As advertised, the new Yankee ballpark will produce numerous runs as frequently as Coors Field in Colorado. Somehow the wind currents accelerate the baseball in the right and left field gaps that turn warning track power into cheap home runs.
In their first go around at home the Yankees went nine overs and only three unders with a couple of pushes on the number. Not a bad performance, as they’ve done it without their best home run hitter, A-Rod. I look for them to pick up a few relief pitchers as soon as they become available, as their pitching ERA is only ahead of Cleveland’s, each of which is giving up almost six runs per game. Even perennial superstar reliever Mario Rivera is beginning to show his age as I witnessed last week the unbelievable occurrence of him giving up successive home runs.
Well, Bud Selig and his boys finally nailed a superstar to show the world that baseball was serious about its players no longer using steroids. Do you buy Manny’s comment of some doctor giving him the stuff by mistake?
If you do, here’s a few more to digest. Barry Bonds – I never took any! Roger Clemens – I was never injected! Rafael Palmeiro – pointing his finger at the Congressmen who were interviewing him! A-Rod – I only tried it in Texas! Miguel Tejada, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGuire, Jason Giambi and too many others.
The irony of it all is Jose Canseco was the only one that told the truth, and everyone hates him for his tell- all book exposing everybody.
Incidentally, now NASCAR’s getting into the act. Jeremy Mayfield has been suspended indefinitely for an undisclosed banned substance. My question is how does that stuff make you a better driver? If in fact that’s true I may buy some and slip it into my wife’s coffee.
My weekly optimistic update shows the country coming around, as unemployment is starting to decline, used home sales are increasing and bank-owned foreclosures are selling and Obama is telling jokes. Only in America, as Don King used to say.
Have a great week!
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