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A Tribute to a Fallen Enemy.

George M Steinbrenner III died this morning.

The man who was the face of an organization that allowed my asshole Yankees fan cousins to torture me for the first 22 years of my life is gone. Steinbrenner put up the ridiculous amounts of money to buy World Series titles and all of the best players. I should be dancing in the streets. Naked.

But I’m not.

I’m actually sad. Sure, Steinbrenner was a blood sucking whore who paid for titles, but he was also a great philanthropist whose name was on the children’s wing of the hospital in which he passed. He was a the perfect enemy for a young kid: He spent money, won titles and dressed well (if you’re a turtleneck kinda guy), but mostly he just wasn’t our guy. Growing up and seeing his antics, from the Winfield event to the old film of him yelling at Billy Martin, made me hate him, but still be a little bit jealous that he wasn’t our owner.

Either way, the country is mourning as tonight’s All-Star Game is played out with his Yankees holding the best record in baseball (assclowns). I’m sure he’ll be watching from somewhere with a smile on his face.

Well, George, at least you made it interesting.

Back tomorrow with midseason list #789. Yeah, they are on all the other sites, but you like us better.

Go Sox.

Done.

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Why I Simply Can’t Get Myself Interested in The League Championship Series.

Does anyone else find it hard to keep watching baseball this season? At the end of last year, I found myself completely engrossed in the World Series, even lacking a local presence. This season, however, I just can’t get interested. The games might as well be (non World Cup) soccer for all the energy and thought I have put into them. I have been keeping up with what is going on, but there is really no compelling story to keep me reeled in, especially after the Angels lost the first two games to the Yanks. Each of the teams has flaws, and something of a story, but there are no reasons to like any of them.

I just can't get over this picture.

I just can't get over this picture.

The Yankees – Wow, another Steinbrenner paid for quarter billion dollar juggernaut is racing towards a championship? Somebody alert the Pope, he may want to add another book to the Bible. These guys are not even likable in the least way. Their best players are a Boras-Bot whose wife clearly wears the pants in the relationship,  a blue lipped billionaire who has to be on the roids again because his traditional October crapout is still to come, and a guy so fat that his jersey has more pinstripes on it than anyone’s in history. The $560 million or so devoted to these three guys has made them less fun, where as most of us, if given that kind of dollars, would be much more fun. Do you care about these guys? Do you hope that they get the title that will help validate their lives? I thought not.

What the hell does a Monkey have to do with the Angels?

What the hell does a Monkey have to do with the Angels?

The Angels – They are the team of destiny, the team that lost one of their own early in the season, and the team that tore the huge monkey off of their backs last week by taking down the team that had ousted them four straight times. On Saturday night, the bars in Boston were full of people rooting for them to crush the Yanks as they had the Sox. But there is something missing, most likely their ability to beat the Yanks at the stadium, any semblance of a reliable closer, and the East coast bias that refuses to let me care about them. Were they up 2-0 instead of down right now I’d probably be wearing my old Angels little league shirt (from the team coached by Jimmy Junk) and cheering about how they are going to cause a murder-suicide (Cashman-Steinbrenner) at the end of the season. As is, I could really care less. (Unless they win tonight and tomorrow).

Most people I know from Philly like it in the face.

Most people I know from Philly like it in the face.

The Phillies – They won last year and didn’t make many changes over the winter. The city of Philadelphia is too recently sated with a title to completely explode and burn it self down like they almost did last year when they won. They have no personality and even Pedro seems to have toned down the Soul Glo in his hair. Nobody except for Cliff Lee is on this ride for the first time and most of them are just too damn businesslike. In short, they are boring, and nobody likes a boring story. At least if it were Detroit we would be able to take bets on the over/under of arrests made in the celebration or how quickly the city would be abandoned after the fires.

Nuff Ced.

Nuff Ced.

The Dodgers – Have no shot. Who exactly is on their team? Oh, they do have the only really compelling character in either series, in Andre Ethier, but he’s not enough, and their pitching staff is weaker than Troy Duffy’s hopes to win an Oscar.

