There is no duty we so much underrate as... being happy. -Robert Louis Stevenson
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Domaine Perdu
re: MLB: ONE WEEK!
No doubt. Blue Jays ownership saw one of the luckiest teams in MLB history (based on the Pythagorean diagram) contend for the AL East to the last day or two of the season in the Baltimore Orioles (gotta give Buck Showalter a good deal of credit for how he handled their bullpen, too) last year. Red Sox are in rebuilding mode (by their standards, anyway), Yankees are old, fat and lazy (philosophically as a team) and severely banged up. AL East could definitely be more of a race between the Jays and the Rays than anyone else this season, at least if all of their respective pieces fit right (and of course there's always that "if").
What's the Yankee lineup probably going to be Opening Day? There's legitimate concern over whether or not Jeter can make it back, despite his comments to the contrary (knowing him, though, he'll probably just make it... maybe he can DH the first week or two of the season, heh). A-Rod's situation seems cloudy as hell. Now Granderson out until probably mid-May.
If Ichiro has anything left to offer, Yankees might end up being happier about that re-signing than they thought when they went through with it.
Yankees are wise to escape the heightened luxury tax penalties. Ownership realizes that they have to tighten their belts at least a little bit this year if they truly want to keep Robinson Cano wearing pinstripes beyond 2013, just for starters.
Credit to TAR for bringing this .gif to my attention.