like that.
So these next couple of weeks are going to be interesting. There will be a lot of scoreboard watching and a lot of hoping that the Yankees could somehow pull this off and make the playoffs.
This Sunday, the Yankees are holding their own ceremony for Mariano Rivera. I will be one of the lucky people in attendance. I sometimes complain about my ticket plan and talk about how the Sunday people have gotten screwed out of Opening Day since the new place opened and other things we've had taken away but I was thrilled when they announced the 22nd as the date for Mo's ceremony.
I will be there in Section 413, wearing my Rivera t-shirt and holding my handbag which will be filled with plenty of tissues because I will be crying my eyes out. I can already envision the sobbing that will be happening on Sunday.
I feel bad for my brother and game-going partner.
You know, considering I've had so many issues writing for the past week, the fact that I've exceeded as of this part of the post 870 words, I'm thrilled. I'd like to also be thrilled in a few weeks by the Yankees making the playoffs. But on the flip side, I'd also like to be relieved that they didn't have to participate in a play-in game because I'm not sure I could take that. Could you?
I think I'd be hiding behind furniture or maybe I'd avoid the game altogether. Play-in games are better when other teams are in them.
But while there's that part of me that is hoping for a quiet October there's the other part of me that's hoping against hope that they will shock the world and piss everyone off by making the playoffs.
See? I can't make up my mind. How do you guys feel about it? Would you rather have a relaxing October, rooting against teams you can't stand or having a Pinstripe October?
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