Phillies, H2O DrOWNS the Reds

Phillies Outside

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the mound for the Phillies in what was to be the final game of their 2010 NLDS
series against the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds were countering with Johnny Cueto,
who faced Philadelphia back in June and July, he got the win at home in June,
but had a no decision at CBP in July.

The game started as it finished a game of quality pitching, it
was a duel, the Reds starter and bullpen vs. Cole Hamels. It didn’t seem to
matter what sort of voodoo the commentators tried to inflict on Hamels he was
unwavering in his bid to at least go 9 innings even if it wasn’t a no hitter, it
was to be just a complete game shut out, insert heavy amount of sarcasm
in ‘just’.

The Reds had a hiccup in the first allowing the Phillies to get
the first run on the board, but then it wasn’t till the 5th, when….

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….Chase Utley drove a ball deep for the only other scoring
play in the game. Some think it was that he wanted to silence the boo’s, I am
sure it played a part in his need to hit a homer, I think he just plays the game
to win.

The game stayed this way through the remaining innings, which
gave the commentators opportunity for hope that maybe the Reds would come back.
It was not to be, but they looked for every opportunity to attack the Phillies,
especially in the 9th inning when the Reds bullpen produced….

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….the hard throwing Chapman. The commentators again chose to
place him on a pedestal, which meant he was in much need of oxygen. After being
surprised that Ibanez hit a ball off him, even though it was caught, they
explained that they really wanted to see….

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….Carlos Ruiz face him, as they laugh at his first swing, then
more laughter as he watched a pitch go by, then silence as Chooch slapped a 105
mph fastball down the right field line for a base hit. Then as a way of saving
face they tried to offer explanation as to why Charlie should pull Hamels from
the game, as Cole stood in to face Chapman’s fast ball. The commentators thought
Chapman may hit Cole, ‘WHAT?’ really, but it may have been a ploy to allow them
to interject once more the Utley HBP in game 2. Once again the commentators
should keep opinions to themselves as Cole slapped a 101 mph fast ball into left
center, albeit caught in the outfield.

The bottom of the 9th saw….

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….Hamels close out his own game for his longest postseason
outing and thus proving that H2O was too much for the Reds to handle, so it’s
onto the NLCS for the 3rd straight year… well done Philadelphia Phillies….


Yankees headed to ALCS ….

Phillies Outside

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road to the LCS takes another step today, with at least two teams hanging by a
thread, hanging onto that glimmer of hope that they can turn it around and win
the remaining games of the LDS series they are in.

The Twins lost all hope yesterday, when once again the Yankees
crushed their hopes of getting beyond the first round of the post season. That
is what happens in all sports when you are involved in a knock out style
tournament, the losing team is ousted and the winning team moves on. Lets face
it last year everyone claimed the Yankees high dollar line up gave them the edge
and eventually gave them the ultimate team status in baseball, World Champions
2009. This year after a few tweaks in the off season, they still maintain the
highest salary, but they aren’t clear cut favorites, in fact a month ago they
weren’t even favored to reach the post season. So to all those Twins fans and
fans of clubs that didn’t reach the post season, this year any claims that the
Yankees brought and paid for the wins are unfounded, they won the Twins series
with quality baseball. Well done Yankees for clinching a spot in the ALCS
again
.

No I haven’t turned into a Yankees fan, I still hate the smirk
on Swishers face whenever he seems to be on camera, I still have no intention of
ever giving A-Rod a free pass, but along with those things I also know that
Jeter is a true ball player, that Phil Hughes will be a legit ‘Ace’ one day and
that Granderson always seems like he’s had way to much caffeine. As I said not a
Yankees fan, but a baseball fan, almost every team has players like these, ones
with similar attributes.

The Tampa Bay Rays, shocked the crowd in Texas as they hit their
way to a win in the Rangers home ball park. This was supposed to be a
celebratory home coming for the Rangers, but the Tampa Bay Rays have been one of
the strongest road teams all season long, ending the regular season with the
best record on the road, so it shouldn’t have been a shock to anyone that they
were able to win an all or nothing game on the road.

