Monday, December 12, 2016

The Yankees have nothing like Odell Beckham Jr.

One thing I've learned over the millennia: Juju only works for the Jersey Giants when things are so rotten that you've started rooting for the asteroid. Only after you've started sipping the Draino can good things happen, and then they might win five straight and take a Super Bowl. Go figure.

Trouble is, your acute depression cannot be faked. You must be catatonic, suicidal, ready to put your forehead through the TV. Last night, that's where I stood in the third quarter, before the Giants got the ball to Odell Beckham Jr. - for whom there is no equivalent on the Yankees, or maybe in all of baseball.

The putrid Giants offense could not rush for a first down against Trump's hair. Last night, I was screaming for Ben McAdoo's firing and flipping the TV whenever NBC showed that ultimate small-handed WASP, owner John Mara, as Al Michael's voice assumed a reverential tone worthy of Jesus. I was like an alchy, vowing to quit the Giants forever - to even root against the team and revel in its downfall. Then Beckham caught the ball and raced 60 yards to score.

Today, it reminds me of a catch by Victor Cruz in 2011, the last time the Giants snatched anything more meaningful than a stripper's pastie. It was Christmas Eve, Alphonso was visiting, and we watched in a bar, away from impressionable kids. The Giants were down 7-3 against the Jets, with Eli Manning throwing from his end zone. Cruz caught the ball, dodged a tackler and - whoosh - 99 yards. He was high, he was far, he was gone. Alphonso started screaming and refused to stop - nearly got us booted from the bar. I am choosing my words carefully now, aware of just how pathetic this makes me sound: It was the most joyous moment of that entire Christmas.

Listen: On an existential level, I hate the Giants and the NFL - two utterly soul-less entities that trivialize patriotism, dehumanize women, print dirty money, steal from taxpayers, and grind their players into dust. That said, I've blindly rooted for the Giants since the days of Y.A., Gif, Sam, and Ro-Lo-Mo-Ko. In all that time, Giants juju never worked. I watched without the psychological crutch of magical thinking. It leaves me terrified... but goddammit, there is no sports equivalent to Odell Beckham Jr. All you can do is be amazed.

The 2017 Yankees will be a team in search of a superstar, the guy who can - woosh - win a game from our own one-yard-line. It won't be Matt Holliday, who is simply too old. It cannot be Aroldis Chapman, who will only appear with a lead. As nice a player as Didi Gregorius is, he's no reality-altering star. Somebody must emerge - Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Jorge Mateos, Gleyber Torres - somebody. It might be none of the above. But somebody has to explode. And none of them will be Odell Beckham Jr.

I don't see the Giants winning anything this season. The reason is simple: Winning last night's game pulled me off of Suicide Watch. I'm no longer drinking the turpentine. Thus, the Giants cannot win. The rules of juju metaphysics this winter are strikingly simple: Nothing bends 'em like Beckham.

8 comments:

John M said...

Beckham is like a Rocky Thompson who can actually catch the ball most of the time. Fun to watch. The defense last night was incredible. That particular Giants tradition seems to be back, finally.

John M said...

Jerry Crasnick ‏@jcrasnick 17m17 minutes ago

Ruben Tejada has agreed to minor league deal with #Yankees, agent Peter Greenberg confirms. Invitation to big league spring training camp.


Defensive replacement? Utilityman who can't hit? Wtf?

Anonymous said...

ODELL IS THE GREATEST RUNNER AFTER THE CATCH I HAVE EVER SEEN.....MAYBE THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN...... NOW I CAN'T GET THE STEAK SANDWICH AT THE STADIUM NEXT SEASON BECAUSE OF THE LOSS.......... LET ME SWITCH GEARS.......... BRIAN CASHMAN IS A TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE GM!!..... PROOF?.....HE JUST SIGNED RUBEN TEJADA!!!..... RUBEN TEJADA!.....RUBEN F@CKING TEJADA!!! ...... LIKE I HAVE MENTIONED BEFORE, TO EVEN WASTE TIME ON HIM, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, A ROSTER SPOT, ON ANY MINOR OR MAJOR LEAGUE TEAM, IS DETRIMENTAL TO THE ORGANIZATION!....... WE HAVE LITERALLY OVER 15-20 SHORTSTOP, SECOND BASEMAN TYPES IN OUR SYSTEM! (SOME ARE TOUTED AS PHENOMENAL)!.....DOESN'T HE UNDERSTAND HE WILL PROBABLY HINDER SOME OF THEM BECAUSE RUBEN TEJADA IS PLAYING IN THEIR PLACE????? ...UNBELIEVABLE.

Anonymous said...

Why did I just KNOW that Cash-Puss would sign Tejada?? He sure ain't like the OTHER Tejada (Miguel), that's a fact.Cash-Puss is simply incompetent - - and cheap - - always resorting to dumpster-diving.
Glad you guys are happy with your NFL team - - I'm sure happy with mine, right now: when he's on, NO-body can throw more accurately than Aaron Rodgers. LB

Alphonso said...

Dear El Duque,

Thanks for the Xmas Eve trip down memory lane.

I agree that the Giants seem headed nowhere. But I now know, for sure, that what I think means nothing.

I would have bet the Giants lose last night by 30 points.

I am going to drink and re-watch the game about 10 times.

Anonymous said...

anonymous YOU ARE CORRECT ABOUT AARON RODGERS.....HE IS A 1 MAN ARMY IN GREEN BAY....HE IS PRACTICALLY THE WHOLE TEAM....... THE GUY IS PHENOMENAL....... AND BACK TO EL DUQUE: MAYBE GARY SANCHEZ CAN BE ODELL???

Anonymous said...

The San-Chize would certainly be my current hopeful, all-caps. LB

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