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Look… the Yankees can win the 2012 World Series. But so can the Athletics, Orioles, Nationals, Pirates, and pretty much the rest of the league. No one club has separated itself from the pack as the team to beat coming down the stretch. At times, the Yankees, amongst others, have demonstrated their dominance, but with little to no consistency. There’s nearly a dozen teams right now that come October, I wouldn’t be surprised to see celebrating a championship in the center of the diamond, as Joe Buck delivers whatever monotone line he’s been rehearsing naked in front of a mirror with his penis tucked between his legs since March. If the Yankees want to be the team featured in that Sports Illustrated commercial airing 5 minutes after the final out, it starts tonight against Texas.
The next couple weeks of Yankee baseball feature showdowns with two legitimate playoff contenders and one group of alcoholics occasionally landing punches as they helplessly flail their limbs. 7 at home against the Rangers and Red Sox, and then 3 on the road against the White Sox before a bit of a reprieve with the Indians and Blue Jays. Obviously the Yankees will look like a much different team in the playoffs with a healthy CC, Pettitte, and A Rod, but if they want to send a statement to the league that they are more than just a regular season powerhouse poised for another one-and-done in October, it happens over the next 10 games. The difference between a champion and a first-round exit is the ability to overcome internal struggles and win with what you have. The difference is conviction. And I’m talking about the whole franchise. Going out there and putting 100% into every decision, every swing, every Goddamn pitch. If Russel Martin calls for the 2-seamer, then you deliver it like God’s plan for you on this earth was that one pitch, Hiroki. If you’re guessing 3-1 fastball, Mark, put that ball on another planet. Ichiro! Find your fucking swing and let’s go already! Joe, stop pussyfooting around with your nicknaming- if you wanna add a “y” to everyone’s name, do it! Don’t hold back on those tricky ones without the obvious “y” placement like CC Sabathia. You got this! Cashman, everybody knows it… just admit that you hate Hank and Hal! Meredith, you’ve been eye-fucking Jeter all season- make a move, baby! Ken Singleton, buy the box set of Arrested Development and commit to being white already! Suzyn, turn to John during the next 10 second station identification and profess this love you’ve harbored since ’98! Just do it with a little something called conviction… Start the season with 3 straight losses, drop 4 in a row to the A’s in July, go on a terrible 12 of 18 skid as recently as last week. I don’t care. But if Girardi is gonna over-manage next year’s team with number 29 on his back, it starts today.
@StoolPizzaBoy if you’re at the game tonight like I am.