Now the Yankees are playing catch -

Now the Yankees are playing catch -

There are 7 comments on the Newsday story from Oct 30, 2007, titled Now the Yankees are playing catch -. In it, Newsday reports that:

They no longer need to worry about getting caught by the Red Sox. That's over. That's done.

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Tim Sherman

Herndon, VA

#1 Oct 30, 2007
Shaun, Shaun, Shaun,
Congratulations to the Red Sox. They deserved to win because they did what the Yankees failed to do. They played their best baseball when it counted the most. But your doom and gloom attitude really isn't necessary. Just to remind you, from 1996-2003, the Yankees appeared in six World Series and won four. Guess who wasn't on any of those teams? A-Rod. From 2004-2007, they appeared in exactly zero. Guess who was on the roster? Yup A-Rod. Good riddance to him. And Torre. his playoff record over the last 17 playoff games? 3-14. That's 3 wins and 14 losses. Do you think all of the other teams were lucky or that much better than the Yankees? No they weren't. He was outmanaged and couldn't motivate his team to play good baseball when it counted. It was time for a change. I respect what Torre did, but he needed to go. As for A-Rod, his production will be hard to replace for sure, but maybe the Yankees can get back to good pitching and good defense and won't need to try and outscore everybody. Girardi will do a fine job and the Yankees will be competitive every year. As for the Red Sox, more power to them. Yankees fans don't need to worry about the Red Sox. Even this year we won the season series against this great "dynasty" of a team. The Yankees will be just fine next year and will compete with the Red Sox just as well without Torre and A-Rod. My guess is this team will surprise you next year.
Tim Sherman
k batti

Wading River, NY

#2 Oct 30, 2007
As anyone knows, unless you have an Uber Team (like the 1998 Yankees), winning in October has much to do with whom you play. While I have no desire to discredit Boston, there are some teams you match up well against and others you don't; the Red Sox do not happen to match up well against the Yankees, who cream their vaunted pitching, whether it's Schilling, Matsuka or Beckett. That's just a fact: see Beckett's ERA against New York rather than take my word for it. They also seem to hit Papelbon well. So the notion that the Yankees are somehow flailing helplessly against the big bad Red Sox, who have now set The Standard, is naive and incorrect. Having won 7 of the last 8 against Boston last season, and having been so injured that we fielded Wilkes Barre-Scranton against them in our 1-5 early record vs. Boston, to me is a visible index of what the matchup is really about when the Yankees are healthy. The Yankees would have won the East again had they not had an unreal amount of injuries, not only to pitching staff, but to Abreu and Matsui early on. No one really expect Chase Wright, Jeff Karstens, Matt DeSalvo or Ty Clippard to lead them to a Division victory; none of them are even high up on the Yankees' depth chart of supernova pitching prospects, which not only boast Chamberlain, Hughes and Kennedy, but Christian Garcia, Dan McCutcheon (both of whom have 1-2 type stuff), and Dellin Betances, to name a few. The Yankees are hardly an organization in decline, it's just the opposite, if you know anything about baseball. In a matter of just two years, we have the best young pitching in the majors. Granted, the loss of ARod (if he doesn't re-sign - stranger things have happened) will factor in 2008, as despite all the stupid media bashing, Alex really does just flog Boston pitching. Even though he is a super athlete and a young 32, he will turn 33 in July, and when the Yankees' young pitching is complemented by stud everyday players' arrivals (Jose Tabata and Austin Jackson) - probably 2009 - he'll be another year older. The impact of his loss is potentially dramatic, but short-lived. So I don't think your theory holds much water, friend. Next season is a new one, and the Yankees' lack of pitching in 2007 will no longer be a factor in 2008, which will help them against teams that do have pitching that gives them trouble. They also have one of the brightest, most prepared young managers in the game.

Waterbury, CT

#3 Oct 30, 2007
time will tell. although the red sox, right now, have a good number of young players ready and able to perform on a daily basis. should make for an interesting season next year. certainly is good for baseball, and good for television, but most of all, good for fans of baseball.
AZ Yankee Fan

Phoenix, AZ

#4 Oct 30, 2007
Batti gets it totally right. Titles are won with pitching, and if the starters ERA is under 4 then the Yanks contend for sure. Writers who aren't baseball experts (that's you Powell, and your cohort Matthews as well) are basically clueless.

United States

#5 Oct 31, 2007
Baseball players are not the only ones that make errors. If there was a box score for the Yankee brass there would be a big E by all of their names. It's too bad it will result in many L's and no October games.


#6 Oct 31, 2007
Fast forward to the `08 World Series. The Boston Red Sox, vs. The Joe Torre, Mattingly, Rivera, Posada, A Rod, and Pettite L.A. Dodgers. Now zoom over to N.Y. City, where for some reason there`s a run on single edge blades not to mention people standing on the edge of their window 10 stories up. Remember in the original Mask? how after years of punishment the innocent one forced to eat by jamming his whatever they fed him through that iron mask just to eat, was finally freed and then put that same mask on his tormenter? Well thats how I feel now as a Red Sox fan. Enjoy your dinner Yankee fans and have a nice winter.
happy yankee fan

Clermont, FL

#7 Oct 31, 2007
shaun powell is a pessimist and does not know what the hell he is talking about---yes the nyy yankee world is falling because the sox beat an inexperienced cleveland team and a rookie colorado team--did they beat the yankees when the yankees were full strength. And the reason the nyy lost to cleveland because their docile manager did not have the brains to go out to the umpires during the bug fest and of a certain hitter that his agent says is the best player failing to deliver in the postseason AGAIN. GOOD RIDDANCE TO BOTH OF THEM

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