Monday, April 23, 2007

The Sports Guy is an Imbecile

Really, Billy, so you have to love Yankee fans, huh? Well, I think you have to love Red Sox fans. Especially ones who actually get paid to analyze sports for a living. Ones who vastly overrate three mid-April games against a team missing 3/5 of its starting rotation and its star catcher. Ones who jump to conclusions every single season when the Yankees struggle early.

It's easy to talk shit in April when your team is up by four games. It's easy because in September, when you're fighting it out with Cleveland for the Wild Card, nobody remembers your ignorant, bandwagon-jumping column from five months earlier. Nobody holds you accountable, so you say whatever you want without regard for fact, history or common sense.

The Yankees have won the division every season since 1998, and haven't finished below Boston since 1995. Maybe this is the year the streak ends. But it's way too fucking early to know that now. On July 4, 2006, the Yankees were four games behind the first-place Red Sox. On May 18, 2005, they were six games behind the first place Baltimore Orioles (!). Yawn. It's not panic time yet.

Red Sox fans have amazingly short memories, but perhaps that's a function of having too many painful memories.