Monday, October 08, 2007

Yankees Very Much Alive [Addison Quale]

Yogi Berra once said, "It ain't over till it's over." The Yankees know that all too well. They played the entire 2007 regular season with that mindset. They came back and stunned the A's in 2001 after falling behind 0-2 in the ALDS. And you certainly don't need to remind them of 2004. Listening to sports radio these days and reading's playoff coverage, something always seems to strike me as off. Everyone wants to make predictions. Everyone seems to know how things are going to turn out. And then in the off chance that things actually turn out that way, these people clamor to say, "I told you so!" But as Billy Beane once said, the postseason is a crapshoot. And it's true. Anything can happen! And so that's why I was very surprised to hear something intelligent on ESPN radio on saturday: "What really matters in the postseason is momentum." And it's true. The Yankees have stolen the momentum from the Indians in this series. Down 0-2 they are now back in the race with a win last night. And now that the Indians are pitching Paul Byrd tonight, they are already tasting blood. Are the Indians making a huge mistake by not putting in their ace Sabathia? Are they saving him for a crucial game 5 with Carmona also more rested? Perhaps. Either way, it's a gamble. The Yankees are dangerous once again. And it's going to make one heckuva baseball game tonight at 7:37pm.

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