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Dog Daze

The Yankees continued their slide on Friday and Saturday at the stadium, losing 5-0 and 6-1 to the Angels. Ramon Ortiz, Aaron Sele and the Angels bullpen helped wipe the floor with them. I was at the game this afternoon, staying through the fourth inning, and getting thoroughly soaked before my brother and I eventually bagged it (the game was delayed for over three hours). Bernie Williams made a base-running mistake (wake up and join the rest of us Sweet Pea) while Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter made errors in the field. The team looks flat and they got their asses handed to them. First it was Minnesota and now it’s Anahiem. The Angels beat up on Esteban Loazia who was booed as he left the field, though not nearly as badly as he could have been. Jeff Davanon hit a long home run into the right field bleachers then took his own sweet time rounding the bases. You could time the guy with a calendar. Yo, he hit the ball a ton, respect due, but last I checked his name wasn’t Vlad Guerrero. Try running around the bases smart guy.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox won twice and now trail the Yankees by just six and a half games. Boston has won five straight. While it is probably premature to panic, I can safely say that there are a lot of unhappy Yankee fans tonight. As you can tell, I’m not even a little bit happy. Sure, it’s unlikely that the Yankees will play as poorly as they have for the past week for too long, but one never knows…And just because the Bombers have never squandered a big lead late in the season doesn’t mean it’s never going to happen. While some will say, “It’s the Yanks, it’ll never happen to them?” I say, “Why wouldn’t it happen to them sooner or later?”

Kevin Brown goes against Kelvim Escobar tomorrow before the Yanks head off to Cleveland. Here’s hoping that no matter the result, the Yanks show up and play a more compelling brand of baseball.

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