Trailing the Yankees by 4 games in the AL East, Baltimore can make up some ground with a strong showing in the next few days.
Orioles fan Andy Treemont is ready.
"Everyone knows the color of fear is Orange. Orioles represent orange and instilling fear in the Yankees stupid faces."
The Orioles are currently on a 5 game losing streak after getting swept by Tampa.
"We let them win." Treemont continued. "It was all part of the plan for a...sneak attack...shhhh"
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1951 was quite a pivotal year in Yankees history. Joe D. had already told management that this would be his last year, the bone spurs in his foot making it difficult to run anymore. Also, his arm was all but gone by then, testified to me by my dad, a lifelong DiMaggio fan! And Whitey Ford, the rookie sensation in 1950, was now off to the Army. (To get a true parallel, picture Andy Pettitte having been completely unavailable in 1997 after his great 1996 rookie campaign.)
Boston (as always) fought us tooth and nail, but this year, they finished third. It was Cleveland (1948 World Champs) that finished second to these Yankees.
Coming off 1950, in which Rizzuto was league MVP with 200 hits, Yogi Berra was 3rd for the MVP with his team leading 124 RBI, and Joe D. had 32 HR and 122 RBI, considering the 1951 final stats showed Phil with 50 less hits, Yogi with only 88 RBI, and Joe D. with only 77 RBI, you can imagine the "smoke & mirrors" reference more easily.
But Rookie of the Year Gil McDougald hit .306, rookie Mickey Mantle was already hitting homers that scared the living spit out of pitchers, and batting leadoff often, he would induce all kinds of mayhem between infielders, just to get or keep him off base! Then there was veteran Allie Reynolds who "only" finished third on his own team in wins, but he also saved 7 others which led the team.
Add to that, Veterans Raschi and Lopat each won 21, and when the smoke cleared on the final day of the season, Allie Reynolds threw his second no-hitter in 70 days as he closed out the season, blanking the Red Sox. (This was the famously recounted game in which Ted Williams hit what should have been the game ending foul out to Yogi, except that he dropped it! But Williams pop fouled the next swing to virtually the exact same spot and this time, Yogi secured it for the no-hitter!)
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What do you do when the Yankees are getting crushed by the Seattle Mariners and you're an adult? Well you buy some cotton candy and eat it like a complete idiot, that is what you do. To get a better understanding of how cotton candy at Yankee Stadium tastes, we talked to Martin "Sweeet tooth" Jones, an avid candy eater.
"Well if you are going to devote most of your life to eating candy, you have to go all the way. I once ate 43 packs of Rolo's and passed out on the toilet. It was freaking awesome!"
So what are you saying? Should this guy have been eating cotton candy like an imbecile?
"Absolutely. The bigger ass you look like, the more it warrants you eating a kids candy. I mean, you have to be a complete loser to eat cotton candy as an adult. I think that is what we have here. A complete dip-sh**." he added
We are not sure if the man is a complete dip-sh**, but he went to the game with New York Yankees Tickets and got on TV.
Fans are in shock after seeing the picture of the bat above. Could it be that Mickey Mantle was using a corked bat?
In order to get an accurate assessment of this picture, we turned to a cork expert. Quigley Vines runs and operates a failing wine shop in Harlem. He knows a thing or two about corks and drinks most of his profits away. His motto is "wine is made from grapes, grapes are good for you, wine has to be good for you too."
"The bat does appear to have a cork around the top of it. If you look closely at the green arrows, you will see that there is a giant cork there. You have to look closely, but it is there."
We looked and indeed you could see it. You would have to be a complete idiot not to, but still Quigley insists that it is tough to see. We are not sure if the picture is Mantle's actual bat, but it does come from a completely unreliable source, which we here at Bronx Goblin value very much.
"I like all kinds of alcohol. Not just wine. I hate when people try to depict me as only a wine drinker. I like cosmo's just like any other tough guy. Get off my back." added Vines for some reason.
