Monday, May 01, 2006

All's Quiet in Junkee-Land - Not a Good Sign

George Steinbrenner has kept his big fat yapper shut - and that worries me. So far 2006 has been far from the circus atmosphere we've been accustomed to in years past. And when that happens, it's a lousy sign.

The Yankees won more games during the 1980s than any other team, but didn't win a darn thing when it mattered, namely, in the postseason. Heck, they only made it once, and that was in 1981.

Then they were hideous for a while, back in the early '90s, when George was banished from baseball. Then he came back, but kept quiet, and the Junkees went on to win in '96, '98, '99, and '00. Then he opened his trap and the Junkees couldn't win the big game.

Okay, there were a couple of incidents back then, like calling Hideki Irabu a fat toad, but those were few and far between. In fact, the local papers got all horny because there was finally something juicy!

Then after 2001 - and Manny and I think it was when they got Raul Mondesi in 2002 - was the turning point. Okay, maybe it was Giambi. The Junkees became the laughing stock of all Yankee despisers. The Junkees assembled a collection of jerks, idiots, stinkers, and punks, and it was one comedy show after another. Every season Snorre would age 15 years. George would fire some coaches to shake things up. Kimberly Jones would ask Snorre questions that came from George just to tweak the skipper.

But in 2006, nothing exciting has happened. Sure, they don't have the best record in the AL, but quietly and professionally playing the game of baseball. And that is what scares me.

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