August 21, 2006
August 21st @ The Red Sox
Sweep Fancy Moses!
Los calcetines rojos son muertos!
It's over in the A.L. East. What a story!
Forty-two games ago, on July 4th, the standings in the A.L. East were as follows:
And, now, today, with the Yankees taking 5 games in a row from the Red Sox, in dramatic fashion, at Fenway Park, the Yankees presently lead the Boston Red Sox by 6 1/2 games in the standings.
This is a swing of 10.5 games in the standings over a period of seven weeks.
From here, if the Yankees just play .500 baseball over the rest of the season, the Red Sox need to play nearly .700 baseball (.698 actually) to beat New York.
It's over Boston. The New York Yankees will win the A.L. East for the 9th year in a row - thanks to the results of this 5-game series.
If the Yankees go on to win the World Series, I want to see a box-set of DVDs released covering the Yankees run this year - and every one of these 5 games should be included in the set, in their entirety.
What a great plane ride the Yankees are going to have - as they head out to Seattle. And, they earned it.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at August 21, 2006 04:12 PM
Steve, who was the MVP for the series? My vote goes to Damon who was an absolute Demon in this series.
Posted by: Straylightrise at August 21, 2006 04:39 PM
At first blush, I would agree with Damon - he set the tone. He must be feeling great right about now.
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at August 21, 2006 04:41 PM
This is how I feel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V30tyaXv6EI
I Ment to say: Scott Proctor, MVP
Yeah, Proctor too. Hell, this weekend, they're all MVPs to me!
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at August 21, 2006 04:48 PM
Festus - "and hear the lamentation of their women!" You Barbarian you! LOL
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at August 21, 2006 04:50 PM
Now batting for the Yankees, CONAN!
Proctor mvp....yea maybe. Needless this will go down as a great Yankee memory almost up there with the 2004 Game 1 ALCS game i went too.
Course I can forget games 4 5 6 7.
Before this weekend, the Yankees had swept the Red Sox in a five-game series at Fenway Park just twice in their history, doing so in 1927 and 1943. They won the World Series in both of those years.
Co-mvps: Damon, Abreu, and Proctor.
What was even more thrilling was that the Yankees beat the Red Sox every which way you can: slugfest, late-inning comeback (in a game pitched by their two best pitchers no less), a one-run pitcher's duel, and they did it with power, speed, defense, clutch hitting, and, contrary to Dan Shaughnessy's worthless opinion, an effective bullpen that left their guts on the battlefield, throwing more pitches than anyone should ever have to in 4 day period. They simply would not be denied.
There's no question who the series MVP was: Boston's pitching.
Without that garbage (save Boomer) the 5-game sweep would not have been possible.
Posted by: Mike A. at August 21, 2006 05:28 PM
Anyone else feel bad for Wells? Not that I wanted him to win, but he didn't deserve the L, either. And that was not a wild pitch on Foulke - it was clearly a passed ball.
MVP's...Proctor for shear guts (honorable mention to Villone); Cabrerra for coming of age; Cano for playing like a 10 year veteran; Bobby A. for ending the myth about there needing to be an adjustment period to play in NY; Giambi and Damon for understanding the meaning of "Prime Time"; and, of course, DJ for setting the standard with hits that turned two of the games in late and close situations. Are you listening A-Rod?. Tip of the hat to Mo and Jorge as well.
Definitely like that #15... missing the ol' capt as usual.... my vote goes to Damon for starting off the series swingin' like a madman. I feel like he was the one who set the tone and then the rest followed....
It's a complete team effort. but if i have to pick one guy... it's probably Proctor.
Let's face it: This is a team full of MVPs right now. But lets keep our eye on the ball. Still 39 to go. If we gained 10 1/2 in 42 games, the Sox can gain 6 1/2 in 39. Of course, I think it's extremely doubtful given this current Yankee team, which really looks special and the Yanks I'm sure will keep their focus.
BTW, these games are already available for digital download as per the Yankees website.