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The Ultimate Demise of the NY Times sport section… by red

The Squirrel…begins with articles like these. I don’t mind it, but I’m sure other people will. It’s actually a pretty cool random article, but then at the same time I’d much rather find this in a blog than in one of the most prestigious newspapers in America.

The squirrel, she said at the time, resembled Ratatosk, a creature in Norse mythology that precipitated the destruction of the world (including the eagle, or the Yankees, who, after all, have made an eagle part of their on-field ceremonies) by the evil dragon (or the Red Sox).

And while she was at it yesterday, she weighed in on the midges, explaining that in Norse mythology, wizards often surrounded people with swarms of insects and fog in scenes not that dissimilar to the disaster that befell Chamberlain. There is a lake in Iceland called Myvatn, or midge lake, she said.

As I said, it’s a cool article, but… the New York Times? Seriously? Anyway, they did mention something that might, just might, give us some hope for the time between now and next season:

Unfortunately for vengeful Yankees fans, Frank could not say which wizards could have visited the Game 2 plague upon the Yankees. But she did provide some hope for next season. The 13th-century Ratatosk tale states that after the destruction of the world, good rises again.

Speaking of demises, as much as I hate to say it, here’s the ultimate demise of yankee fans:

New York Yankees fans react as a fire truck passes by, honking to acknowledge a Save Joe Torre rally near Times Square in New York (AP Photo)

Yankee fans just live in the past too much nowadays, they resist change way too much. I don’t have a strong opinion on whether he leaves or stays, especially when Mo suddenly starts using blackmail, but I won’t cry if Torre leaves, I’ll be a little relieved. The Yanks need some good change. And anyway, “Keep Gentelman Joe Torre”? Because, as we all know, hot tempered managers like Bobby Cox, Lou Piniella, or Earl Weaver never get anywhere. “Torre Power”? “Keep Torre Alive”? I could think of much better slogans than those.

In other news: Here’s a hilarious parody of those Awful Dane Cook MLB playoff promos, I just can’t stand them. Last year’s promos with Tommy Lasorda were infinitely better.


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