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August 07, 2006

The Gauntlet '06

21 games in 20 days.

This includes: Three on the road against the defending champs. Three up in Seattle. Seven games against the Angels (who give the Yankees fits). And, of course, 5 games in 4 days up at Fenway Park.

Time for the Yankees (and their fans) to pull up their socks, tighten their shoe laces, crack their knuckles, and shake loose their shoulders.

Ding! Ding! It's time to make it happen.

Thirteen months ago, the Yankees had a run like this one now.

Personally, I believe, if the Yankees go 13-8 in the next 21 games, that would be amazing. And, it would probably lock up the A.L. East.

Basically, the Yankees need to go, at least, 11-10 over the next three weeks - just to hold their ground.

In any event, New York has to win 3 of the 5 in Fenway and beat up on the O's and M's this month. This will allow them to play .500 against the White Sox and Angels and not have an issue.

It's going to be an interesting test for this team. But, I am confident that they now have the horses to make it happen.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at August 7, 2006 12:11 PM

Comments

This is a little off-topic, but...

Someone on the YES board pointed out that after the Friday day-night doubleheader, they have to play a 1 o'clock day game on Saturday. This is because apparently Fox runs baseball nowadays and can do whatever the hell they want.

But that's going to be brutal.

Posted by: baileywalk [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 7, 2006 12:35 PM

Don't forget they also get to play a game in Fenway, then fly cross-country overnight so they can play the next night in Seattle. Fun.

One wy or the other, we'll know alot about the character of this team at the end of the stretch.

Posted by: Mike A. [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 7, 2006 12:48 PM

Just wait and see, with TV, what happens when the Yankees and Mets are in the playoffs together with both games being played in NY. Yankees will probably get screwed there too.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 7, 2006 01:14 PM

Steve, I can't say I agree. If the Yanks and Mets are both in the playoffs, there's no doubt in my mind that the Yanks will get the more favorable times since the Yanks are a national team that has fans (and haters) all over the country. The Mets are, at best, a regional team and have next to nothing to offer advertisers in markets outside of New York. In short, while the Mets have their die-hards, no casual baseball fan will sit and watch a Mets game. The Yanks engender tremendous passion (both good and bad) and the TV executives know that. The Yanks will get the 2nd best TV times, after the Red Sox.

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 7, 2006 02:59 PM

Well in case anyone gets too nervous about the remainder of the Yanks schedule, take heart, kick back, open a cold one and read an article like this:

http://www.boston.com/sports/nesn/wilbur/sports_blog/blog/2006/08/07/on_shaky_ground/index.html

Posted by: Athos333 [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 7, 2006 03:55 PM

Well in case anyone gets too nervous about the remainder of the Yanks schedule, take heart, kick back, open a cold one and read an article like this:

http://www.boston.com/sports/nesn/wilbur/sports_blog/blog/2006/08/07/on_shaky_ground/index.html

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My God, Red Sox fans panic worse than Yankee fans. They talk like it's now impossible for the Sox to even make the post-season. I'm glad people are FINALLY talking about how weak the Sox's pitching is (even up to a few days ago, people were talking about Beckett like he was having a GOOD year), but in my mind if you have Papi and Manny you're never totally out of it. Those two are such RBI machines they can literally carry their bad pitching.

This line, about the Red Sox's pitching woes, did crack me up, though: "How much of that has to do with the loss of Jason Varitek and his game-calling skills can’t be overshadowed."

Yeah? Well, what was the excuse BEFORE he got hurt?

Right next to this on the page is a story about a woman who got stuck to a toilet seat in a mall. The "crafty" paramedics used nail polish remover to get her off (burning her thighs). Somebody apparently put a cement compound on the seat. It's horrible enough using a public bathroom -- now we have to worry about someone putting glue on the seat?

It was probably a Red Sox fan.

Posted by: baileywalk [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 7, 2006 05:01 PM

Totally and completely off-topic but for the benefit of my pal Bailey who disliikes Michael Kay as much as I do, read this:

http://lozo.blogspot.com/2006/08/michael-kay-is-also-asshole.html

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 7, 2006 06:13 PM

MJ, that link was much appreciated. I see we're not alone in our feelings about Kay -- even from people who aren't Yankee fans.

Posted by: baileywalk [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 7, 2006 06:32 PM

I wish Kaat would just pop Kay in the mouth already.

Posted by: Xopher [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 7, 2006 09:01 PM

I would love to see Flash and Leiter do a game alone for a change of pace.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 7, 2006 10:09 PM

To be fair, Kay is still a lot better than most of the garbage on ESPN...

Though yes, a game of Flash / Leiter / Kaat/ Singleton mix would be nice.

Posted by: Yu Hsing Chen [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 8, 2006 01:25 AM

Seriously, as bad as Yankees fans think Kay and Sterling are, there are very few Marty Brennermans working ML games. The vast majority of these guys are excruciatingly bad and not merely because they're shameless homers. BTW, has anyone noticed how Rick Monday has almost perfected his Vin Scully impression these days? It's spooky.

Posted by: JohnnyC [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 8, 2006 10:08 AM

I don't mind the homers as much as I mind how little these guys bring to the table. Either talk to clue us into things about the game which we might not know (Flaherty/Leiter) or only talk when there's something going on (Singleton). Most of the guys today don't have that old-timey charm of a Rizzuto or Carey who could talk about anything and nothing and make it interesting or fun. Most guys just talk to fill space...

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 8, 2006 12:39 PM