We aren't sure if vines watches the Yankees on TV or goes to the games. If he goes to the games, he can get great Yankees tickets.
Parker Willis has been eating hotdogs for years. He loves the taste of nitrates and especially loves how lean and healthy they are.
"I fear of the day when hotdogs will be genetically modified and that scares me. Who knows what they will put into hotdogs when that happens? I mean, I want to eat healthy. I fear that if I am watching a game, I will be eating garbage." said Parker as he sipped on a bucket of soda.
Hotdogs are currently made up of a bunch of mystery meats and anything else you can find on the floor. If they are genetically modified, could they get any worse?
"I wake up in the morning and walk around the house crop dusting my family with my gas. When I am done doing that, I boil myself a hotdog, drink the water and am on my way. It makes me feel good about myself and I like that." added Parker who was clutching his heart.
GMO's have been the cats meow lately in the food industry. It is only a matter of time before they find out that they do some damage.
"That's what I have been saying. Let hotdogs just be healthy, like they are now. I like to just throw my cigarette butts on the ground and act like it isn't littering. I am too busy to find an ashtray to throw them out at."
What do think about food with GMO's?
In 1979, just after the Yankee back to back World Series victories, there was an incident in the clubhouse between Goose Gossage and Cliff Johnson, leading to a thumb injury and DL stint, leading to the reigning CY Young Ron Guidry (total team player) to volunteer himself to switch to the bullpen while Goose was out. Guidry had come up as a reliever so it wasn't so off-the-wall an idea as you might imagine. In fact, it's exactly what the team did, thus allowing them to vie for the 79 pennant. That year, through a combination of vulture victories (allowing a game to be tied, then hanging on as your team retakes the lead) and long relief as the Yankees made many comebacks, Ron Davis went 14-2 in relief, saving 9 to Goose's 18. But Catfish's arm finally quit on him and he retired at season's end, while Ed Figueroa (statwise) fell off the planet.
Meanwhile, those pests in Baltimore (Orioles not the insects) continued to win close game after close game, eventually beating the Yankees in a late season series and capturing the pennant. During the pennant run, news people asked Earl Weaver what was the secret success formula. He said, "Pitching and three run homers." (Of course, he didn't know of the existence of this nine year old kid in Panama named Mariano Rivera.)
Francesa and I both saw trouble with the depleted Yankee team playing against Oakland and then Colorado, so closely together and then with the make up twinbill with the (surging of late) Indians on Monday 5/13 which should deplete both starting staff and bullpen as the team approaches another bout of excellent teams, but so far, SURPRISE!, the Yanks have kicked ass!
Umpires have been going crazy lately with blown calls, arrogance, instigating fights, and costing games. So what's going on? We talked with one unidentified and unconfirmed source who claims to have the answers.
"The umpires are sick of all the fame and all the money going to those pesky ballplayers." The source said. "If it wasn't for the umpires there would be no baseball!"
The source went on.
"Umpires are going to continue this silent revolution. They want million dollar contracts. They want to be depicted on baseball cards. They want a hall of fame."
We asked a prominant umpire to call in for an interview but he missed two of the numbers and ended up ordering a pizza instead.
Are the umpires waging a war with baseball?
Lyle Koverski loves to watch the Yankees and style his hair like celebrities. He once cut his hair like Vanilla Ice for a game in Detroit and decided to go with the Michelle Obama look in Kansas City.
"Yeah, I don't have anything going for me. I decided to cut my hair like Michelle Obama because she is a powerful women and likes to eat healthy. I eat me some organic squash all the time. I just feel like I have some sort of connection."
Lyle doesn't like having a job and doesn't do much in the way of anything productive with his life.
"If I had a job, I would have called in sick to watch the Yankees game." added Lyle
We aren't sure if more fans will be following in Lyle's footsteps, but he may be on to something. The Yankees are currently in first place.