August 25, 2005
4th and 3
Actually, it's not really Fourth Down.
But, it's close. There are 36 games left to the Yankees 2005 regular season. So, Fourth Down would have actually been around 4 games ago. But, since the difference between two-ninths left (which is 36 games) and one-quarter (which is 40.5 games) is so small, just seven two-hundred-fiftieths, I'm rolling with it as still being Fourth Down. (Gee, my grammar school teachers were right, this fraction stuff would payoff someday!)
And, with the Boston loss this evening to KC (Thanks Curt!) the Yankees are now just three games behind in the loss column to first place Boston (in the AL East).
It's 4th and 3. Punting is not an opinion.
Even though it's relatively short yardage, it's time to go shotgun and put the ball in the air. Someone on the Yankees needs to be Fred Biletnikoff, the go-to guy, over these next five and a half weeks.
It will have to be just like Vladimir Guerrero did for the Angels last September.
When you look at this Yankees team, there are only three men, in my mind, who are capable of doing this: Sheffield, A-Rod, and Matsui.
The glory is there for the taking - if one of them wants to grab it.
Of course, if all three of them want to run for it at the same time, that's fine by me as well.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at August 25, 2005 11:28 PM
i'm gonna go ahead and give my prediction:
it's gonna be sheffield.
matsui has already put in his month of insane hitting this year (they really should try to hurt his ankle again...)
a-rod has been about steadily excellent throughout the year.
but sheffield seems to be simply crazy...i can see him deciding he's had enough and that he's singlehandedly going to win the remaining games
Posted by: Rafael at August 26, 2005 02:53 AM
As long as they're within striking distance when they play the BoSox... 1 game out, the last series of the season vs. the Sox, is what I want
Posted by: Raf at August 26, 2005 10:41 AM
He's not the most likely choice, but why can't it be Giambi?
And here's hoping for Glenallen Lawton.
Posted by: john massengale at August 30, 2005 08:04 AM