New York Yankees Offseason Characteristic of a Circus
The New York Yankees have had an offseason that may be called anything but normal. Are these really the Yankees that we are talking about? We are talking about a team that since dominating the league in the late '90s hasn't won a World Series yet in the new decade. One might think that the Yankees would be desperate to get back and win a title to prove they haven't lost that ability, but during the course of the offseason the Yankees have shocked the nation in many ways.
The first of which I will mention is the HGH Scandal:
Andy Pettite went before Congress and was smart in his decision, unlike Roger Clemens, to tell the world that during his career he did use HGH. At the same time, he also ratted out his long time teamate and good friend, Roger Clemens. Roger continued to lie about his HGH use in front of Congress, bad idea, I think we all know why. As for Pettite, his return with the Yankees in Spring Training went smooth and for the most part was uneventful. Except for this one little thing, now that his elbow is bothering him, what will he turn to to get better? Stay tuned for that.
Next we have Mr. Hank Steinbrenner:
Hank Steinbrenner started his new career off on a bad note when he told the New York Press "Red Sox Nation? What a bunch of [expletive] that is, That was a creation of the Red Sox and ESPN, which is filled with Red Sox fans. Go anywhere in America and you won't see Red Sox hats and jackets, you'll see Yankee hats and jackets. This is a Yankee country. We're going to put the Yankees back on top and restore the universe to order." In response to this the Red Sox's John Henry sent Mr. Steinbrenner an invitation to be part of Red Sox Nation.
The Pitching situation is somewhat obscure:
Remember how dominant this phenom looked after being called up to the big leagues last year? Joba Chamberlain has the potential to do exactly what his Red Sox counterpart has already done, and that is become one of the leagues most profound closers. I know its early in his career, but he did show signs of amazingness. So what's this have to do with the Yankees ongoing circus like offseason? That lies in Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland. Eiland is working out Chamberlain as a starter. Let me just say that is a terrible idea, and frankly for my sake I hope this happens, because he'll probably get injured due to wear and tear.
Ok so what's the big deal with Joe Girardi and pitcher Kyle Farnsworth? Well turns out that Girardi and Farnsworth are now good pals and Giradi has big plans for his new Best Friend Forever. New to the Yankees, skipper Joe Girardi has plans to make Farnsworth his 8th inning man. This makes absolutley no sense at all, unless Joba does turn out to be a starting pitcher this season. Obviously the Yankees will still have Mariano as their closer, however the question apparently is who to have as your 8th inning set up man, Joba or Kyle. How is that even a question?
Yankees and Devil Rays brawl:
Yesterday, the Yankees instigated a brawl when Yankees infielder Shelley Duncan slid into Rays' 2B Akinori Iwamura, spikes high, slashing Akinori's hand open. This, apparently was in retaliation to a play earlier this spring between these two clubs in which Yankee backup catcher Francisco Cervelli was steamrolled at the plate by a Rays' baserunner, breaking his wrist. Joe Girardi had no problem with this insane display of payback in an exhibition game. After the incident Joe Girardi said that he was fine with the whole thing, then continued to say "I'm upset that my catcher is having surgery today." In the brawl Gomes, Duncan, and two Yankees coaches were ejected.
Billy Crystal can now say he played baseball:
It just keeps getting more odd by the minute, literally. Today, actor and comedian Billy Crystal made his MLB debut as he started, in place of Johnny Damon, at the DH position. I'm not sure if the Yankees stooped to an all-time low, or if they were just giving this guy his 60th Birthday Present. No joke, Crystal will turn 60 tomorrow March 14, 2008, which means that he is actually old enough to be the father of half the players on the Yankees. Anyways, it was one and done for funnyman Billy Crystal. In his one plate appearance Crystal lined one down the first base line that just hooked foul before striking out four pitches later. At least he made contact. Crystal just had to make a joke, so when asked what position he would play, Crystal promptly said "I'm the DH-the Designated Hebrew."
That ends this blog, Hope you enjoyed.