Sunday, August 12, 2012
Posted by el duque at 8:24 AM
We signed Lowe because CC Sabathia tweaked his hammy elbow, and we have nobody in the farm aside from Adam Warren - who nearly threw a no-hitter for Scranton last week, but who failed in an audition two months ago and who will never receive another shot as long as the rivers flow and the subways smell like urine.
We won the 2009 World Series because Johnny Damon - one of our former Redsock torturers - stole two bases on one pitch. This was an especially delicious moment because Boston chased Damon out of town, figuring to save money with Jacoby Ellsbury, whom they will chase out of town next winter, figuiring to save money with Dopey Dildox, or whomever is next on their Future Hall of Famers list.
But the Yankees didn't receive such luck with Mike Meyers, Alan Embree, Doug Mientkiewicz and Mark Bellhorn. (To my knowledge, the Redsocks never signed one of the Yankees from that loser team.)
So, jujuwise, what do we make of this move?
For starters, this looks like D-Lowe's last stop. As the song implies, if he can't make it here, he can't make it anywhere. Lowe has been getting hammered, and for some reason, the Yankee brass has always clung to the belief that when an enemy dons pinstripes, he loses five years off his birth certificate. Somebody could do a statistical analysis on this, but why bother? By the time they've crunched the numbers, Lowe will probably be gone.
I think this signing goes much deeper into the rivalry. We play the Redsock next week. Having D-Lowe pitch against them represents one more torture button to press in this magical Boston season. (Yesterday, the guy they traded Youkilis for, and whom they subsequently waived, beat them with a career day; if that's not juju, I don't know what is.) Everything they do is backfiring. Right now, if they traded for Wilt Chamberlain, he would turn out to be two dwarfs standing piggyback.
So, I believe we are rolling the dice on the fact that Lowe will pitch against Boston, whose fans recognize a lost year when they see one. Last time we played Boston, they took 2 out of 3 and briefly resurrected the notion that they'd turned around the season. That didn't last.
So now, we have the chance to completely slam the door on their toe. Or to let them back in. And Derek Lowe is a Yankee for one reason and one reason along:
He tortured us once.
Now it's time to settle an old score. Just one game, that's all we need. One game against You-Know-Who.