Posts Tagged ‘Juan Rivera’

Juan Rivera, Yankees? Seriously?

Monday, January 28th, 2013

It was suggested to me the other day on Twitter that I write another article for the New York Times announcing my divorce from the Yankees on the grounds of mental cruelty. I replied that I had reformed and no matter how much the team might piss me off at times I would never threaten to divorce them again.

However, today’s minor league signing of Rivera, yet another right-handed outfielder/has-been, managed to get my attention – and not in a good way. I used to think teams needed a power-hitting outfield. Apparently not. As of now we have Ichiro, Gardner and Granderson (who does hit for power, granted), along with the minor league signees. I am not inspired.

Nor am I inspired by our choices at catcher.

Ditto: third base.

Ditto: backup infield.

But here’s what I am excited about: how soon spring training will start. Once that pesky thing called the Super Bowl is out of the way, our countdown can begin in earnest. I can’t wait.

 

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Yet Another Bi-Polar Game, This Time With An Unhappy Ending

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

(courtesy: losangelespublicrelations.com)

Bart was brilliant….until he wasn’t. I don’t remember seeing such a head-spinning turnabout in a long time. Aside from the homer to Bautista (sigh), he was cruising. And then he took the mound for the sixth and the wheels came off.

I honestly think the intentional walks to Bautista and Rivera upset his rhythm. No excuses, but he’d had such great control up to that point that it seemed odd for him to lose it so suddenly.

But the damage was done, and the Yankees offense had no answer. Not against the Blue Jays’ starter. Not against their relievers either. Just nothing.

The only good thing about tonight’s game was that it didn’t take long. Now I can watch the 9 o’clock airing of the HBO movie “Too Big To Fail” – an apt title for the Yankees, don’t you think?

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