Monday, May 14, 2007

AL East Race Ain't Over Till It's Over [Addison Quale]

Earlier today Skip Bayless of ESPN made the incredibly presumptous call that the Yankees were done in terms of winning the AL East. As you all know the Sox have gotten off to a red hot start this year to the tune of a 25-11 record. They've done this with exceptional starting pitching along with a solid offense. The Yanks of course have limped to a 17-19 start using everything from greenhorned AAA rookies to small woodland creatures as their starting pitchers.

But woe to he who writes off the Yanks! Has history taught us nothing? Do we lose faith so easily? How do we forget the original Boston Massacre (not the actual historical original, of course) when in 1978, the Yankees after having been down as many as 12 games to the Sox in July, swept a 4 game set with the Sox in Boston en route to tying them for the AL East led, and eventually overtaking them in a one-game playoff? And what about the 1995 California Angels? (Yes, that's what they were called then) They also led the division by about 12 games in early August only to see it recede away to the Seattle Mariners.

To write off the Yankees is, quite simply, stupid--especially when taking their pride and ample resources into consideration. History has taught us that stranger things have happened. And especially when it comes to the Sox and Yanks, stranger things usually DO happen. So my outlook on this is the following: "Don't count your chickens." I wouldn't write off the Yanks till they're 15 back in August. Then we can talk.

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