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Are We Counting Out the Yankees?

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Could we be doing the inevitable? Could we be counting out or underestimating the New York Yankees chances in 2011? In my estimation: Yes.

Many Yankee haters and many disenchanted Yankee fans will point to a “down” year in 2010. It’s baseball analysts that blast the Yankees successes (or lack there of) in 2010 and pinpoint that as an indicator of the Yankee legacy starting a rapid tumble out of contention for not only a World Series title, but an AL East Division crown.

Call me a Yankee home (go ahead) but are we all losing a grip on baseball reality? So we are discrediting a team that was a couple wins from a second trip to the World Series? We’re discounting a team that despite down years from Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Aj Burnett, Mark Teixera, Curtis Granderson and others, but still managed to make it to within a few games of the World Series?!?

Derek Jeter, the Yankee captain who had perhaps the worst season statistically of his career…Alex Rodriguez whose OBP was atrocious by his estimations, and AJ Burnett who gave up more homeruns than a blind underhanded pitcher lobbing soft pitches to Babe Ruth in a little league park..yet the Yankees were only a FEW games from the World Series?!

Excuse me for being a bit defensive. Maybe it is because I am a Yankee fan but am I seriously supposed to believe the “experts” when they pick a team that didn’t even make the playoffs last year (Boston Red Sox) to topple the Yankees without a fight?!

Okay, so I’m supposed to buy into this because of Carl Crawford? Wait, this is the same Carl Crawford who in the ALDS against Texas went 3 for 21 with 1 RBI. So THIS is your Clutch addition that will win you big games down the stretch against the Yankees?

Maybe it’s Adrian Gonzalez..Okay. This is the same man who led that juggernaut San Diego Padres team to the Playoffs right? Oh wait, the Padres couldn’t make the playoffs.

So by all of these experts deductions two Regular Season Monsters injected into a Red Sox lineup is going to bring them to the World Series?!!

You’re also telling me that Daisuke Matsuzaka who posted another mediocre -at-best campaign (9-6 4.69 ERA) is going to be all of a sudden “effective”?

And you’re also banking that Josh Beckett who has been on the decline in recent seasons is going to make a dramatic turnaround from a 6-6 5.78 ERA season?

The fact is that the Yankees have finally posted a team that is younger, faster and built moreso from their own farm system than in recent years.

My bold predictions are that the Yankees grab the Wild Card and make it to the World Series. A-Rod will nab an AL MVP Award and carry the Bronx Bombers to title number 28.

Care to debate me about it? Bring it!

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Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media and DiMoro Enterprises LLC. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony hosts the Anthony DiMoro Show podcast, and formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.

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  1. Jeff Beedle

    March 26, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Being a diehard Tiger fan I usually wouldn’t defend the Yankees,but I got to give it to them ,they were right there on the brink last season.The starting rotation has yet to prove itself but then again so does every other teams starters.The Red Sox have a lot more to prove!

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Flyers Remove Statue of Kate Smith

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The Philadelphia Flyers have joined the New York Yankees in the removal of ties to singer Kate Smith, whose famous rendition of “God Bless America” was played at both Flyers and Yankees games.

Earlier this week, the Yankees decided to suspend the use of Smith’s rendition, which was played during the seventh-inning stretch, while they investigated allegations of racism against the later singer.

According to a report from the New York Daily News, there are conflicting claims about Smith’s 1939 song “That’s Why Darkies Were Born” which
originated in the 1931 Broadway revue “George White’s Scandals” and was considered satire but includes racist language, including the line;
“Someone had to pick the cotton. … That’s why darkies were born.”

The song was recorded by Smith and Paul Robeson, who was black.

The Flyers put out the following statement on Sunday (h/t ESPN):

“The Flyers have enjoyed a long and popular relationship with ‘God Bless America,’ as performed by the late Kate Smith, a woman who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor for her patriotic contributions to our nation.

“But in recent days, we learned that several of the songs Kate Smith performed in the 1930s include lyrics and sentiments that are incompatible with the values of our organization, and evoke painful and unacceptable themes.”

Smith, who was popular during the WWII era, recorded the offensive jingle, “Pickaninny Heaven,” which she directed at “colored children” who should fantasize about an amazing place with “great big watermelons,” among various other treats. 

Smith also endorsed the “Mammy Doll” back in 1939 which was based on a racist caricature of a black woman similar to Aunt Jemima.


“The Yankees have been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information,” a club spokesman said. “The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously. And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity.”

The odds aren’t good that Smith’s songs will return to their prominent places during sporting events such as they were with the Yankees and the Flyers.

There is a lot of cleaning up to do when it comes to racism in sports, and weeding out songs attached to artists with questionable, and controversial, backgrounds such as Smith’s, is important in pushing forward towards the future.

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MLB Investigating Racist Social Media Messages Sent to Cubs’ Carl Edwards Jr.

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Major League Baseball is investigating racial messages sent, via social media, to Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. prior to his demotion to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs back on April 6th.

According to The Athletic’s Patrick Mooney, the messages have caught the attention of both the Cubs and the MLB Players Association, leading to the launch of the investigation.

Mooney had been a solid bullpen option during the last few seasons, but had a nightmare start to the 2019 season posting a terrible 32.40 ERA in just 1.2 innings of work over four appearances.

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Carlos Zambrano Attempting Comeback, Signs with Indy Team

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Former MLB pitcher Carlos Zambrano is attempting a comeback and has signed with the American Association’s Chicago Dogs, according to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Gordon Wittenmyer.

Zambrano last pitched in the majors back in 2012 with the Miami Marlins, but earlier in his career he finished in the top five of the Cy Young voting in the National League three times as a member of the Chicago Cubs.

Zambrano started his comeback bid last fall when he took the mound for 7 starts in the Mexican League, pitching to the tune of a 5.18 ERA, and performing even worse during a short stint in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Given his recent lack of production, it is a longshot to believe that Zambrano will return to the MLB level, but stranger things have happened.

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