By Eddie Mayrose
Yankees Manager Should Tell Burnett, “Shut Up and Pitch.”
I can’t believe Yanks’ manager Joe Girardi is planning to bench Jorge Posada in Game 2 of the ALDS because of the perception that A.J. Burnett pitches better when Jose Molina is behind the plate. Now, I might give Girardi a little wiggle room here if say, C.C. Sabathia preferred Molina. But Burnett? What, exactly, has he done this year to warrant such a huge accomodation? Here’s a little perspective on A.J.’s season: He’s got 13 wins for a team with the best offense in the game at the not-so-bargain basement price of $18 million. Conversely, Minnesota’s Game 3 starter, Carl Pavano, had 14 wins while pitching most of the year for the last place Indians. See how many Yankee fans you can find that’d want Pavano in pinstripes tomorrow night. To bench Posada, a proven post season vet enjoying one of his best seasons, for such a disappointing pitcher is ludicrous. And with Girardi facing dismissal if he doesn’t bring home a ring, it’s really ill advised to alienate one of the team’s leaders. For the skipper’s sake, Burnett had better throw a gem.
Gardenhire Thumbs Nose At Robotic Managers
Despite the fact that there were really no pennant races in Major League Baseball outside of the AL Central, The Twins and Tigers certainly made up for it Tuesday night. Of all the moves and counter moves made by both managers throughout the twelve inning marathon, my favorite came in the top of the eighth. With two on and one out, Twins’ skipper Ron Gardenhire handed the ball to,(hold on to something before you read this), his closer Joe Nathan. Yes, in the most crucial part of the game and season, a manager finally decided that he needed his best pitcher to get him out of trouble, no matter what inning it was. Look for Gardenhire to have his Manager’s Union card revoked.
Jets Look To Bounce Back With Some Extra Help
While it’s true that there is no such thing as a good loss, that wasn’t such a bad one suffered by the Jets in New Orleans. It’ll have no impact on Division or Conference tie-breakers, they held one of the league’s top offensive units to just ten points and were done in by the mistakes of their rookie QB; something they knew would eventually happen. Mark Sanchez had better start tucking that ball away in the pocket, though, and the offensive line has to step it up in order to make use of RB Thomas Jones. We’ll get our first look at how Sanchez handles adversity this week. I like his chances. Especially with WR Braylon Edwards in the fold. Maybe all he needed was a change of scenery. Jet fans certainly hope so.
Give Eli A Week Off To Heal Heel
I’m not saying the Giants can win a Super Bowl without Eli Manning. But, they can absolutely beat the Raiders with David Carr under center, something I hope to see this Sunday. No sense losing sight of the big picture while facing such a bad team.
New York Mets Broadcaster At Top Of His Field
Tuesday night, during Twins-Tigers on TBS, a national audience saw first hand what Mets fans have known for a few years: Ron Darling is a superb analyst. Never too wordy, always on point, Darling had his best moment in the bottom of the seventh. With one out and one on, Orlando Cabrera stepped into the box with the Twins trailing 3-2. “Orlando Cabrera is a winning player who always seems to get a big hit when his team needs it the most”, said Darling. The Twins’ shortstop made Darling a prophet with his two tun homer just a few minutes later. And, as Cabrera rounded the bases, not one “I told you so” from Darling. A total professional.
Fifty Years? Already?
On October 10th 1959, Notre Dame traveled to Berkeley and laid a 28-6 pasting on California while LSU, the #1 team in the country, knocked off Miami 27-6. The West Wing’s Bradley Whitford was born, Pan Am announced the beginning of the first global airline service and Eileen Forsyth married Artie Mayrose at St. Anselm’s Church in Brooklyn. In the fifty years since, through four children, twelve grandchildren and all of the excitement, disappointment, triumphs, setbacks, achievements, failures, milestones and heartbreaks that make up half a century, they have been a shining example of the invincibility of two people that love each other. They created a strong family that spawned four others by living and teaching one simple rule: There is nothing that parents can give their children that is more valuable than the parents themselves. Though they never missed anything, even though our time took up all of theirs, and we never wanted for anything, despite the fact they were not wealthy, it is a simple fact that they never sacrificed anything for us. At least, that’s what they’d say. As kids, our lives didn’t take away from theirs, rather, our lives became theirs. It is a legacy of love that now benefits their grandchildren as well. So, Happy 50th, Mom and Dad. Here’s hoping the next fifty are just as much fun. Eat your heart out, Lou Kennedy.