LADY AT THE BAT: Miscellaneous Thoughts As The Postseason Begins

Friday, October 5, 2012

Miscellaneous Thoughts As The Postseason Begins

It's the Day Of The Death Game. The Yankees and their fans will be watching the one game playoff tonight in Texas between the Orioles and Rangers. Whichever team wins will host the Yankees in game 1 of the ALDS on Sunday evening at 6:15 Eastern. The game will be televised on TBS.

There has been so much talk about the fact that the Yankees, who have the best record in the American League, will start the postseason on the road. The media is up in arms about it and team personnel, namely Joe Girardi, has spoken out against it. But, where was this uproar last year when this plan was announced? Everyone knew about it then but said nothing. Now that it's actually happening, people are acting like they didn't know about it until last week. It makes no sense. All I can do is shake my head.

I'm not shaking my head at the Bobby Valentine firing. His awful tenure finally came to an end yesterday. I could toot my horn and say that I knew it wouldn't work but, let's face it, it wasn't hard to predict this disaster at all.

Back to tonight's game: Orioles at Rangers. Who you got? Who do you want the Yankees to face? I've heard all the arguments, pro and con, for both teams. I don't care which team it is, however. Anything can happen in a best of 5 series. Anything. Everyone should remember Cleveland, who has taken the Yankees out in the first round twice in the past 15 years. Detroit has also done it twice and the Angels have also stung them in the first round. First round series are unpredictable. We just don't know.

We should know the Yankees' playoff roster pretty soon. Brian Cashman told Michael Kay yesterday that he expects Brett Gardner to be on the roster. Kay deduced from that that Andruw Jones will make it as well. (You know, the righty/lefty thing.)  Please, don't let that be true!

What is true is that Dan Tordjman, who falsely tweeted that Robinson Cano was going to be suspended for PEDs, apologized. When I first heard of the apology, I thought of Melky Cabrera. A reporter who had accused Melky ended up apologizing to him as well, before the truth finally came out. I'm hoping we're not on a similar route here.

That's all I got, folks. Thanks for reading and enjoy the playoff weekend.

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