Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Out Of Left Field: "Glass Half Empty....Or Half Full?" Edition.

Here's a quote from the great Blutarsky:

"Over. Did you say over? NOTHING is over until we say it is. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? HELL NO! And it ain't over now! Cause when the goin gets tough...the tough get goin! Now who's with me? Let's go!"

And here is another one, although I have changed it slightly for today's game

"What the fuck happened to the Yankees I used to know? Where's the spirit? Where's the guts, huh? This could be the greatest night of our lives, but you're gonna let it be the worst. "Ooh, we're afraid to go with you Robert, we might get let down.Well just kiss my ass from now on! Not me! I'm not gonna take this. CJ Wilson, he's a dead man! Colby Wilson, dead! Cliff Lee.."

So here we sit, down 3 games to one, to a Texas Rangers team that has not only beat us, they have EMBARRASSED us, and did it all while looking smug in the dugout (Go back and watch the games, if it isn't too painful, and look at the way they are looking while we are down for the count). So what happens now? It would appear in the end that the answer is nothing good.

Let's start with tonight. We have to feel great about this game. CC pitching at home...enough said. We get a day off, and then head to Texas with Phil Hughes, who should be competent enough to get us through that game as well. Should we do all that and even this series up at 3 games a piece, what do we get rewarded with? A fully rested and healthy Cliff Lee in game 7. Ouch!

So what should our Bronx Bombers do now. Do we lay down and let the Rangers have their way with us tonight? Should we sit back and cry, lamenting the loss of Mark Teixeira to a blown out hammy? Should we allow a season that started with so much enthusiasm to end on these terms? Simply put the answer is F#$# NO!

Take the embarrassment of the past few nights and use it to your advantage. Throw it right back in their faces, and show them who the World Champions are. We all know what this team is capable of, now is the time to put that out there. Back in 2004 the Red Sux were down 3-0 to us. They took the "one game at a time" approach. After all, they knew they couldn't win game 5 without winning game 4 first...which they did. Then they knew they couldn't win game 6 without winning game five...which they did also. You all know the rest of that tale.

So this team needs to look at the glass as half full (CC tonight), instead of half empty (no matter what, Cliff Lee in game 7). Let's get to that game 7 first. I never thought I'd take a page from Terry Francona's book, but after Game 3 of that 2004 ALCS he said:

"It starts looking a little daunting if you start looking at too big of a picture,"

And that my friends is the truth. So let's start with baby steps this afternoon. Then we can start to worry about game 6, and hopefully game 7.

Most of the readers of this blog know me as the rational one...the one who doesn't lose his composure and always looks at the lighthearted and sunny side of things. That started to change last night. But thanks to Durden, and Mateo, I woke up this morning with a little bit of renewed life. I know I'm going against what I just said a few paragraphs ago, but just imagine that we come back and do end up taking this series. Down 3-1 we would have gone and beat the Rangers 3 straight times, including beating the "unbeatable" Cliff Lee. Now isn't that a great story to be able to tell your kids and your grandkids? I think it is.

So once more, as I said before the Minnesota series...

Break out those good luck charms, put on your best Yankee regalia and root your pinstriped heroes on.


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