An open letter to the New York Yankees — It’s over, guys. O-V-E-R…

September 06, 2012 | Drew Forrester

To: Joe Girardi and the New York Yankees

I’m sure when you all looked at the 2012 schedule back in March, you probably assumed the post-Labor Day series in Baltimore would be a 4-game walk-in-the-park.

Turns out you were right.

It WILL be a walk-in-the-park.

For the Orioles.

Let me officially welcome you guys from New York to the beginning of the end.  I imagine you started to feel it – for real – last weekend in Yankee Stadium when the Birds buzzed in and slapped you around on Friday and Sunday, serving notice that this September might be different than the others of the last 14 seasons prior to this one.

In fact, let me take a second to remind you that Yankee Stadium actually transformed to “Camden Yards in The Bronx” this year, as the Orioles won all three series’ played in “your” place.  How’s that humble pie taste, Joe?

If you haven’t been paying attention — and honestly, when I watch the Yankees this season, I wonder if you are — the Orioles are threatening to claim the top spot in the American League East.  And with Tampa Bay putting their foot up your ass in Florida earlier this week, the Yankees are in the not-so-delightful position of actually having to fight for the right to make the post-season.

For once, the Yankees are just like any other team, fighting and scratching for wins down the stretch.  You’ve lost more than you’ve won since the All-Star break.  Not all bad for a team of scrubs.  But not good for a team like the Yankees who are supposed to win 55% of their games just by showing up at the stadium on time.

And now, on September 6, the time has come to separate the men from the boys.  Let’s see how the Yankees react to this moment-of-truth over the next four days in Baltimore.  Do you have the stones to man-up and win 3 out of 4 to put a halt to this freight train in orange?  Or will you buckle under the pressure of that 10-game A.L. East lead you squandered in less than 50 days?

Here’s my guess:  The Yankees are going to leave town late Sunday evening embarrassed and battered.

Based on the pitchers you’re scheduled to send to the mound, I’d say you guys will be very fortunate to win 2 of the 4 games and more likely a safe bet to win only one.  And it sure wouldn’t surprise me if you go 0-for-4 in Charm City this weekend.

This weekend, by the way, is simply the finishing touch on a season gone haywire here in Baltimore, where the Orioles have done the unthinkable and gone from worst to maybe-first.  That we’ll be jetting above the Yankees in the process is just icing on the cake.  I’m not naive enough to think this is the beginning of some sort of decade long trend where the Orioles win division titles “on the trot” (as they say in England) while the Yankees wallow in 3rd or 4th place.  That gives me even more energy to laugh at what’s happened this year.  It’s come completely out of nowhere.  We might not experience something like this for another decade.  So while we have it, here, at our fingertips, we’re going to revel in it.  You don’t mind, do you?

How that all relates to the upcoming post-season, I have no idea.  But I know this…when the dust settles in a few weeks the Orioles will be ahead of the Yankees in the standings.

Make book on that.

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16 Comments For This Post

  1. Calvin @ JHH Says:

    Wow, Drew. Great Blog!

  2. bill Says:

    No one cares what you think about the Orioles, Drew. Go get yourself a diet soda and head to the driving range to work on your awful golf game. You’re the worst sports guy in Baltimore. Actually, you’re the worst in the country. (DF: Well, at least you didn’t say I was the worst sports guy in the WORLD…I think that would have really hurt my feelings.)

  3. Will Says:

    Haha Bill says the same thing everyday…smh. Solid read Drew!

  4. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    Bill, get some new material you are getting old real fast, same crap every day. Nice blog, Drew.

  5. BelAirSteve Says:

    Yeah, next thing you know, Bill will start asking to bring back Youpon!

  6. waspman Says:

    This might have been a more enjoyable read if the O’s hadn’t lost to down-and-out Toronto while the RIP Yanquis were beating the recent perennial contenders from Tampa (which, oh by the way) are, ummm, contending. And, oh by the way, yesterday made us one game under the team supposely six feet under.

