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She Asked How Come I Don’t Smile, I said “Everything’s Fine, but I’m in a New York State of Mind.”


The sun is shinning in New York. It is a beautiful autumn day.

Last night was a drag but it’s over and done with. Nothing to do but wait for tomorrow. Sure, there is plenty to worry about if you like to worry. But there is this too: the Yanks have two chances to win one game. I thought Robbie Cano had his best at bats of the Serious last night and I expect the offense to be a Bomb Squad tomorrow night.

Whadda ya say?

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1 edoubletrouble   ~  Nov 3, 2009 12:55 pm

The baseball gods want to win it all in the Bronx. Hello? Nothing to worry about. Enjoy the wait ... soon it will all be memory. Youknowhatimsayin' kid?

If it goes to 7, I'm comin' uptown Al B.

Thanx for the Nas.

Turn it UP!!!!!!

2 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 3, 2009 12:57 pm

If it goes 7, I'll be having a heart attack and you'll need to take me to the emergency room.


3 rbj   ~  Nov 3, 2009 1:02 pm

If it goes 7 I'll be drinking heavily.

And two more late nights? Dunno if my body can take that. Ah well, early bedtime tonight.

4 Shaun P.   ~  Nov 3, 2009 1:04 pm

I'm in a late 80s New York State of Mind this morning. Not only is Rags the Giants' pitching coach, and Roberto Kelly (!) their first base coach (!!), they just hired "Bam Bam" Meulens to be their hitting coach.(!!!)

Has anyone suggested to Brian Sabean that trying to reconstruct the 1989-1990 Yankees might not be the best idea in the world?

5 Yankee Mama   ~  Nov 3, 2009 1:05 pm

If it goes to 7, I'll be a basket case.

For the moment, I'm chill, Is that a NY state of mind?

6 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 3, 2009 1:09 pm

Yes it is.

7 tocho   ~  Nov 3, 2009 1:14 pm

I feel surprisingly good today.

I could be worried about vintage Pedro showing up again, about Andy on 3-days rest after a sub-par outing in Game 3, about Utley's HR's, about Werth against a LHP, about Teix and his MIA bat, about Mariano's non-stop coughing during his post-game interview after game 4, BUT I choose to hang on the possibility of Pedro running out of pixie dust against so many LHB's, of Andy pitching great in another clinching game, of Utley finally coming down to Earth with an 0fer, of Werth failing to hit or just watching perfectly placed CB's on the outside corner, of Teix delivering a game-blowing-open 3-run HR in the bottom of the 2nd that ends Pedro's night, on Mariano closing out the 9th with a 6-run lead for good measure.

that's just me.

8 ms october   ~  Nov 3, 2009 1:14 pm

i never sleep cause sleep is the cousin of death
i lay puzzle as i backtrack to earlier time
nothing's equivalent to the new york state of mind

[3] yeah forget sleep being the cousin to death - these late nights are hard

[5] nas also says crime is a ny state of mind

even though the wait is torture i think these off days are as much for the diehards as for the players

9 monkeypants   ~  Nov 3, 2009 1:15 pm

[4] They are trying to recreate the magic of the late-80s/early-90s Yankees. That may not be the best move...

10 tocho   ~  Nov 3, 2009 1:16 pm

[7] think that qualifies as a NY or should I say, Empire State of Mind.

11 RagingTartabull   ~  Nov 3, 2009 1:16 pm

sitting here patiently waiting for Game 6. It's like an AIDS test, whats the result?

12 Yankee Mama   ~  Nov 3, 2009 1:23 pm

[8] If by crime you mean wishing that Pedro receives a Bronx womping, then I'm so there.

13 ms october   ~  Nov 3, 2009 1:30 pm

[12] ha - exactly

14 Mattpat11   ~  Nov 3, 2009 1:33 pm

I really think they win tomorrow.

They damn well better. Losing this series might be the biggest humiliation in the series of them that has been the 2000s era Yankees.

15 wcyankee   ~  Nov 3, 2009 1:37 pm

[14] Agreed on both counts. And as many on here have stated, they screw the pooch, they don't deserve to win it.

And lord, if it goes 7, I'll be in the ER & heavily drinking.

16 RagingTartabull   ~  Nov 3, 2009 1:40 pm

[14] I think saying the past 9 years has been a series of humiliations might be a bit strong, but yeah I agree they should (and can, and just might) end it tomorrow.

17 Mattpat11   ~  Nov 3, 2009 1:45 pm

[16] I was just sad after 2001. But I was frustrated, furious and embarrassed after all the other failures.

19 matt b   ~  Nov 3, 2009 2:01 pm

[4] How could anyone who ever watched Bam-Bam Meulens play think he could teach anyone anything about hitting? What's his advice going to be, "Swing early and often?" The guy could strike out 3 times before he got dressed!

20 standuptriple   ~  Nov 3, 2009 2:06 pm

I believe this team will not be timid and accept the challenge. 103 W's means something and they've been battle-tested. It ends tomorrow night.

21 rbj   ~  Nov 3, 2009 2:29 pm

[19] I think his strategy will be "This is what I did. Don't do it that way."

22 Horace Clarke Era   ~  Nov 3, 2009 4:15 pm

I can't decide if the Banterites are whistling past the graveyard or genuinely so confident they risk offending the Baseball Gods! I am never, ever 'confident' regarding a single game, and especially not with a 37 year old 100 pitches at the best of times beloved starter going. I will dream of 5 decent innings from Andy, as I said earlier, and then cross a lot of fingers that a) we're ahead of Pedro and b) the pen rises up and slays the Phanatic Phools before giving it to Mo.

But do I sit here today in any sublime expectation that this shall be so?

You gotta be kidding. And I'll be as much a basket case as Alex [2] and the others above, if we play a 7th.

Maybe william can calm us all down?

23 Raf   ~  Nov 3, 2009 4:47 pm

[19] I dunno, given the resume of most hitting coaches around the league, I don't think it's a big deal.

24 Greg G   ~  Nov 3, 2009 5:17 pm

Pedro should be on the mound. We hate that guy.

Andy should be on the mound. We love that guy.

Game 6 will be decided by the bullpens as neaither pitcher is likely to get past the 7th.

I really like the Yankees chances, and the way that they hit last night against Lee is encouraging. Pedro will be facing a lineup that isn't as tight as they were in Game 2. I think Little Pedro will be heading to the showers by the 3rd inning.

Zim is going to be waiting for Pedro in the parking lot, and it's going to be go time.

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