Wednesday, May 10, 2006

It's The End Of The World As We Know It



The Yankees and Boston are in the middle of their first series at the stadium. It's really amazing to me to listen to the sports commentary that accompanies these games. I have never heard so many definitive statements made based on less evidence than when these two teams get together. Yesterday, the Red Sox hammered the Yanks and the headlines were screaming about Randy being done and Arod not being able to hit against the Sox and the Yankees not having enough pitching to compete over the season. Of course the Yankees won tonight and they hammered Curt Schilling and Arod hit a mammoth home run, so I'm sure the headlines in Boston tomorrow will question whether Schilling is really back to form and whether the Red Sox can compete if their supposed ace doesn't pitch up to the expected level.

The Yankees and Red Sox will play each other 19 times this year. They still have 16 more games to go against each other and 120 against the rest of league. These games are always intense and there is a playoff type atmosphere, but the truth is that it's not October, it's actually May. There are no season long conclusions to be drawn from one series in May.

It's fun to speculate with baseball fans about what will happen for the remainder of the season and I'm as guilty of that as anyone else. The difference is that I don't jump off a building whenever the Yankees have a bad game. Everything should be kept in perspective. I guess perspective doesn't sell papers or make the phone ring on sports radio, but it's a long season. And by the way, the Yankees and Red Sox are tied for first place. I don't think either has a reason to panic. The Yankees were 11-18 at this point last year and they were battling the Devil Rays for last place in the division. There was definitely panic in the air, but there was real reason for concern.

Everyone should just keep in mind that we have a long way to go and it's going to be fun. Just keep your hands and feet inside the car, sit back and enjoy the ride.

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