Thursday, April 16, 2009
The Real "Curse of the Bambino"? Horrible Opening Day
In the 7th inning, the 1st official game at the new "Yankee Stadium" was still Yankees 1, Cleveland Indians 1. If you'd told me before the game that would be the case, knowing what I know about our hitting and Mariano Rivera, I would have gladly taken that.
As ESPN's Lee Corso would say, "Not so fast, my friend!" First, CC Sabathia, pitching against the team that gave him his start, throws 122 pitches and doesn't even get out of the 6th, and the bullpen lets us fall behind 1-0. Then Jorge Posada hits the 1st home run in the new place, and it's 1-1. But in the 7th, it all blew up on our faces. Final score: Yanks 10, Tribe 2.
This was even worse than the Mets' opener at Pity Field. U-G-L-Y, you ain't got no alibi, you ugly. (Cheerleaders' chant from the film Wildcats.)
This better not be what I think it is: The real "Curse of the Bambino," Babe Ruth being mad that King George moved the Yankees out of his house and using his "baseball god" powers on the current Pinstriped crew.
It took the Boston Celtics 13 years out of the Boston Garden to win a World Championship -- in fact, until 2008 they'd never even gotten to the Conference Finals. The Montreal Canadiens moved out of the Montreal Forum at the same time, and I think they've won exactly one Playoff series since, still stuck on 24 Stanley Cups. (Yeah, there's 29 other teams that would love to be "stuck" like that.) Are the Yankees headed for the same? They'd better not be.
But I hope George was in the house, so he could see just how little the new Stadium he wanted so much helped the team.
At least -- no, at most -- Jorge hit the 1st home run in the new Stadium. He deserves it.
But I am furious at this result. It is completely unacceptable, and I don't care what kind of talent the Indians have. Yes, they're better than last year and their start this year would indicate, but we cannot allow things like this to happen.
The Yanks fall to 5-5, and the only saving grace for this season thus far is that the Red Sox are even worse.
And -- I can't believe I'm typing either half of this statement -- thank you, Commissioner Bud Selig, for suspending that twat Josh Beckett 6 games for his punk-ass behavior the other day. True, it's 6 games, not 6 appearances, meaning he'll likely miss only 1 start. But it's, well, a start. It means that the Red Sox will no longer be able to get away with such nonsense. Thank you, Bud, for teaching that cunt a lesson.
(UPDATE: That turned out to be wishful thinking, as Selig continued to let the Sox get away with that stuff until his 2014 retirement.)
"Twat"? "Cunt"? I've been reading too many British soccer blogs.
Nice job by the Devils in last night's Playoff opener against Carolina. I'll have more to say about them as the Playoffs move on.