Let the Battle Begin…


The new and improved Yankees make their way to Beantown for a three-game series beginning tonight…


The New York Yankees celebrate their 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on June 8, 2009.

David Pokress/Newsday


Fresh off a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, the Yanks find themselves a game up on the Red Sox in the AL East Standings.  Of course, anything can happen over the next three days, but the stage is set for a major in-season battle for supremacy.



When they last played, New York was left with a 13-13 record after being swept in a two-game series in early May, Mark Teixeira was batting .198, and Alex Rodriguez was in Tampa in preparation of rejoining the team in Baltimore the following weekend.  Since A-Rod has arrived, the Yankees have been on a tear.  The Yankees record is now 34-23 and Mark Teixeira has improved his batting average to .286, with 18 home runs.


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The team chemistry is better than I’ve seen in a number of years.  A little Swish goes a long way…


Nick Swisher of the New York Yankees hits a two-run home run in the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on June 8, 2009 at Yankee Stadium.

Nick Laham/Getty Images


Of course, the usual rhetoric is taking place with the latest Yankees-Red Sox series.  Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe wrote a story called “A missed mark” and went as far as to say the Yankees’ signing of Mark Teixeira at the Red Sox expense “…could loom as a pivotal turning point in baseball’s fiercest division”.    Teixeira is proving to be one of the best free agent signings ever by the Evil Empire.  He has obviously been playing in a higher league for the last month, but taking him away from a bitter rival can never be understated.  With Ortiz on the downslope, how much different would the Red Sox have looked with Tex at first and Kevin Youkilis at third?  Julia will give you all the reasons for why it’s great to have Mike Lowell in the lineup, but clearly they would have been better with Tex and Youk at the corners.  Fortunately, we’ll never know what could have been but rather what was meant to be…


New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira hits a solo home run in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on June 8, 2009 at Yankee Stadium.

Nick Laham/Getty Images


Julia seems pretty confident that I’ll be wearing a Jason Bay t-shirt by the end of the week.  She also thought the Bruins were going to win the Stanley Cup and the Celtics were going to repeat as champions in the NBA.  She also said that the Patriots wouldn’t trade Matt Cassel.  So, when she says that the Red Sox will sweep the Yankees, I smile and wonder what she’ll look like wearing a Mark Teixeira t-shirt…



Like CC Sabathia said, “We’re pitching better, playing better defense obviously.  Getting A-Rod back makes a huge difference.  We’re a different team.”  Yes, Julia, there is a Santa Claus…


Other News…

Congratulations to the Washington Nationals for their selection of pitcher Stephen Strasburg as the number one pick in the First Year Player Draft.  Granted, the pick had been anticipated for weeks, but I am hopeful to see Strasburg fulfill his tremendous promise.



In a departure from baseball talk, the Minnesota Vikings have given Brett Favre until the end of the week to decide if he’ll play in 2009.  Favre had arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder last month, and he still doesn’t know if he’ll be ready to resume his playing career.  Meanwhile, the Favre family has blocked out 25 to 30 hotel rooms for the November weekend when the Vikings will be in Green Bay to play the Packers.  Does it mean Favre will come out of retirement?  Who knows.  The family certainly has time to cancel the reservations.  I have mixed feelings.  I am all in favor of anything that would increase the Vikings chances for a 5th Super Bowl appearance.  Is Favre better than Sage Rosenfels or Tavaris Jackson?  If healthy, the answer is yes.  But it was miserable to watch Favre the second half of last season.  Is that the Favre we’d be destined to see?  If so, I’d prefer he just stay in Mississippi and only make a trip to Green Bay to retire his number.  Favre’s presence on the Vikings roster would probably cause the loss of John David Booty who has looked very much improved in this year’s OTA’s.  That price is too high for a one year gamble…







  1. juliasrants

    Hey Scott – new and improved Yankees? I think not! Did you happen to notice who WON the game tonight 7-0? Did you notice who had a 2 run homerun? And guess who is NOT going to be wearing a Mark Teixeira t-shirt? Oh there is a Santa Claus my friend – and he is a RED SOX FAN!!! Game On Scott! I can’t wait to see Wakefield take on Wang Wednesday night! Hmmm….what size t-shirt did you say you wear? 😉


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