Get Ready ‘Yankees Nation’ …

May 30, 2007 |

I’m in the midst of plotting out my trip to Dover …. later this afternoon. Thus, I’m reviewing my notes and developing a game plan, in the event I’m afforded thirty precious seconds of questioning with Jeff Gordon. As I’ve examined the standings, I’ve grown more impressed with Gordon’s dominance this season. But, it’s only May ….

Alas, this is the same warning I’ll suggest for all “Yankees Haters” and “Yankees Lovers”. It’s only May …. don’t cover them with dirt, just yet. After last night’s loss to the Blue Jays, the Bronx Bombers stand 8 ½ games out in the wild card race. The pitching staff has been a mess the entire season …. but, the “Rocket” is about to provide some desperately needed support.

The “Boss” has finally broken his silence and informed the entire sporting world that Brian Cashman is on a very “big hook”. How’s that for a vote of confidence? Look, we’ve all seen this act many times before …. the Yankees struggle early, but play dominant baseball over the summer months. It’s coming, again, just watch.

I chatted up this very subject with a buddy, yesterday. He wondered whether the Yankees and Cashman would be “sellers” on July 31st, if this skid continues. My initial thought was if this “skid” continues …. Brian Cashman won’t be the guy deciding anything. Besides, George Steinbrenner has never been a guy to throw in the towel …. ever.

My gut tells me the Yanks are about to go on a tear. I think it benefits them, at this point, to be out of contention in the AL East. Under the current circumstances, they can downplay the rivalry with the Red Sox and concentrate on the wild card berth. Their team is too talented to play at such a sub-standard level …. you’ll see.

So, save this blog …. the hated Yankees are about to cultivate the same “magic” they’ve generated in season’s past. A good June, followed by a great July and August will put them in the thick of things when September gets here. And, I’m not betting against a “Derek Jeter led” team in September.

He acts like he’s been there …. then, again, he has.

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