Ten days ago, in my article (It's Stretch Time) I mentioned how many long odds occurrences must come to pass for the Yankees to salvage just the second wild card - it is reprinted below:
[With that in mind, here is the easiest scenario for us: Tampa suddenly only plays .500 ball the rest of the way, and other teams do not take advantage, meaning they also falter, a very long odds possibility.
But if Tampa plays .500 ball, they will finish 89-73. It's doubtful that 89-73 will win any wild cards, but it's the best case scenario. Then, the Yankees will need to go 29-17, possible with the rejuvenated lineup, but of course, it puts a lot of pressure on the pitching staff. They don't score for Kuroda, CC needs to rebound, as does Andy Pettitte, both of whom are clearly laboring. We must rely on Nova to keep his rejuvenation intact. We must rely on Cano to get out of his mega slump, and for neither catcher to get hurt.]
Amazingly, EVERYONE that the Yankees needed to lose while they got hot has done exactly that!
Except Cleveland, but Cleveland is only one game ahead of the Yankees (right now), so it doesn't really matter yet. Oh, and Tampa Bay, but Tampa Bay hosts the Yankees for three games, starting Friday night - so by Monday, the Yankees bubble could be burst, or fear can overrun the rest of the league.
Soriano has spurred the latest Yankee spurt, and with his abysmal .295 OBA (.788 OPS), his two run HR vs Toronto were his first RBI since that improbable 18 RBI streak. But desire and motivation are viable factors in this chase for redemption.
Sadly also, the Yankees lost Nix for the remainder of the season. Pettitte has his first well rested test today vs Toronto, then on to Tampa Bay's bigger test.
Book Title:"Play Something Dancy"
Where can you get it: Here
Do you recommend it? YES
A hilarious book was recently brought to the attention of the Bronx Goblin writers. At first thought, we thought how funny could this be? Then we read the reviews of a ton of others who read it and decided to give it a go.
We read it.... AND... we laughed.
We highly recommend looking into it if you like comedic style writing.
About the book:
Los Angeles-based comedian, radio DJ, and host of the Sick and Wrong Podcast, Dee Simon has written a collection of comical and gut-wrenching personal essays about his experience as a strip club DJ in San Francisco in the early 2000s. Most of the stories in the book concern sex, drugs, venereal disease, and diarrhea or a combination thereof. Therefore, if you lack a sense of humor or are easily offended, you should probably put this one down.Hilarious depiction of what goes on “behind the black velvet curtains” at a gentlemen’s club from the perspective of the guy upstairs with the cheesy voice spinning Def Leppard songs.
It was very refreshing to find new talent out there.
Meet Barton Fellows.
He likes drinking sugary drinks even though he has diabetes and doesn't mind letting tax payers front the bill for his health insurance.
When he saw the Yankees win last night he was excited. When he saw Gardner pour Gatorade on Jayson Nix, he immediately got upset.
"What a freaking waste. That is some good Gatorade. Why does he have to pour it on to the ground. America is so wasteful." added Fellows who uses styrofoam cups all day long.
Whatever the case may be, the Yankees won two games yesterday.
They needed it.
A couple of days after A-Rod was hit by Ryan Dempster, Eric (a dumpster) started receiving death threats on Twitter.
"I am sitting here minding my own business, tweeting away like a loser, when I get a tweet from some Yankees fan telling me he wants to kick my ass. I'm a freaking dumpster for crying out loud. Don't he know that?"
But the tweeter didn't know that. He thought he was tweeting Dempster and sent a tweet to the wrong person.
"I'm so pissed right now, I could just throw up a bag of garbage. I don't need this. I'm a freaking dumpster for crying out loud. Don't he know that?"
And the tweeter didn't know that. He kept tweeting.
"He tells me that he is going to throw a ball at me. I don't need this. I'm a freaking dumpster for crying out loud. Don't he know that?"
Long story short, the tweeter finally realized it wasn't Dempster and he apologized to the Dumpster who didn't need it.