Today is a crowded day for baseball, with 3 games scheduled, the
Rays v. Rangers at 1 PM ET, Giants v. Braves at 4:30 PM ET and finally the
Phillies v. Reds at 8 PM ET. The Rays need a win to even the series and take it
back to Tampa, the Rangers need a win to clinch and meet the Yankees in the ALCS.
The Giants or Braves need to win just to get the series lead and put the other
team on a must win Monday. The Phillies need to win to clinch their 3rd NLCS
playoff spot, where as the Reds need to win just to stay alive in the post
season.

Moments in time:

October 10th, 1582 If you lived in Italy, Spain, Portugal or
Poland this day did not exist.

In 1971 the biggest souvenir from Great Britain was purchased
by an American Tourist. London Bridge was a tourist attraction, a working bridge
that spanned the river Thames in London, this day in 1971 it was sold, then
dismantled and shipped to Arizona where it was rebuilt and opened in Lake Havasu
City.

GO PHILLIES….


Phillies Win, Reds Lose, TBS Sucks ….

Phillies Outside

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was the ‘O’ from H2O that took the mound on Friday night for the Phillies facing
off against the Reds in game 2 of this NLDS match up. The stage had been set by
Halladay’s amazing no hitter on Wednesday, the anticipation of what could game 2
give us to rival game 1.

Roy Oswalt was not at his best Friday night, far from it in
fact, giving up a homer in the first at bat seemed to set the stage for his
performance, it certainly gave the TBS commentators added reason to praise the
Reds.

It’s bad enough that TBS and Fox don’t give us local
commentators, but when they give you competitors commentators it’s just a slap
in the face to fans. TBS thought it fitting to put Brewers and Braves
commentators in the booth for game 2, and it was clear that they were very
anti-Philadelphia, right from the introductions to the final pitch.

Things seemed to be going the Reds way, thus the commentators
were able to praise them and tell us all the stats that made the Reds the better
team, especially after Utley made a couple of errors, we heard how the Reds and
Padres had the least errors, etc etc.

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came the 7th inning, if these commentators had put Chapman on any higher pedestal
he would have needed oxygen for the altitude. They told us how he went through
an opposing team with 8 pitches in an inning, told us how his fast ball was
un-hittable. Told us his idol as he was growing up was Contreras, whom had just
shut down the Reds 1,2,3 in the top of the 7th.

There is no question this kid has some good stuff, but did the
Reds throw him into the fire too early, did the overwhelming atmosphere at
Citizens Bank Park effect him any, were the Reds fielders expecting no one to
hit a ball. Who knows, but this type of thing could effect a young players
mental attitude going into his next appearance.

It all started with the first hitter he saw, Chase Utley and of
course the commentators who had attacked Utley earlier for his 2 errors, were
quick to attack him again, when his actions indicated….

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 ….he was hit by the 101 mph fast ball that was up and
in, the umpire awarded him first base. It wasn’t enough that they were accusing
Utley of cheating, they then called his action ‘Jeter Like’. Way to go, attack
a guy that isn’t even playing in this game.

It didn’t stop there, Utley got to 2nd on a ground ball by Werth,
the fact that TBS had lousy camera angles for plays that normally are clear to
the camera, or they just didn’t want to show the truth in what happened, but
again they accused Utley of being out.

Still not the end of it, first pitch swinging, Rollins hit a
line drive into right field where the Reds players where sleeping, thus driving
in Utley and Werth, the commentators chose to accuse Utley of not touching the
base has he rounded third, it didn’t matter that the replay clearly showed his
foot hit the bag, they still accused him of being a long way from third.

The bottom line the Phillies scored on some fielding errors, but
more importantly the raving of Chapman didn’t seem to affect the Phillies who
hit him like any other pitcher, Ibanez and Sweeney both hit his fastball, which
forced Baker to remove him from the game.

We now have to wait till Sunday to see how the 3rd phase of H2O
performs.

In San Francisco the Giants allowed  one to get way from
them by giving up 3 runs in the 8th and then the game loser in the 11th, the
Braves take 1-1 series tie back to Turner Field where they were almost
unbeatable during the season.

