Re: Yankees closing in; only 1 Â½ games out/Aceves starting Thursday
posted at 4/14/2013 9:11 PM EDT
In response to FrankFromGL's comment:
In response to Bill-806's comment:
In response to FrankFromGL's comment:
Good afternoon, my good Red Sox friends.
Rumors of my Yankees' demise were greatly
exaggerated. Three in a row! Your former Hall-Of -Fame Manager, Terry Francona’s team, can’t stop my Yankees juggernaut. 14-1 last night. The offense is on fire and Petite is 2-0 after pitching seven strong innings. My Yankees starting rotation of Sabathia, Kuroda, Pettitte, Nova and Hughes is not only a playoff caliber rotation but far superior than your Sox starters. I give the Sox credit for having two good starters in Lester and Buchholz but after that you have end of the rotation starters. In fact I heard on WEEI that Alfredo Aceves will start on Thursday. He is struggling. Meanwhile your rookie Ty Cobb in left if batting .143. Your bullpen may be good but it hard to win games when your back of the rotation starters are struggling and giving up too many runs.
My Yankees will get their key players back this season (Granderson-May/Teixeira-May; meanwhile the offense is doing well.
This is a 162 game marathon. My Yankees will be in the playoffs in October.
Frank, your boys will need a lot of JUICE just to get back on the field !!! Maybe Roga Clemmens will come back with his country & western girl friend !!!
My good friend Bill-806, you have what they call a “convenient memory”. Isn’t it true that you rooted for the Red Sox during the first decade of the 21st century and you still do. But don’t you realize that two of the highest paid players on those teams were Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz. But don’t let the facts cloud your mind. And please stop your self-righteous chatter about Roger Clemens.
Let me refresh your memory. In 2003 Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz were among roughly 100 major league players listed as having tested positive for performance-enhancing substances. This means the drugs were still likely in effect for October, 2004. And you remember what happened in 2004, don't you? The Sox two best hitters took my Yankees apart in a historic, we-never-hear-the-end-of-it comeback. Except it turns out those dragon slayers were every bit as tainted Roger. Ortiz killed the Yankees. Destroyed them. Now we know why. You know why, too. It was all a charade.
And let me refresh you of Manny of 2008. Ramirez had a physical altercation with elderly Red Sox traveling secretary Jack McCormick. Ramirez pushed the 64-year-old McCormick to the ground. And in 2008 Ramirez “quit” on his team.
In 2013 GM Ben has acquired mediocre, don’t make waves, ballplayers; he has created a team that has basically no chance of making the playoffs. You don’t have the firepower of a Ramirez and Ortiz batting 3rd and 4th in the batting order and after Lester and Buchholtz ( who has never pitcher 200 innings) you have Dempster who failed in Texas and belongs in the NL, Doubront who is inconsistent, John Lackey who is coming back from Tommy John surgery and Aceves who is your 6th starter. Looks like no for the Sox once again.
I think you've got to give Ortiz the benefit of the doubt. He's always claimed he was innocent, he's never been suspended for PED use, and most importantly, he was improving in 2003-2004, with his best years still to come, well after guys like Bonds and Sosa were crashing to earth. There were more names on "the list" than there were positive specimens.
I even have doubts that Manny was juicing in Boston; if he was, he must have been juicing his entire career, because he has a natural arc, with his best years coming at age 27 - 28. I think what we saw when Manny went to the Dodgers was what Manny on PEDs looks like - not just because he was suddenly slugging .743 at age 36, but because he proved how utterly incompetent he was at covering his tracks. I have a feeling that if Manny in his prime had been on the Barry Bonds diet, he would have made Sammy Sosa look like Nick Punto.
Either way, if you're going to make a stink about the 2004 Red Sox and PEDs, you'd better be a Cardinals fan, and not rooting for a team whose roster included A-Rod, Sheffield, Giambi, and Kevin Brown.
Also either way, 2004 was 9 years ago. The Yankees are still cheating - A-Rod, Francisco Cervelli, that stunt with Bartolo Colon and HGH in the Dominican Republic. I understand you have to love your team, but do it quietly while holding your nose. You have nothing to crow about right now, in the recent past, or for the foreseeable future.