Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Game 59: How Many More Times

Count me amongst those that think both the local and national media, as well as the fans of both teams, place a little too much emphasis on Yankee-Red Sox games. Of course, that's a convenient thing to say right now when my team is winless against the Sox during the Obama Administration. Even I'll admit that at this point, it's getting very frustrating to lose to them game after game.

Despite all that, the teams are still tied for first in the AL East, but what hurts is that if the Yankees had managed a split through these first six games, they would currently hold a nice six game lead in the division.

Tonight we have Wang vs. Wakefield. Neither pitcher has good career numbers against tonight's opponent. In 14 games (13 GS) Wang is 6-5 against the Sox with a 4.91 ERA and a WHIP of 1.55. He's allowed more BB than K and the Sox have hit .281/.357/.417 off him. Meanwhile, in 49 G (32 GS) Wakefield is 10-17 with a 5.03 ERA and a WHIP of 1.42. Neither pitcher has faced tonight's opponent yet in 2009.

Tonight's theme is "how many more times?" How many more times will these teams have to play this year before the Yankees notch a "W"? How many more times will the Sox treat the Yankees the way they want to? How many more times will CMW take to the hill before he returns to his pre-foot injury form? How many more times will the Yankees play before we see Phil Hughes log some needed innings? I sure hope the answers are zero, zero, zero, and not that many. But if we see Hughes early tonight, things don't look too good for the first three questions.

As an aside, I would have much preferred to go with go with original Howlin' Wolf song "How Many More Years". However, in the interests of framing both the Yankees problems against the Sox and CMW's problems on the mound as being more temporal, I thought it much better to go with "times" than "years". So in this one instance, I'm happy the boys from Led Zeppelin decided to rip off the blues heroes they supposedly admired.

How many more times, treat me the way you want to do
How many more times, treat me the way you want to do
When I give you all my love, please, please be true


  1. Another upsetting game.

  2. Hopefully C.C. won't spot them 4 runs to start the game...fine Boston won, great whatever...we're only a game behined them...we win we are tied...why is everyone making such a big deal about nothing??

  3. Can you please stop with the songs? These songs have nothing to do with baseball and you are just copying Deadspin. It doesn't do anyone any good. Blogs don't need a fucking soundtrack. Let the posts speak for themselves, don't try to shoehorn in some random song imagining that the band is singing about the Yankees. It's fucking retarded and you should get your head checked. (Quick! Link to a youtube video of something from the Beastie Boys 3rd major release! It will show how smart you are and how you know sooooo much about music!)

  4. First and foremost, we are not copying Deadspin. Deadspin linked the post below back when the Giants lost to the Eagles in the playoffs in January, which had a Bob Seger video embedded in it.

    Now look at the Wake Up Deadspin! image from that morning.

    Oh wow, it doesn't have a song, does it? Maybe Deadspin is coping us!!11!1!!

    AJ dropping a song in the morning posts is a relatively new convention there and we have actually been doing it longer. So how do you like those fucking apples, Anon?

    If you don't like the convention of working a song into a game post there are roughly 8,000 other Yankee blogs you can go to... no one is making you read the posts, much less listen to the songs. It's our unique niche and if you don't like it, I couldn't possibly care less.

    And no one is "imagining that the band is singing about the Yankees" you dummy. I know you'd you probably like to pretend that Elton John is signing Tiny Dancer only to YOU, but that's not something rational people usually do. Song lyrics can apply to lots of things and it's one way of framing the situation at hand.

    Anything I left out? Oh yes, kindly go fuck yourself and never come back.