As reported here in the last week or so (and virtually nowhere else), the entire A-Rod/Bud Selig drama hinges on the unequal punishment the commissioner has tried to mete out to Alex with the ugly Biogenesis scandal.
Pretend you're a black man in a society that screws black men. You're in court. White guy gets nailed for possession and gets a suspended sentence, second one is a repeat offender and gets six months, third one is nailed for possession with intent to distribute and gets two years. You are up for your first time offense and get 40 to life! Nuff said?
The head of the now defunct clinic has virtually ZERO credibility as a witness - it's like Howie Spira II.
Did you know that, according to the Miami Herald, this clinic was also allegedly selling their "poison" to high school athletes in private schools? HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES! He would throw anyone under the bus to avoid a maximum punishment.
Bud Selig could have given A-Rod the same 50 game suspension he gave most others, and then worked the other conspiracy charges into a "good of baseball" argument, but no1 He has overplayed his hand, much the same as a gambler who goes all-in with not that great a hand, hoping the bluff makes everyone else fold.
But he left A-Rod no room for compromise, especially after his camp mentioned how such a long suspension helps the Yankees get under the 2014 salary cap they have personally set. (No less than Buck Showalter has voiced his opinion that Alex being suspended for all of 2014 plays right into Yankees' management hands, and he fears that they will almost certainly steal away his catcher in 2015 or 16.)
Now comes Ryan Dempster (Ryan dipstick?), who thinks he's Damocles, and Brian O'Nora (an Irishman in Boston?) who doesn't punish the Boston player. Way to play is safe there Brian!
After the Red Sox took the lead last night, before they lost it, a man with a dumb mustache thought it was okay to start cheering. Little did he know that his dumb mustache would make it on live TV.
We couldn't talk to him, but we did manage to talk to another guy who also has a dumb looking mustache. His name is Cheech.
"Yeah, I have one. Looks idiotic, but I grow it anyway. This guy obviously thought that he wasn't going to be on TV. He looks like a fool."
We were not sure what he was doing when A-Rod hit the home run, but we are guessing he wasn't cheering. We will keep you posted if someone let's us know.
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60 Minutes is reporting some juicy stuff.
“60 Minutes” has learned that members of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez’s inner circle in February obtained and leaked documents that implicated Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun as well as his own Yankees teammate, catcher Francisco Cervelli, in the doping scandal that has enveloped Major League Baseball.
The leak came just days after the weekly newspaper Miami New Times published documents in January detailing Rodriguez’s pervasive use of performance enhancing drugs."
This should go over well...
There seems to be some idea that the Yankees have a chance to go post season in 2013, but lest anyone get comfortable, remember what must take place OUT OF the Yankees' control: There are FIVE teams currently ahead of the Yankees for the wild card spots, therefore the Yankee must pass FOUR of them, but two are in the Central and one is in the West, so the limited chances to go head to head will almost certainly make things hugely difficult. Also, the teams above the Yankees in the East have been very consistent all year (Tampa and Baltimore).
Cleveland somehow is one of the teams, and from history, we can feel secure they will fold ... unless they score a coup of a deal by the 31st. But Kansas City is a team on the rise and may be good enough to stay in this race.
Out West, Oakland (many sportswriters' picks to win it all this year) leads in the WILD card race, so to the sportswriters (I agree), they will almost certainly win one of those wild cards (or the division)!
Texas, after having gotten hot in the last two weeks, were just inches ahead of Oakland for the division lead, and they could switch places easily, down the stretch.
The Yanks are currently 6 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay for the SECOND wild card, and if you think 6 1/2 games are easy to make up in 6-7 weeks, remember that the Yankees will need to do it without the leader coming back to them! And that's because if Tampa Bay should fold, someone ELSE will immediately take their place as the second wild card and the Yankees will be back to needing to do it themselves.
With that in mind, here is the easiest scenario for us: Tampa suddenly only plays .500 ball the rest of the way, and other teams do not take advantage, meaning they also falter, a very long odds possibility.