Monday, May 19, 2008

The New York Yankees and the power of the golden thong

I am an avid baseball fan. The only thing I enjoy as much as the Atlanta Braves winning is when the New York Yankees lose.

I can't explain why, but it has always been that way. When it comes to sports, I've always been anti-establishment. And to me, the Yankees are the establishment.

This year, the Yankees are floundering and currently reside in last place of the American League Eastern Division. Help may be on the way soon as third baseman Alex Rodriguez and catcher Jorge Posada may soon return from the disabled list.

However, gold thongs could also play a role in their possible resurgence. First baseman Jason Giambi owns a gold thong that he only wears when he is in a deep slump, and he says it helps when he wears it. Teammates Johnny Damon and Derek Jeter have also worn it and say it helped them.

A few days ago, the New York media presented the entire team with gold thongs in an attempt to get the team out of a slump. Maybe it will help, maybe it won't.

They may start hitting better, but they aren't going to win the division. Their young pitching isn't panning out, and they look old and brittle at other positions.

It's going to be the Red Sox year. Bye, bye Yankees...bye, bye.

I'm counting the minutes to the next Hank Steinbrenner explosion.


Anonymous said...

Sheesh...wouldn't lightning bolt patches on uniform sleeves have been sufficient?

Mister Jimmy said...

I'm not a fan of the modern era Yankees. But there was a time when the roster consisted of players like Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, Billy Martin, Phil Rizzuto, Eddie Robinson, etc., and it's hard for me to think of baseball without those names. (If you ever get a chance to see game highlights of the '56 World Series don't miss it. You'll get to see some of the finest play ever: that catch by Mantle and grand slam by Berra, and Don Larsen's pitching.)
What was missing from the team back then was the name Steinbrenner.

Chris said...

I agree my dislike for the Yankees is primarily because of the Steinbrenner era. I respect the old players (DiMaggio, etc.), but the attitude of the organization since about 1975 is a big turn off.

Joltin' Django said...

As a Red Sox fan (since I was 8-years-old), I hate the Yankees. No, I freakin' hate the Yankees. I will say, however, that I did very much enjoy my one and only trip to Yankee Stadium in '01 -- if only 'cause I kept thinking about how I was looking at the field on which Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Berra, Ford, Mantle, Maris, Jackson, Munson, et al. played.