FIFTY THOUSAND MOONS
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Posted by el duque at 7:05 AM
If you’re scoring at home, the Yankees will be featured two more times than the San Francisco Giants. The reigning World Champion San Francisco Giants. Did Fox Sports get hat memo? Two Giants rings in recent years? Buster Poindexter, Buster Posey, something like that. Class? Oh, well… never mind.
Wait. That’s also two more national Yankee games than the abundantly ripped Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will experience. Did Fox read the news? The Angels 2013 batting order reads: Trout, Hamilton, Pujols... Hello, Ruth and Gehrig. Fox apparently prefers, gulp, Travis Hafner.
Also, the Yankees will appear an infinite number of more games than the current AL East favorites, the Toronto Blue Melkys. So what's the rub, Bud? Why so many Yankee games?
Sometimes, in moments of supreme darkness, I wish the Yankees just collapsed for five years into a Carnival cruise lines/San Diego Padres/Donald Rumsfeld squalor. Give Bud, the pride of Milwaukee, exactly what he wants: A dead Yankee franchise. Fox can broadcast the intense rivalry between the Kansas City Royals and the Houston Astros, and MLB can absolutely dominate the Missouri/Central Texas market, while the rest of America watches soccer and French leper beach volleyball.
Listen: It could happen. The Yankees are ending the Mariano/Jeter era, and all the low-level prospects in captivity might not amount to one half a Francisco Cervelli. Look at all those young hitters Seattle and Cleveland obtained in trades for Cliff Lee. In fact, essay question of the day: Did any prospect ever traded for Cliff Lee amount to anything?
Of course, baseball wants it both ways. They want the Yankees to lose, while drawing the big fan base. Everybody loves or hates the Yankees. On a slow Monday night, break out the villains. In fact, Fox plans to run five games between the Yankees and Redsocks. Woah. Makes you shiver. Fourth place could be on the line! Fox better hope for bench-clearing brawls. Or maybe some Rod McKuen moments of lucidity from Tim the Dim. Stay tuned.