118 Days.

Go Sox.

Done.

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Delusional Ramblings from Coach K

Captain America Makes New Home in Fenway

Associated Press  – February 12th, 2012
Jeter PedroiaBoston, MA.- After over a decade in pinstripes, former New York Yankee’s captain Derek Jeter has found a new home. Shocking baseball fans everywhere, and especially in New York and Massachusetts, Jeter signed a two year, $19.5 Million deal with the Boston Red Sox today. The deal includes a base salary of $11 Million in year one, and $8.5 in year two, and a team option for a third year, also at $8.5 Million. With performance incentives based on games played, and wining league awards such as the batting title, and World Series MVP, the total value of the deal, if the third year is picked up, could total $36 Million.

After averaging almost $19 Million over the last ten years, Jeter had this to say about the apparent discount for the once hated rival Red Sox, “I’ve played this game for a lot of years, and I have set aside a pretty nice nest egg. Finances weren’t my focus, the length of the deal, and going to the right environment to end my career was.”

I peed and pooped

I just peed and pooped

The Yankee’s offer had been rumored to be a one year deal, with a club option for a second, with salary in the $12-$15 Million range annually. Yet, it seems, that the once proud Yankee was more comfortable going to the division rival than finishing his career for the only professional organization he had ever known.

While it may be a surprise to many, the situation had apparently been building for several years. Jeter began to lose faith in the Yankee organization once control of the franchise was shifted from patriarch George Steinbrenner to his sons Hank and  Hal. Tension increased due to the now infamous scandal surrounding former Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez’s confirmed use of steroids with the Texas Rangers, and subsequent suspension in 2010 for testing positive for the banned substance DioxybuterHomorol. The failed conversion to 3rd base of Mark Teixeira, and the fact that the Yankee’s have not qualified for the playoffs in 4 straight seasons sealed the deal.

I peed and pooped as well.

I peed and pooped as well.

With 4 championships in the last 6 seasons, and one World Series loss to the Philadelphia Phillies this past October, the Red Sox are what the Yankee’s once were, the face of Major League Baseball. With two former MVP’s in their infield, and a dominant pitching staff, the Sox only major need has been at SS. Jeter said that his decision was made easier having played in the World Baseball Classic with 2B Dustin Padrioa, the 2008 and 2010 AL MVP, and 1B Kevin Youkilis, the current holder of that title. “Already having been in the locker room with those guys, at the Classic and in All-Star Games, made this an easy fit. I am looking forward to being just one of the guys instead of having to be center stage all the time.”

Red Sox spokesman, and Player Relations Liaison, Jacob B. Rabbs had this to say, “We think that Derek’s considerable experience in the division, his general charisma, and his talent will be a welcome addition to the clubhouse.”

The Yankee’s are said to be pursuing veteran short stops Jose Reyes, from the cross-town Mets, and 2011 World Series MVP Jimmy Rollins Phillies, who many feel is expendable in trade due to the emergence of IF Jason Donald. Rumors are already swarming that the Sox are discussing packaging utility man Jed Lowrie with prospects to add an outfielder after JD Drew was not resigned this winter.

Contributions from Peter Gammons and Jayson Stark were used in this report.

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Cashman fails to talk another Steinbrenner out of wasting money on crappy pitchers

No, Hank, Spending $243.5 Million on two pitchers with health issues and crappy big game records is not a good idea even though it's how dad wold have done it

No, Hank, Spending $243.5 Million on two pitchers with health issues and crappy big game records is not a good idea even though it's how dad wold have done it

That’s right, Brian Cashman just signed AJ Burnett to a 5 Year, 82.5 Million contract. What does this do to the Red Sox? Absolutely nothing, because Burnett has only started thirty games twice in his 9 year MLB career and other than his two contract years has been spotty at best. That makes $243.5 Million for two pitchers when there has never been a good pitching signing for more than $100 million (and Sabathia is Fat). Keep it up, Brian, Hank and Hal, and maybe you guys can build a fan base through a good long championship drought.

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