It is raining in New York City. The sidewalks are covered with leaves. But that can’t squarsh our excitement.
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Over at Baseball Prospectus, Jay previews the Serious. Be sure to pop by Jay’s live chat this afternoon, starting at 2 p.m. est too.
any chance we don't have a game tonight? How does NYC look?
latest forecast says showers ending in about an hour... overcast for the afternoon and evening. looks like we're gonna get this one in!
 cool! thanks.
I'm a faithful reader of the Banter, its the first thing I look at every morning. Born and raised a Yankee fan, who has the unenviable position of being married to a Phillies fan, and her 30 fellow family members also rabid Phillies fans. It's been tough living in Philly the past few days! I can't watch or read anything in the media, without wanting to throw up. It's good to have a community of fellow Yankee fans to read and comment with.
The Phils are a good team, tough as nails, I wouldn't shortchange them at all. It's almost imperative that the Yanks win this first game. You don't want the Phils to steal the momentum in the series, especially since AJ is pitching the second game. I say the Yanks in 7!
 good luck on the homefront, nova.
I work with a rabid Phils fan (aren't they all rabid?) who's married to a Mets fan. He obviously has it easier than you do.
I'm also friends with a Yanks fan who's married to a rabid Red Sox fan (again with the redundant rabies reference), and he needs to build himself a bigger shed to sleep in this time of year.
 For some reason, I've had this feeling the Yanks are gonna drop one tonight. Maybe it's because Sabathia can't possibly keep up the dominance of the first three games he pitched. Or maybe he can, but it seems like he's due for a mediocre start, at least. Then again, the same could probably be said for Lee.
At any rate, I do think there's a small chance that the Yankees just flatten the Phillies in this series, but I'm not counting on it.
This is stupid. There's no "trash talk" going on.
 It's hard to live in enemy territory. I can imagine the pre-game hype must be insufferable.
The good news is that since these two teams haven't met since 1950, the chances of a continual rivalry seems improbable. Then, you can go back to your respective alliances, although one of you will have to withstand a disappointing outcome (may it not be you).
My cousin, a 4th generation Yankee fan, married a 3rd generation Red Sox fan. He insisted that she put in her wedding vows that she be willing to relinquish all rights to their offspring becoming Red Sox fans. It was tongue- in-cheek, but I know that he was absolutely serious. She obliged.
Novayank, keep the faith.
I assume you saw that River Avenue Blues had a thread up to organize Philadelphia Yankee Fan gathering spots?
I have had to put up with kiddie Red Sox gear arriving in my home from the in-laws. I allow pictures to be taken for Grandma and Grandpa Red Sox, but after that, the duds may be donned no more.
It's nauseating to think there is a permanent record of these kids wearing Red Sox outfits, but I have to be somewhat reasonable.
Hinske and Bruney are on the Serious roster, Cervelli and Guzman are out. Makes sense with the NL rules in Philly and Gardner available as PR #1. Maybe the Yanks can use Sabathia as a pinch runner the way they used to use Guidry :)
There's an odd meme on the nets today: Lee and Sabathia "cancel each other out." Am I wrong to be annoyed by this? They never appear on the field at the same time - it's not like a great receiver and a great strong safety. It's not that they cancel each other out - it's that they cancel out the offense. If that's the case, and I think there's a real good chance that we'll be looking at a 0-0 score in the 7th, then it has to come down to the defense. Solid, not flashy, no-error defense has got to play a big part in the outcome of the game today. And oddly, for all the big hitters in the lineup, the Yankees D doesn't worry me at all.
 More like pinch tank.
I'm more excited than nervous about the Series, which might not be a good thing. Generally, if I think things are going to turn out well, they don't. Conversely, if I'm nervous and worried and sure things won't turn out well, they do turn out well. Cue the pessimism!
I think the roster moves are right, though now I suppose A.J. will cough up game two.
 I respect the Phils but can do a little trashy for ya. weeping.
Philli Vanilli is gonna get exposed this series! Lip-synching, phony ass, wanna-be fugazis are gonna have their Grammy revoked
Round the horn:
You're gonna sneeze, Ruiz!
You're a coward, Howard!
Chase this, Utley! It's Robbie's jock and you can't handle it!
You're no Jeter, J-Roll!
Feliz? Puh-leeze. You call that a third baseman?
Ibanez? You drool, Raul!
Get ready for the pain, Shane!
You ain't Werth a dime, Jayson!
Into the rotation:
Gonna scratch you like a flea, Lee!
Come to papa, Pedro!
Gonna light you like unfiltered Camels, Hamels!
Take a bus to Scranton, Blanton!
Into the bullpen:
Swat you like a midge, Lidge!
Crap time, or nap time, Happ?
Madson, ya bad, son!
Got a flat tire, Eyre!
We're disturbin' you, Durbin!
 I don't have kids yet but I like to think if I did AND had Red Sox relatives (which I don't), I'd tell them thanks but no thanks in regards to Boston gear. : D
 first of all, cc has been better than lee for longer, so i think he has an advantage. but if they do somewhat cancel each other out (and i admit that lee is pretty good, though i'm not really sure why since every time i see him he throws almost all straight fastballs), then it's not only the defense that makes a difference, but the quality of each lineup.
 Thank you for that! :)
It's either Yanks in 5 or Yanks in 7 (with plenty of pepto consumption if the latter). I see nothing in between.
 Nothing? What about SIX?
  My cousin also stipulated that in addition to not being Red Sox fans, their progeny could not own or be seen in Red Sox gear. Nor would they be allowed Red Sox paraphernalia in the house.
When their first kid received a Red Sox onesy (or some such thing) from a provocative friend, it spelled war.
 hah ah ha ha ha hah ah ah ah h!!!!
Now *that's* trash talk!
Cliff giving the Phillies 3 wins. Very generous.
How many games do the Phillies win the AL East?
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