Andrew Hamm: the Bipolar Express

Ruminations on theatre, music, and just about anything else that crosses my bipolar brain.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Red Sox Sweep Rangers, Angels Sweep Yankees

...and the effect is the same as the Red Sox sweeping the Yankees.

Yes, my brothers and sisters, the Red Sox have opened up an 11.5-game lead on the second-place...Orioles. Yes, the second-place Orioles. Boston has a 12-game lead over the third-place Blue Jays. To find the Yankees, you have to go another half-game back to fourth place, where Torre's team is bringing new meaning to the name "Bronx Bombers." At 21-27, they are only a game ahead of the last-place Devil Rays. I could buy that in the first week of April, but not the last week in May.

Gloating a little? Why yes, I believe I'll have some of that. The last time the Yankees were 12.5 games out was in 1995. Ouch. And with Roger Clemens, the fastball messiah, struggling in AA last week, it doesn't look good for the Bronx Bomb.

Ha. Ha, ha-ha, ha-ha, ha-ha, ha-ha. Ha.

In fact, if I may comment on the league in general, the weekend's theme was road sweeps. Check it out:
  • The Rockies swept the Giants in San Francisco for the first time ever.
  • The Red Sox swept the Rangers in Texas for the first time since 1973.
  • The Phillies swept the Braves in Atlanta for the first time since 1995.
  • The Angels swept the Bronx Bomb in New York for the first time since 2004.
  • The Mets swept the Marlins in Miami for the first time since 2005.
  • The Mariners swept the Royals in Kansas City for the first time since 2005.
  • The Indians swept the Tigers in Detroit for the first time since 2005.
And Pittsburgh won three this weekend at Cincinnati, with a chance to complete the four-game sweep today. Wow, the Reds suck.

Ichiro and Kevin Youkilis are on big-time hitting tears. Philadelphia's Ryan Howard announced his return from the DL with 2 home runs on Sunday afternoon. And that AL Central is looking as strong as the NL Central is weak. The Astros have lost eight straight, joining the Reds as one of the few teams who might envy the Bomb right now.

Indians at Red Sox, starting tonight, looks like a key series for Cleveland to make a real statement. Cleveland has opened a 2.5-game lead on Detroit, but that division is going to be tight all year.

It's baseball, and it's a long season, and anything can happen. But one of the great things about being a post-2004 Red Sox fan is that you can now enjoy the little things (like a 12.5-game lead over the Bronx Bomb in May) without feeling like you're inviting disaster.

Ha, ha-ha, ha-ha.

David Ortiz rules.

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  • At 5/28/2007 9:33 PM , Blogger Scott Wichmann said...

    Wiped a tear from my cheek as Trot Nixon got a standing O from the Fenway faithful tonight before his first AB. 13 years with the sawx organization, the original 'dirt dog' was part of the heart & soul of the team for a good stretch. I'll neva evva forget his taking Clemens deep in the stadium in may 2000 ('Pedro-Rocket II, Electric Boogaloo') and his prodigious game-winning blast in game three of the 2003 ALDS vs Oakland ('The purpose-driven Ball') he also forgot how many outs there were during one game and gave a young fan the ball after a catch which was only out #2 as, of course, two runs scored. We LOVE Trot Nixon.

    The Yanks are in disarray, but I never count those 'expletive-deleteds' out of it, although it IS really nice to see them twist in the wind a little bit. I was in the North Shore of Mass last year when NY swept the sox in 5 straight, and it was tough to deal with. Wait until John Lester gets back from rehab (Amazing story) and either goes to the 'pen or the rotation, which, with Batshit Tavarez (Called so because of his smackdown of Joey Gathright in last years' spring training brawl with Tampa) could make them stronger all around.

    Two things:

    1.)Get MLB.TV on the computer. You get ALL the games in the MLB for ten buck a month. I'm watching the Sawx right now play cleveland as I type. This, folks, is my Idea of heaven.

    2.) Check out Fun, smart & saavy sox fan 'Hart Brachen' runs this online strip each day. Get some.

    Random blasts:
    Love Alex Cora.
    Love Coco's speed and defense. (Two bunt hits versus Texas yestiddy.)
    YOUUUUUUKS!!!! (just hit an Inside-the-pahhk HomAAA!!! YEEEEEEAAAAAAHH!!!!!)
    Love how Manny & Papi bow to Matsuzaka & everyone has their own high-five routine with him. SHUUUU-TO!!
    "OOOOOO-Ka-Jima, he's the A-sian Lef-tee in the Penn..."
    Hazel Mae & Tina Cervasio... Yummy. Thank you NESN!!!
    Love Manny's 'Belly-flops' into second & third.
    Love How Papi slaps his hands between pitches.

    Goodness, how I love baseball.

    peace, Spaaaahhky!!

  • At 5/29/2007 8:38 AM , Blogger Andrew Hamm said...

    Aaaaaaaand, the Yankees are officially tied for LAST PLACE with the Devil Rays.


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