    While 82 wins is no longer the goal despite it exceeding my 72-win prediction, and it would surely be nice to see a $200-250B payroll playing golf in October like losers do, the timing of this blog entry doesn’t exactly represent Baltimore with any class — kind of like Kegasus at the Preakness.

    Meanwhile in New York, there was an eventful day at a sporting event called the US Open. There was not one link to anything about any of those stories on Crabs and Beer. (DF: Who cares what you think…you are a Yankees fan I’m guessing. LOL about “classy”…those New Yorkers are a classy bunch. Enjoy the collapse Doc.)

  7. John Says:

    Great write up Drew! I’m ready for tonight!

  8. NC Orioles Fan Says:

    Anyone want to say “Why Not” the 2012 version.

    Go Birds!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. NC Orioles Fan Says:

    Drew, I really hope you don’t have to eat your own column after this weekend. Great to Yankees bash but words like this will only draw the fire from Yankees. Their reply might burn down Camden Yards. (DF: Oh, right…the Yankees are suddenly going to start trying harder because of me. Give me a break, bro…)

  10. tsnamm Says:

    Well Drew it looks like Adam Jones bailed out Pedro Strop, who seems to be morphing into Armando Benitez before our eyes…Buck should have pulled him after he couldn’t find the strike zone with a GPS unit, and walked in a run.When you see performances like this happen in games that are for all the marbles, you realize how young this team is and how valuable experience is. Luckily Girardi keeps on sticking with Robertson too…

  11. Art Lawrence Says:

    maybe this is a good time to post the videos from the Free the Birds vigil you hosted on opending day in April. Their sucess has to be directly linked to that event. (DF: That’s a great idea! Let me go to the archives and dig it out. It’s probably right near the video of my trying to get the Orioles to put “BALTIMORE” back on the road jerseys for three years before they finally caved in and did it.)

  12. NC Orioles Fan Says:

    Drew, see I told ya you might want to be cautious with your words had not Pedro Strop almost blown the game. Them Yanks do have ways to come back.

    Laat night’s was the most exciting game to eatch since the last game of last season when the Bords knocked the Redsox out of the playoffs, the Rays beat the Yanks after staging a 7-runs comeback then the Cardinals beat the Braves, all in span of 44 minutes thanks to live television.

    So after the Orioles staged their own comeback, I pulled a Natty Boh (OPCY anniversary can) and cheered the Birds win. BTW, Natty Boh is made here in North Carolina. In Eden by Pabst Brewery Co near the VA line.

    One down, three to go. GO BIRDS!!!!!!!!!!

    (DF: Yeah, you told me I should be cautious with my words. Guess what? I didn’t listen. Thanks…)

  13. tsnamm Says:

    Chen pitching batting practice tonight…gonna need to put a stake thru the Yankee’s heart first…which means NO sloppy pitching…BTW amazing how Yankee fans always get mixed up in interference of HR’s. (DF: Yeah, I was thinking the same thing, but that wasn’t interference. The ball missed McLouth’s glove and hit the back of the wall. Too bad it didn’t bounce up and hit the Yankees fan in the head.)

  14. tsnamm Says:

    Strop is obviously completely intimidated by the Yankees…he nibbles, and goes to 3-2 constantly…if we make it to the playoffs and see them again Strop will either need to get his sh** together or Buck can’t use him in any meaningful games…Strop cost us a game in NY, nearly cost us the 1st game here, and has now put us in the hole again…its a huge difference when you pitch in meaningless games as a last place team, and when you pitch in important games in Sep. or Oct…Pedro doesn’t have it.

  15. NYY Says:

    guess we’ll look for the retraction in the back of the nst newsletter. click, click, click.

  16. Nick Says:

    Guess the house that was supposed to crush the Wicked Witch of the East wasn’t heavy enough…

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