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THE YANKEE FANS’ GUIDE FOR ROOTING IN THE PLAYOFFS


Alright its time for the playoffs!!!…..Wait, something looks wrong here, where are the Yankees? Why does it say the Rays play this week? There must be a typo…. did baseball start giving teams bye weeks? Maybe the Yanks get to skip the ALDS and get to go right to the ALCS? What is this, the twilight zone?…Where are the Yankees? What?…They’re playing golf with the Mets?

What happened?

Well the answer to that question is simple: This year happened. The Rays took the division, Boston took the wild card, and the Yankees stunk. It’s as simple as that. As a die-hard, bleacher creature loving, but also disgruntled and disapointed Yankee fan, I feel your pain. The Yanks have not missed a postseason since 1995 and fell flat on their faces this year. “What do I do now?”, you ask? My answer to you is to watch the postseason; and while your doing that, follow my guide for rooting in the postseason.

First and foremost no rooting for Boston, at all. If you didn’t know that you are not a true Yankee fan.

In the American League root for the Rays and the Angels in the ALDS. Why the Rays? Root for them because they have played great and deserve their 15 minutes of fame. Why the Angels? Remember, no success for Boston equals a good thing. Root for the Rays over the Angels because the Angels beat up on the Yankees every year.

In the National League has one theme: Joe Torre’s sweet revenge. As a Yankee fan who realizes that Torre got thrown under the bus last year, I want to see him succeed. So in the NLDS I would suggest rooting for the Dodgers and the Brewers. The Cubs and Phillies are losers and they always should be. The Brewers broke the Mets hearts and it doesn’t get much better than that. Root for the Dodgers over the Brewers because of Joe Torre.

When it comes to a World Series between the Dodgers and Rays go with the Dodgers. Torre is one of the greatest managers in Yankees history and deserves one more championship.

But in reality, by the time you read this the Dodgers will have probably been eliminated.

Oh, well I guess we’ll have to wait for next year.

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GOODBYE MANNY!!!!

Yankee fans rejoiced yesterday when the news broke that Manny Ramirez had been traded (aka given away) to the LA Dodgers.  The Yankee killer is not only out of Boston, but out of the American League all together.  Everyone knows the story by now so I am not going to write about that part of the story.  The bottom line is that this deal will hurt the Red Sox.  They gave up too much talent and recieved little in return.  They not only gave up Manny, but their best major-league ready prospects in pitcher Craig Hansen and OF Brandon Moss. 

Don’t get me wrong, Jason Bay is a great player, but he is no Manny Ramirez.  Maybe Bay will have a fire lit under him, because all anyone has said (including myself) is that he isn’t going to be good enough.  Only time will tell.

As I said, this deal will hurt the Red Sox, but it will not kill them.  Everyone else on the team knows how to win.  Youkilis should hit cleanup because he would provide great protection for Ortiz.  Ortiz is still a good hitter and he won’t be hurt by the loss of Manny as much as everyone thinks.

Man of the day:

Theo EpsteinThanks to Theo, the Red Sox have lost their best hitter.  Theo not only gave in to Manny, but he got almost nothing for the amount of talent that he gave up.  This move may eventually cost him his job, but as I said earlier, only time will tell.  On behalf of gratefull Yankee Fans everywhere, Thanks Theo.

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