Tuesday, October 10, 2006
New York Conspiracy Theory
I made sure to watch the highlights on SportsCenter that night, but there only seemed to be one thing that was being reported- the firing of Yankee Manager Joe Torre, a story which broke immediately following the Met victory on Saturday night. Now we find out that Torre may not actually be out as the Yankee manager after all (as the Daily News originally reported on Saturday night). So was this entire rumor a big smoke screen?
Could it be that this story was intentionally fabricated with the intention of diverting the spotlight away from the Mets? This is the first time in nearly 20 years that the Mets have been playing baseball while the Yanks are sitting at home- likely learning new quiche recipes. Not only that, but the Mets are doing it with a young, exciting team which cost nearly half the money to build.
Be on the look-out for some big time A-Rod trade rumors or tabloid pictures of Giambi doing porn if the Mets take the NLCS.
The Yankees losing was related to the Torre situation, however, that was not the focus. The Torre situation took the focus off of baseball results from both NY teams- plan executed.
I hate to praise Boston, but they fired Grady Little for not taking out Pedro Martinez in Game 7 of the '03 ALCS. What happened the next year?, they got a new manager, a renewed determination, and they won the World Series.
I could care less about any offseason acquisitions. They are all meaningless because the Yankees don't stand a chance of winning the World Series in 2007 with Torre at the helm. If anybody wants to put money on that, BRING IT ON.
I hope Yankees fans are beginning to realize that it's not how great your player stats are, it's how bad you want to win when it really matters.
On the flipside, the Yankees mid-season accomplishment of running away with the division with only half of a team on the field was quite impressive.