We have ALDS games today, which could make the ALCS picture
clearer, however for now 3 postseason teams hang on to a life line…

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A moment in time: October 9th, 1919 the Cincinnati
Reds clinched the World Series title surrounding the Chicago White Sox or ‘Black
Sox’ as they were to be known for the part they played in the fixing of the
games. All involved players were banned for life, which also included ‘Shoeless’
Joe Jackson, even though any participation he may or may not have had was and is
under
controversy.

GO PHILLIES….


Rays and Twins on Post Season Life Support ….

Phillies Outside

Thursday was a day off for the Phillies, a day to reflect on the
near perfecto by Halladay, a day for the grounds crew to perfect their grooming
of…

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…Citizens Bank Park in time for game 2 of the NLDS between the
Phillies and Reds on Friday.

Thursday afternoon saw the Tampa Bay Rays, picked apart by a
Texas Rangers pitcher, the Rays went down 6-0 and now must head to Texas down by
2 games, knowing that every game is a life line to the post season, one more
loss and it’s back to booking tee times instead of next round travel
arrangements.

The Minnesota Twins played game 2 of their ALDS series against
the Yankees in their new home. It seems they may be psychologically hampered by
the previous loses in post season to the Yankees, because it doesn’t seem to
matter what they do they can’t get a break. Okay so the umpire made a bad call
on Berkman, but that didn’t lose them this game, it’s their own actions. With
Gardenhire ejected, probably for renaming the home plate umpire, but we’ll just
believe it was for arguing balls and strikes. He shouldn’t feel bad with Maddon
getting ejected in the Rays and Rangers game it’s probably a day for ejections.
The Twins now head to New York with each game a life line to post season, which
means they probably will be with the Rays, booking tee times before Wednesday.

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AT&T Park with the Braves hoping to give Bobby Cox a final season to
remember and the Giants hoping to just get out of the Bay area without a loss,
this could have been the first game into extras if not for the iatrical part the
umpires played in the 4th inning, and ultimately the hit that Ross managed to
squeak out of Lowe to drive in Posey. Giants take a 1-0 game lead into today’s match up.

It seems Halladay set the standard for post season pitching,
with both Lincecum for the Giants and Wilson for the Rangers pitching 2 hit shut
outs Thursday. This post season is definitely shaping up to be in the top few
all time great post seasons and seems to be following the theme of ‘Year of the
Pitcher’.

In addition to the Giants and the Braves game 2 today, we will
also see the ‘O’….

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…. of the H2O Phillies post season rotation trio take to the mound
against the Reds. The Reds will be trying to get back on an even keel with the
Phillies or at the very least go back to Cincinnati with a hit, while the Phillies will be looking to go 2 games up before heading
to Ohio this weekend. 

 

GO PHILLIES….


On Reflection….

Just in case no one even noticed, the name changed from ‘Outside the
Phillies Looking In
‘ to ‘Phillies Outside‘ as part of a concerted effort
to make everything a little more unified, in other words, most
everything else is labeled Phillies Outside so is this blog now, so it’s easier for me, not
that anyone gives a crap, and yes you will still find the same
rambling, sarcastic, drivel as always here, unless I am feeling
particularly friendly then I may up the sarcasm a little more, no it’s not always like a kindergarten playground where you punch the ones you really like, sometimes you actually have to smack the crap out of someone cause they deserve it…

On
to the post at hand, a review of my past predictions and I can assure
everyone that there is absolutely no bias on these predictions, there is
no hatred targeted at any team, and just because some see a certain
blue team as the ‘Evil Empire’ and the fact that some Philadelphia
Phillies
players have inferred a wish to exact revenge on that said evil empire,
I would like to assure everyone that none of that was taken into
consideration when constructing my predictions.

