As promised since the start of the playoffs, here's my Yankees rant
First, it's been a long, exhausting year. You must be tired. You look a little parched. Thirsty? Let me pour you a tall, heaping glass of that Haterade you enjoy so much. Drink it up! Ah, it's refreshing isn't it? Oh, look. It has Derek Jeter's image on it. Is he pointing to his thumb? That character.
Ok, let's go back to early October and address only a snippet of those declarative statements that were made. We have the "worst shortstop in MLB history". Yeah, that guy sucks. Then, there's that guy on steriods. Ok, decent year, but he never comes up big in the playoffs. And his pitching counterpart, cause he'll never win in a big spot. Don't forget that washed up pitcher that actually admitted to steriod use. Or that really old dude that used to be pretty lights out, but doesn't have it anymore. And then we have a couple new guys that would only be "true Yankees" if they win. Not to mention that catcher that was never that good anyway. I don't even know who that Asian guy is. Last, but not least, there's that manager who has no idea what he's doing. 3 man rotation throughout the playoffs? That'll never work.
At least there's all that money that they spend that never returns a profit. All that money they spend on players hasn't produced a ring in a century (or 9 years, but that's splitting hairs). How ridiculous is that new stadium? $2,000 a game seats? They'll never fill that consistently. Anyway, they'll never maintain that cause nobody wants to watch them on TV. Especially if they're playing another East Coast team.
It's really time you face the truth. Jeter is one of the greatest players this game has ever seen. I've never seen such an amazing player get so much hate simply b/c he's wearing a certain uniform. No one ever denies that Peyton and Brady are the best QBs in football, yet Jeter has more rings on his hands then both of them combined. Not only that, he always comes through in the post-season, when it counts most.
Take everything you've ever said about A-Rod and C.C. and throw it and sit that baby on a shelf and let it get dusty. C.C. never pitched a bad game, but he did have to go against an amazing Cliff Lee. There's being in the zone and there's being the High Lord and Master of that zone, and Lee was the latter. But C.C. did his part, and they rode that horse as long as they needed to. And the Phillies were so scared of A-Rod all they could do was throw at him. Oh yes, they were scared. And so are you!
The pitching woes of the past exist no longer. The starters gave them long, quality innings, and the middle relief did their job of bridging the gap to get the Sandman on the hill. And they were used intelligently. Girardi knew the matchups he wanted, and he got them when the time came, regardless of what we wanted to see. The man made a terrible team a winner and now he made a good team a champion.
Ok, I'll go there. The Yankees have a lot of money. A $h!tload of money. And ya know what? They USE it! Look at the Marlins. They win a championship, and they tear the team apart the next year. Then they some how get there again, and what do they do? They tear it apart again! And when that team has a bunch of young, no name players, they fire the manager of the year (thanks, btw). The Yankees do not do this. The Steinbrenners have always given us a chance to win. That puts people in the seats. That generates the money. You can hate MLB for not having a cap, or you can hate your owners for not giving a $h!t.
And what's your greatest, end-all argument? What have the Yankees done lately? Sure, they were great at one time, but what have they done recently? Won in 2000? Pennants in '01 and '03? Playoffs in all but one of those years and 15 of the last 16 AL East division championships? No, not good enough.
Ok, so maybe this is one of my bigger jack@$$ moves on this site. Maybe you think less of me than before. But I let every hater have their say all postseason, only stating that I'd state my case in the first week of November (ok, so this is the second week, but I can't tell you how hectic things have been). There is no NFL Championship/SuperBowl argument. There is no "well the competition is so much better now argument". There is only the greatest team in all of North American sports and there is nothing you can do or say about, but cause the Evil Empire has Stuck back and the Sports Galaxy is ours yet again. So I'll leave you w/ the 6 most beautiful words in all of sports, "The Yankees win! Theeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Yankees win!!!!!