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Check this link out, written by Matthew Yglesias.

He explains the deep roots of racism in the South and makes a comparison to the Boston Red Sox’s refusal to integrate a black player until too late.

One line I’d like to mention here…

The Boston Red Sox were the last team in pro baseball to integrate. And for their belief in the grand purity of the Great White Race, they sacrificed a shot at Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, and probably a World Series or two. White racism rewarded them with decades of heartbreak

Hat tip to QueenAlpo.

…the Yankees suck are playing poorly.

Now that the entire world knows, courtesy of last week’s Sports Illustrated cover.

I already mentioned this cover in my posting this morning.

Coupled with such a torrential spring where we’ve seen flashes of brilliance and flashes of dismay, what more can the Yankee blogosphere complain about?

After LaTroy Hawkins threw away the game (with help from Derek Jeter) last night, the Yankees fell to the Baltimore Orioles again.

We see here that the Yankee bloggers are talking about this again and again.

Exhibit A: Vince Mercandetti. Here Vince vomits up yesterday’s game and offers whatever leftovers or things left on the bench that should be removed or fixed.

Exhibit B: Ben K. Ben explains that this whole disaster could have been avoided with Joba or even Brian Bruney in place of Hawkins.

Exhibit C: Greg Cohen. Cohen dissects what went wrong in the game and why he thinks Hawkins is a bum.

Exhibit D: Greg Cohen again. Greg debates the merits of having Ross Ohlendorf and Hawkins. Which one do the Yankees need the most, and if it’s a choice between either?

The list goes on and on. The bloggers can keep complaining about what’s going on and play keyboard manager and yell at the TV or smash their laptops. The fact is, the Yankees are not gelling and they aren’t playing smart baseball.

My partner showed me this when she came in with the mail yesterday.

I’m not too sure what to think about this. Sure-the Rays are playing unexpectedly well, but did they have to portray them as slayers of Jeter? Couldn’t they have done something else. Since this magazine came out last week, I’m surprised no one thought of blogging about this (that I know of).

I’ll write more about this when I return from work today.

Last night’s rubber match between the Yanks and the Orioles was a classic in its own way.

Girardi got himself ejected, perhaps giving his team fire to rally and knock in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

I was able to catch a few words between both Girardi and Guccione, the home plate manager. Some words I caught Girardi yelling were about wanting an explanation of the call and Guccione explaining with an animated gesture of “1 reason, 2 reason.”

Girardi was not satisfied with the explanation, and Guccione then said “get the f*** out of here.” Girardi then went to the first base umpire to argue too before walking out to a standing ovation.

After Giambi was called out on a ridiculous “foul tip,” Abreu proceed to walk on five pitches and then Robbie Cano punched a single between third and short stop to bring in Matsui from second base. The ball hit by Cano was slow enough to give Matsui enough time to round the bases, but hard enough to get past the short stop. 2-1 Yankees, second straight victory, and the series from the Orioles.

The Yankees are still 7.5 games out of first, but I will take anything any day. Just give the Yankees time. A-Rod has given the offense some spark, and Girardi has to be credited too for igniting the offense over its last chance to score.

This weekend we see the Yankees at home against the Mariners. The last time they faced each other was the first weekend of May and the Yankees swept the Mariners (if I remember correctly). We will see Pettitte on the mound against the Mariners’s “ace” Erik Bedard. Let’s make it three straight!

The Seattle Series Wrap-Up

I believe the Yankees finally showed what they can be capable of last weekend against Seattle.

They completed a three-game series, firing on all cylinders with their offense clicking and pitching dominating.  Seattle is no pushover, mind you, but the series sweep should have a positive effect on the team’s mojo entering this week with series against the Indians then at the Tigers.

I was at the game last Saturday — pending my summer plans, it may have been the last time I will be at the ballpark as I live more than 250 miles away from the Bronx. It was also a nice family affair as three generations of Yankee fans were there — my mom, myself and my siblings, and my daughter. It was my daughter’s second game at the Stadium. We sat in the right field bleachers and the view wasn’t bad at all. Even my brother commented that the view was better than he expected. We had perfect view of the offensive barrage named Johnny Damon and watched Mooooooose dominate throughout the game. It was simply vintage Moose that I grew up watching on the Orioles squad while I was in high school in D.C. (and I was still a Yankee fan, I did not and will not convert to the Orioles or Nationals.

(My daughter with my brother sitting on the right. The blonde hair behind my brother is my sister, and my mother is behind my sister)

Being the shot glass collector I am, I bought a shot glass with the final season at YS imprinted on it and bought myself a light Yankee jacket — something I’ve wanted for years but never got a chance to splurge (much to my wife’s chagrin).

The Yankees finally had an off day yesterday and will start a new 3-game series against the Indians tonight. Last month they split a 4 game series at Progressive Field, losing the first two only to come back and win the final two games. Tonight Pettitte goes for his fourth win on the season against rising star Fausto Carmona. Then we see the Wangster on Wednesday and on Thursday is the Moose (who, surprisingly is almost as effective as Pettitte, having won more games, and pitching better over the last three games he started in).

Watch Melky Cabrera, Jeter, Abreu and Damon in this series. These players are hot and should continue to be hot. Cabrera, of all the players, is leading the team in home runs. *shocking*  Hopefully the home run by Robinson Cano last Sunday is a sign that he may be coming out of his slump.

I’ll be rooting for a 2 out of 3 series or a sweep to give the team the momentum they need and prevent this agonizing pattern of losing games after winning a few. The Yankees sure have had a few of these this season.

This is Really Sick, Seriously

I first heard of this last night, and I have to say that this is really, really sick.

Sure, I know about the RedSox fans beating down a Yankees fan in a restaurant in Boston earlier this year. But this one is sick.

A woman intending to scare a crowd of RedSox fans accelerated and struck and killed a 29-year old RedSox fan. I’m all for a little yelling and chanting. Fighting is over the line, hurting others is over the line, but to actually use a vehicle as a weapon and kill someone else is a crime. She deserves what she gets — drunk or not. I cannot keep saying how sick this is…

She should be barred for life from Yankee Stadium, not be allowed to wear a Yankee jersey or even root for the Yankees. Good chance that will happen as she will probably be behind bars.

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