Friday, July 26, 2019

Howl

I saw the best seasons of my generation destroyed by indifference, uncaring stupid selfish
heirs who have done nothing looking to convert the last angry rat turd into yet another dollar,
lickspittle office politicians burning for their Cooperstown fix who cannot tell a pitcher from a toxic poisoned glass of water,
and hire clueless, idiot managers content to sit on Fenway benches and dribble away the last innings of a once proud pitcher...

—Hoss Ginsberg

Sigh.

I could go on.  But I won't.  Save to say that this looks like it will be another of those years.

2004, 2005, 2006, 2007...oh, how they flew by!...2010, 2011, 2012...2017, 2018...

One after another in which the Yanks had a real contender, but didn't even make the World Series because of the same damned thing in the end:  they were short a pitcher.

Sometimes a reliever.  Usually a starter.  Or two, or three.

Even the 2009 team was scraping through by the skin of a blistered forefinger at the end.  Down to three starters because they wouldn't take a flyer on Pedro.  They were lucky enough to get one good year out of Burnett, and Pettitte was able to pitch on short rest in the Series, or they would have lost that one, too.

The pitchers they could've had over the last few years?

Scherzer
Verlander
Sale
Cole
Corbin
Keuchel

Didn't need all six.  Two or three, or maybe even one would've done.

So, instead of a nice romp to the flag, we are going to get yet another Eliza-chased-across-the-ice stretch run.  Chased by wolves.  Wolves with shotguns.  Wolves with shotguns and wings.

Maybe they'll hold on to first and maybe they won't, but in any case it's not a team that will get past the ALDS.  Again.

I would howl.  But I'd rather have a drink.  HAL and Coops and Ma ain't worth a good howl.







6 comments:

Anonymous said...

HOW GOOD WOULD IT BE TO HAVE KEUCHEL RIGHT NOW?

WHAT A DISASTER.

COOP'S BRILLIANT PICKUP PITCHES TOMORROW.

YOU KNOW, THE GUY WHO HAS HAD ALMOST ZERO IMPACT ON IMPROVING OUR STAFF.

FUCK THIS NOISE.

JM said...

Buried in the notes after the ESPN write-up of last night's debacle was the quiet news that Deivi Garcia has 125 strikeouts in 75 or so innings for Scranton. 20 years old and bidding for a call up. He's going again tonight. You could say they'd be rushing him if he was brought up, but if the kid isn't finding any competition in AAA bats, what else can you do? It's not like they don't need him desperately. We might be seeing him very, very soon if he continues his dominance tonight. Especially if the starters don't get some semblance of an act together in Beantown.

Four more games in three days late next week, in the Bronx. So over the next six, seven days, we have 7 opportunities to put last night in the past and lock up the division. Even with last night, the Socks are 10 back. Massive run scoring still only counts as one in the win column. Garcia, German, and Severino might not be a bad threesome to have in the rotation come late August.

I really feel bad for Tanaka. He's a proud and hard-working guy, with flashes of real brilliance this year. This must have embarrassed and infuriated him to no end.

Local Bargain Jerk said...

HC66:

That's a reasoned, restrained, and gentlemanly rant.

So, our choices are to "Howl" or "Drink" and you're advocating the "Drink" approach? I'm with you 100%.

It's pleasantly warm out. As soon as the sun creeps over the yard arm, it'll be time to make the sangria, cook a few burgers, pair it all with a nice summer salad, set up the tray tables, and watch what happens tonight.

Bastids. We won't let 'em get us.

HoraceClarke66 said...

Thanks, LBJ—though unfortunately, I have to do my drinking with gently patronizing Red Sox fans in Connecticut.

Oh, well. Into every life some rain must fall.

ranger_lp said...

@JM...Garcia might be the reason for no SP trade. Unless you trade Garcia and someone else to the Reds for Castillo

Local Bargain Jerk said...


...gently patronizing Red Sox fans...

There's nothing more insufferable.

I hope for your sake we stick to them tonight but good so your friends won't feel the need to comment on anything except to to note that it's "a common fact" that the umps always screw the Boston teams, etc.

Stay anesthetized.