So here I am watching Game 1 of the Yankees and Twins series and I have to admit it feels a tad strange to beat openly rooting for the Yankees like this…but I am.
I wrote – and said – about a month or so ago that I was going to pull for the Yankees to win the World Series this year because I’m hoping it keeps the Orioles honest in the off-season as they attempt to “improve” their team for 2010.
Last year at this time, with the Rays in the post-season and heading to their first World Series after nearly a decade and a half of wretched futility, all of the Apologists in town crooned together at the same time: ”You see, this is the way you do it. This Tampa Bay team is for real. They’re going to be a force in the A.L. East for a long, long time.”
Make that: They’re going to be a force in the A.L. East for one year. 2008.
I’m by no means a fan of the Yankees at any other point in the calendar year, but I’m hoping they win in this post-season just to remind the Birds that quality players – high-level, championship caliber players – actually cost money. The Yankees – and the Red Sox – run their clubs the right way. They generate an enormous amount of revenue and in turn, devote a large portion of it to their respective player payrolls.
Here’s a shocker: Both the Yankees and Red Sox win a lot.
I hope Boston beats the Angels too.
But that series doesn’t start until Thursday.
Tonight, I’m rootin’ for Jeeetah, NickySwish, TexMessage, Alex The Great and Sabby.
Go get ‘em boys.