I see the American
League like this:

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…Yes much to the pleasure of some and displeasure of others I did not select the Yankees to make the post season this year, there jump to the top of the leader board for most global denominated currency spent on average per player for a sports franchise for last year, (in case you didn’t know, the most spent per player on average is normally monopolized by English Premiership Football Teams or soccer teams to those less edumacated, last year the Yankees jumped into the top 10 at number 1), this will come back to bite them this year, as it has with other sports franchises before them in there respective sporting championships. The American League playoff picture will look like this:

Seattle Mariners vs Chicago White Sox – Mariners win
Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays – Rays win

ALCS Mariners vs Rays – Mariners win

I see the National League like this:

NOny.jpg

…No I didn’t make a mistake with the picture, this is just a reminder that the Yankees couldn’t even buy there way in via the National League, although inside sources inferred that they tried, by way of offering Mr. McCourt some under the table assistance with the silencing and/or gratifying of the soon to be ex-Mrs McCourt. The National League playoff picture will look like this:

St. Louis Cardinals vs Colorado Rockies – Cardinals win
Philadelphia Phillies vs Los Angeles Dodgers – Phillies win

NLCS – Phillies vs Cardinals – Phillies win

The World Series – Phillies vs MarinersPhillies win in 5

For all those skeptics out there, in the words of Dwayne Johnson “It doesn’t matter ,,,,,,,” as (what appears to be a couple of suited jabronees) find out…




Yankees Take Game 2…

As much as it pains me to write the fact that the Yankees won 3-1, it happened therefore I must…

Game 2 however did manage to show the shortcomings of the umpires, a bad call going against the Yankees and then one against the Phillies. Does this balance it out, NO, because you never know how many runs, if any, would have been scored had the umpires got it right.

The only other officiating that was less than perfect was the balls and strikes, it seemed that on occasion the strike zone had a tendency to be elastic, as a Phillie fan this obviously appeared to favor the Yankees more than the Phillies.

As this post season has been filled with more errors by umpires than players, I have grown to accept the fact that games are going to be decided by the call of an umpire, good or bad.

This wasn’t the biggest problem for me during game 2, it was the Fox commentators, who seemed to become instant Yankee fans as soon as they scored the first run to tie the game, after this they just became very irritating, especially when making references and then getting players names wrong, but I guess I still have some control, which is why they made the mute button.

Problems aside, I am sure some think the pre-game showing of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys was terrific….

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I would love to know what Jeter was thinking here while he watched the performance, just maybe he was thinking the same thing I was…

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the hooker boots were not very becoming and just maybe she has a little too much junk in her trunk

but this still wasn’t what caught my attention during the first 2 games, it was non other than A-ROD…

 

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during the first 2 series of the Yankees post season he gave everyone hope that his post season inefficiencies where behind him and was A-ROID in their offence, the strength and power…. but since the World Series began he has become nothing more than A-VOID in their offence, an empty space, he has gone 0-8 with 6 strike outs.

 

So now we have to sit back and wait for game 3 to start tomorrow (Saturday) night at CBP, who will be the winner is on everyone’s mind….

‘it will be, who it will be’


Phillies take Game 1 at Yankee Stadium

This World Series has been given a few diferent names, as in every year the media look for catchy phrases to brand the series.

The Liberty Series – in reference to the Statue and the Bell

The Amtrak Series – in reference to the short train ride

I even heard it called the I-95 Shoot Out due to the quick Interstate drive

Whatever you want to call it, tonight it was the domination of Cliff Lee and the power of Chase Utley.


lee1-vs-cubs.jpgAs excited as I am at the victory, I am still well aware that it is only game 1 and there is lots of baseball left to play, but it is a win on the road which in reality removes the homefield advantge of the Yankees.

With Pedro Martinez scheduled to pitch game 2 against AJ Burnett, you can be sure the fun is just begining.

Just in case any Yankee fans actually decide to read this a little reminder the score was Phillies 6 Yankees 1

Chase Utley reached base in his 26th consecutive post season game producing a new MLB record and he also joined Babe Ruth as the only 2 left handed hitters to hit 2 home runs off of left handed pitching in a World Series Game.

and tomorrow…

‘it will be who it will be’


Yankees – Who are they really?

So there is a couple of days before the Yankees and the Phillies go at it to find out who is the best of the best.

-There are people out there saying the Yankees have this already, simply because the have already paid for it.-

Actually they paid a lot of money for (alledged) talented players and a new ballpark, if anyone can show me the receipt for the 2009 WorldSeries then I will gladly accept that this years World Searies is not worth playing, until then I am going to cheer for the Phillies in the hope that they can repeat last years magic.

