Conceding first place…
To be in first place, you have to play like you
want to be champions. Unfortunately, the
Yankees have played like anything but since their weekend acquisitions of
Austin Kearns, Lance Berkman and Kerry Wood.
I thought the moves were meant to upgrade the roster. Instead, the life of the team has been
Of course, at the forefront, is the enigma known as
Alex Rodriguez. For a guy who is
supposed to eventually assault Barry Bonds’ all-time home run record, he has
made trying to get a single home run so incredibly painful to watch. The paparazzi are constantly following A-Rod
in anticipation of the 600th home run, but it has proved to be a
long and winding road.
Tonight, the Toronto Blue Jays pummeled the
Yankees, 8-2. The Yanks took an early
2-0 lead on a Mark Teixeira home run in the first, but then, the bats went
silent. A-Rod posted another 0-fer,
going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
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I am not sure what it is going to take to snap the
team out of its current funk, but the Tampa Bay Rays have the easiest schedule
for the remainder of the season and now sole possession of first place. With arguably the best pitching rotation in
baseball, they won’t be losing too many games so the Yanks chances for winning
the division definitely took a turn for the worst with this past weekend’s
series loss to the Rays.
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There are reports that Brett Favre is finally
calling it a career, which leaves the Minnesota Vikings with Tavaris Jackson
and Sage Rosenfels at QB. Suddenly, a
potential NFC Championship rematch between the Vikings and the New Orleans
Saints doesn’t look so likely. With
Favre out of the picture, I’d have to say the Green Bay Packers, with Aaron
Rodgers, are the best of the NFC North.
If there is anything gained by Favre’s decision (if true), it is that
his off-season indecisiveness will no longer impact the team’s plans. I hope that T-Jack learned under Favre last
season, but I can’t say that I am overly optimistic.
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This is definitely a ‘glass is half empty’
post. I guess I had better close it out
while I am behind…