I’m Sulking Right Now

I feel like there’s a party going on and I wasn’t on the guest list. I’m talking about a profound bummer here – a sense that every baseball fan is having fun but me. Well, except for fans in Chicago, Milwaukee and Anaheim, plus all the cities whose teams didn’t even make the postseason. I’d love to be one of those people in, say, Kansas City who says cheerfully, “I didn’t expect to get into the playoffs so what’s the big deal?” But I’m not. I’m a Yankee fan and Yankee fans expect. And we really, really aren’t used to being left out.

Oh, I suppose I could be a good sport and celebrate THIS…
Fine. I’m happy for the Rays. But you can’t make me high-five myself at the sight of Kevin Youkilis’s bald head. That would be asking too much.
What is there to say about the dreadful White Sox? Nothing. Like the Angels, they gave it their best shot but were exposed as leaders of weak divisions. Clearly, the AL East is where the action is in the American League. As for Dodgers-Phillies? Let’s go, Joe.
Back to the Yankees. While there is merriment elsewhere, let us Yankee fans not forget that our beloved closer is going under the knife tomorrow.
Mo’s right shoulder will be operated on by this man….
Dr. David Altchek, who happens to be the medical director for the Mets. (I think he did Posada’s surgery too.) Does anyone else find it odd that the Yankees don’t have their own guy to perform delicate operations? If I were Hankenstein, I wouldn’t let the doctor of my crosstown rival so much as touch a hangnail on one of my players. But then I’m just sulking right now. I’ll get over it.


  1. steve_t

    Jane, I was lucky enough to be in attendance last night and what a game it was! Great pitching, clutch hitting, and an advance to the next round. The Angels will be child’s play compared to what the Rays will bring.

    Steve T.

  2. Greg

    How can you not cheer for the Rays. I mean 10 years of futility and now they find themselves in the ALCS. It’s best story in baseball in years. I’d be cheering for them, but…..

    Now, if we can have the Phillies beat the Dodgers.

    Red Sox Ramblings – http://thevendahhhh.mlblogs.com

  3. mlbmark

    Hey, sorry I missed you for Game 4 at Dodger Stadium. Aramis and Alfonso and others had plans. Even though my job is to move on, I am still in a complete state of shock that the Cubs not only went out in three, but for the second straight year really never showed up. Maybe back at LA this weekend. Hope all is well in your world. Steve T, congrats on being at another celebration scene.


  4. primomailx@gmail.com

    I am already tired of Yukalilis ripping off Herman Melville’s “Queequeg” character in Moby Dick. That photo above is a riot.

  5. Jane Heller

    Steve, can’t believe you were at the game! Lucky you. Good job by Lester and company.

    Greg, congratulations to you too. I think it’ll be an interesting series for the Sox against the Rays.

    Speaking of the Rays, yup, I’ll be rooting for them. They really are a great story and they’ve lived up to the hype, which is refreshing. Rays-Dodgers would work for me.

    As I said before, Mark, I wish I had your job! So jealous that you get to go from series to series. Don’t you need someone to carry your laptop?

    Primo, in order to love Youkilis you probably have to be a Red Sox fan or his mother.

    Dr. Altchek IS Bobby Valentine, Paul! You’ve uncovered the great conspiracy. They did some minor plastic surgery on Bobby, put a white lab coat on him and slipped him into this bogus job of Mets Medical Director. Now he’s operating on the unsuspecting Yankees with the intention of…..O.K. This is what happens when you give a novelist an idea.

  6. Jane Heller

    Yeah, Jeff. I laughed when I saw that headshot of the doc. Maybe he’s looking to be on a baseball card.

  7. pinstripepride3

    Since we Yankee fans have been reduced to sulking, I’m actually rooting for the Red Sox to make it to the World Series. I would love to see Manny hit 12 HRs against them. An added bonus would be to see Torre win the World Series again – not to mention Mattingly getting his first ever World Series ring, even if it is as a coach for the Dodgers.

    If Bobby Valentine really wanted to make sure that nobody recognized him, don’t you think he would have worn his “special” disguise glasses?

    I still can’t get over Stephen King not giving you a blurb. You would think that 2004 would have helped him get over the bitterness that comes with 86 years of losing.

  8. redstatebluestate

    Every year can’t be a winning year but hey, at least you were close to the Wild Card. The Tigers spent their millions and ended up last in Central. That’s bad.
    Wanted to let you know that we’ll be live-blogging tonight’s debate. No promises except for mild outrage.

  9. Jane Heller

    Now that’s a twist, pinstripepride. Rooting for the Red Sox to make it into the WS so Manny beats them up. I like the drama! Still, I have to go with the Rays in the AL, just because I’m a sucker for fairy tales. As for Stephen King getting over the bitterness of all those years of losing to the Yankees? I met a Sox fan while I was researching the book and asked him the same question: “After winning in 2004, why are you people still so bitter?” He laughed and said, “We’ll never get over it. All the therapy in the world wouldn’t change how we feel.”

    You’re right, Allen. You can’t win every year. I’m trying to be a grown up and absorb that. Thanks for the heads up about the live blogging during the debate. I’ll be there!

  10. Kylie

    Yay Rays! Boo Sox.
    Aah, Sidney Ponson. Do you read The Dugout? If you don’t, you should. They have a great running gag about Sidney Ponson.
    And yes, I saw the Ausmus video and emailed it to like, six other friends who are as happy to see him go as I am. You may take your .250 average somewhere else, Surfer Brad.
    Kylie — http://kylie.mlblogs.com

  11. Greg

    Hmmm, I’m not bitter over the Yankees or anything. I think it’s probably 50/50 with Red Sox fans about that. Not sure what there is to even be bitter about. Especially when we’re in and they’re out. Some things are just mind boggling I guess.

    Red Sox Ramblings: http://thevendahhh.mlblogs.com

  12. Jane Heller

    I think it might be a generational thing, Greg. The Red Sox fans who’ve been around long enough to have watched their team lose in hideous ways to the Yankees are not so quick to forget. My young nephew in New Hampshire, on the other hand, only knows that his Red Sox have won two world championships while the Yankees have won none. He’s not bitter, just incredibly smug. 🙂

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