– There are also those that would believe that since the Yankees have the best record they will make the Phillies look like ‘Little Leaguers’ –

I could probably come up with a long list of reasons why this is ‘BS’, but I thought why not borrow some interns and investigate. Some people weren’t in the lending mood since there teams either didn’t make the post season or got knocked out, so I had to make a quick trip to New York and find some strangers to do my investigating.

Criteria for the investigators was, 1 Yankee fan and 1 not a Yankee fan, I am sure you can guess which is which…

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…for some unknown reason the Yankee fan wasn’t very forthcoming with information about the team itself, all she would say was she’s not allowed to talk about them, but she did explain that Yankee fans do love all other fans regardless of who they support…
 


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…word of warning when in Philadelphia don’t do this!

The Yankee fan also explained that Yankee fans believe the NY logo to be sacred and have been known to kiss it at odd moments…

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I probably know a few Phillie fans that would kiss that NY logo too.

The non-Yankee fan, was very surprised by the amount of money to be had from Yankee fans and advised the only bad thing that she found out actually was from a Red Sox fan or was it a Yankee fan in a Red Sox shirt…

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could be either I guess.

I was a little dissapointed that I didn’t get any really information about the real Yankees, but I guess what was I to expect being in New York, I did however find that those smiling were Yankee fans, those crying were Mets fans.

Okay, so I didn’t really go to New York today, but I needed something to fill the gap between now and Wednesday…

GO PHILLIES !!!

There was no intent to mame or harm any Yankee fan in the making of this post, if I did mame or harm a Yankee fan, I got to know what the hell were you doing while reading this? This is not to say that maybe I insulted or offended a Yankee fan, I am sure none of this is anywhere near as offensive or insulting as the price that World Series tickets will sell for at either stadium.

 

(no copyright or ownership for the images could be found they were randomly selected from the web with multiple locations, this in no way indicates that copyright does not exist, copyright on these imgaes belongs to there respective owners)

 


NLCS Games 1 & 2

NLCS GAME 1  – Phillies 8 vs. Dodgers 6

This game started off as a good pitching match-up, by the end of the 4th inning both pitchers seemed to be in their groove, the Dodgers had the advantage of a 1 run lead and nothing looked as if it would change anytime soon. The top of the 5th inning something did change, not sure what, but it did, the Phillies got to Kershaw and exploded with 5 runs, I am sure at this point many of the Phillies fans were ecstatic with Hamels pitching with the poise of 2008, how could the Dodgers come back. Well we found out in the bottom of the 5th, where the Dodgers got to Hamels with 3 runs making it a 1 run game.

Both starting pitchers, Kershaw and Hamels became the…

….VICTIMS OF GAME 1, their chances of greatness in this game were killed off by each teams offence.

The 6th inning and both teams were into their respective bullpens, I am sure this delighted many Dodger fans, since the Phillies bullpen has been below standard for most of the season. The Dodgers bullpen pitched 4 1/3 innings using 5 different pitchers. The Phillies bullpen pitched 3 2/3 innings using 6 different pitchers. For the most part both bullpens had solid performances. The Dodgers bullpen gave up 3 runs and the Phillies bullpen gave up 2 runs, miraculously these all came in the 8th inning.

The 8th inning not only gave us the deciding runs, the only runs that both bullpens gave up, but it also gave us…

…BELOW PAR PLAYERS, for Sherrill, it was his inability to find the strike zone, and when he did it was front and center for a long ball, and for Utley it was a throw to first to complete a double play that just sailed off into the dugout, I do not believe the hesitation from Rollins was at fault, Utley should have held the ball if that was the case.

It was definitely a nail-biter for both fans and in my eyes lived up to all expectations of excitement. It was one of those games where either team could have won it and for game 1 the Phillies were the lucky ones.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME…

Carlos Ruiz and Russell Martin, both catchers played outstanding baseball at the plate and behind the plate, they each handled a number and variety of pitchers, played good defense and showed us offense too.

