"Oh, the Yankees are in trouble this year. The Yankees have so many questions. They're rotation is no good after CC. Andy Pettitte is hurt and looked terrible in his last start. What are they doing with A.J. Burnett? Phil Hughes threw too many innings. Mariano was bad in September so he's clearly old and breaking down. Derek Jeter can't hit anymore. Who is going to play catcher? A-Rod can't be as good as he was last year in the postseason. Is Joe Girardi going to Chicago? What about Joba? Can the bullpen hold up in front of Mo? They don't have homefield advantage for this series. They played terrible in September. They didn't go for the division. Can they turn it on again?" Blah, blah, blah, BLAH, BLAH, FUCKING BLAHHHHH!!!!!!
Suck it, ESPN. Suck it, Sports Illustrated and SI.com. Suck it, mainstream media. Suck it, doubters from the Post, Daily News, NY Times, and every other NY-based literary outlet that spent more time pointing out the potential questions and potential problems instead of recognizing the year of success from those who were on the 25-man roster that perfectly predicted the series outcome.
CC Sabathia was the WORST STARTER of the 3 guys in the series and they still won. You think that's going to happen again? A-Rod had 1 FUCKING RBI in the series and they still won. You think THAT's going to happen again? They're already staggered their rotation and bullpen pecking order to keep the A.J.s and Jobas of the world included as little as possible. They can match up with any pitcher, right- or left-handed. I don't give a shit about the Rangers' lineup, the Rays' anything, or Roy Halladay and the rest of the Phillies' pitchers. Like it or fucking not, the Yankees are the favorite to win the World Series again, just like they should have been to begin with.
Now back to your regularly scheduled postseason coverage...
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