HIGHLIGHT PLAYERS…

Loney and Ibanez are my highlight players, Loney because it seemed like he was always on base, he went 3 for 4 with a walk, an RBI and 2 runs scored. Ibanez because he went 2 for 4 3 RBI’s and 2 runs scored which included the 8th inning, 3 run bomb. 

NLCS GAME 2 – Phillies 1 vs. Dodgers 2

This game was a pure pitchers duel both starters went pitch for pitch with each other, it seemed like they both had something to prove, both guys facing clubs that had given them a rough deal when parting ways. Martinez went 7 innings giving up just 2 hits, while Padilla went 7 1/3 innings giving up 4 hits, a walk and a run. It was definitely another nail-biter for both sets of fans. The Phillies bullpen managed to give away the winning run to the Dodgers in the 8th inning by walking Ethier with 2 outs and the bases loaded after Utley threw away the tying run earlier in the inning.

Because of the way the starting pitchers performed for me they were the…

PLAYERS OF THE GAME…

and the VICTIMS OF THE GAME, because neither pitcher got the win, yet the performances they both produced were definitely winning performances.

This game, like game 1 was a game for the taking by either team, but once again there were in my eyes players that didn’t perform and because of that made it harder for their respective teams to win…

…BELOW PAR PLAYERS, Ramirez because he went 0 for 4 with a strikeout, but mostly because he had the opportunity to put the game well out of the Phillies reach, but chose to first pitch swing for a pop up. Utley because he didn’t learn from the game 1 mistake and made the same identical throwing error, that should have been a double play and the tying run would have possibly held at 3rd and may have allowed the Phillies to go on for the win.

HIGHLIGHT PLAYERS…

 …Howard for seizing his opportunity in the 4th inning, by hitting a long ball off Padilla, and Pierre for his excellent base running to bring the tying run home.

So now it’s off to Philadelphia and Citizens Bank Park for the next 3 games of this series. If the first 2 games are anything to go by then it is going to make a lot of fans on both sides more nervous than ever. For baseball fans in general it should produce some more of the most exciting baseball we’ve seen all year long.

The Yankees and the Angels played the first game of the ALCS series Friday, which saw CC Sabathia pitch 8 tremendous innings, throwing 113 pitches with 7 strikeouts, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits. Matsui came through as a DH should, going 2 for 3 with a walk and 2 RBI’s. The Angels appeared to have a lack-luster performance due to the dominance of Sabathia. The Yankees won the game 4-1 taking a series lead. Game 2 is Saturday (tonight) evening at Yankee Stadium where the Yankees will be looking to go 2-0 up in the series and the Angels hoping they can take a tie back to Anaheim.

it will be, what it will be


Media just love the Yankees

LCS kicks off tomorrow with the Phillies and Dodgers, this series in itself should be full of some amazing games. Since the division series games fizzled with commanding sweeps and the only real intense excitement was the ending of the last 2 games between the Rockies and the Phillies, then the fans should hope for and expect both the ALCS and NLCS to be jam packed with intense exciting moments as a build up to the World Series… but will they, as I read and watch the stories that take us up to the start of the LCS games the thing I notice is the New York Yankees, that’s it nothing else. Some by line, small print or 2 minute segment may include a brief look at the Angels, Dodgers and at times the Phillies, but everything seems to be centered around the Yankees, even the opening page of these MLB Blogs has a headline indicating 4 teams in the LCS yet pictures just 1 rotation, and they highlight a New York MLB Blog which focuses on the Yankees rotation, okay so they mention in passing other teams, but it’s about the Yankees. I am beginning to believe that they spent so much money on the team and stadium that they are now stuck for advertising and so are taking hand-outs from all sources.

Leaving others struggling for scraps…

 

Causing confusion amongst the remainder… 

Or maybe the lack of spotlight is giving the others chance to gather their thoughts for the games ahead and sleep off some of the pressure

(incase your wondering, it’s a high pressure bed with some eye candy of course)

It could always just be something plain and simple, like the sports media are all full of hot air...

 

and need the Yankees to draw attention to themselves. They can speculate all they want about ex-Yankee manager vs. current Yankee manager or an all LA World Series, unlike some other orchestrated sports the media does not control the outcome to increase ratings,

it will be, what it will be