Herald’s Koji-tations Are Krazy

October 19, 2013

The hardreading staff gets it that Pennant Fever Grips Hub Tabloid (just check out pages 1 through 5, along with the actual Sports section).

But then the feisty local fanzoid goes overboard.

From today’s Back Page:

 

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Uehara among greats? Really?

The guy has 24 saves. Lifetime.

Including his five-out save Thursday night against the Detroit Tigers in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series — which, with Game 6 set for tonight at Fenway Park, moved the Red Sox to within one win of going to the World Series — Uehara has a 0.52 ERA, 24 saves in 26 chances, and a ridiculous 70-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 48 appearances since taking over as closer in mid-June.

 

That’s a great year, no question. But then to start tossing in names like Eric Gagne (major-league-record 55 consecutive saves) and Trevor Hoffman (601 career saves, second-most all-time) seems a bit premature.

And not to get all such-small-portions on you, but how do you do a whole piece on great closers and never mention Mariano Rivera – the greatest of them all – once?

Chalk this up as a blown save.

P.S. Before anyone says the piece is based on catcher David Ross calling Uehara great (“Yeah,”  Ross said yesterday, “I’ve caught a lot of great closers in my career.” Koji Uehara? “Right up there,” he said, never hesitating), that means Uehara among greats should have been in quotes. Otherwise, the Herald owns it.


Did Dan Shaughnessy Just Jinx the Sox?

October 6, 2013

It’s called a kahn aynhoreh, “the magical phrase uttered to ward off the evil eye” according to The Joys of Yiddish.

And Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy failed to say it in his front-page piece in today’s Sports section.

1005slider16-13070Is it really necessary to go to Tampa?

Do we really have to go to Tampa/St. Pete? Can’t we just forgo the formalities and let the Red Sox advance to the American League Championship Series on sheer style, dominance, karma, and duende?

The Duck Dynasty/ZZ Top/Fidel Castro Red Sox look unbeatable at this hour. They bested the fatigued Rays, 7-4, at Fenway Park again on Saturday night and will send 12-1 Clay Buchholz to the mound to finish the series Monday.

 

And it gets even worse at the end:

It makes you want to fast-forward to the Fall Classic. Do you want the Dodgers (Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford), the Braves (who played here in Boston until the early 1950s), the Pirates (lost to the Red Sox in the first World Series in 1903) or the Cardinals (Series opponents in ’46, ’67 and ’04)?

That’s getting too far ahead. For sure.

But putting the Sox in the ALCS is not too far ahead.

Bring on the Tigers. Bring on the A’s.

This one is over.

 

Seriously, boychik? You’re actually saying that? First of all, if any town should appreciate the possibility of improbable comebacks, it’s Boston. Beyond that, even though there’s almost no way the Rays will come back, the accent is on almost. Shaughnessy should know that.

If the unthinkable now happens, you know who to blame.

 


Who Hates the Yankees More: The Globe or The Herald?

October 19, 2012

As a Made Yankee Fan in Boston, the hardreading staff is entirely gobsmacked by the Chernobylesque meltdown of the Bronx Bummers in the ALCS.

The locals here in Boston – and the local dailies – are lovin’ it, of course. As well they should.

But which paper loves it more?

The Boston Globe throws this high hard one on page 3 of the Sports section:

Tigers complete sweep of Yankees

DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers didn’t simply sweep the New York Yankees out of baseball’s postseason on Thursday; they embarrassed them in every way one team can another.

An 8-1 victory in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series gave the Tigers their first pennant since 2006 and completed a most thorough rout of the Yankees.

The Tigers never trailed in the series, outscoring the Yankees, 19-6. They were the fifth team in history to sweep a best-of-seven series without trailing in any game. The Red Sox were the last team to do it, crushing the Cardinals in the 2004 World Series.

“If someone told me we would sweep the Yankees in this series, I would have told them they were crazy,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

Us too. But the Tigers did, much to the delight of the Boston Herald, which devotes its back page to the the Pinstrikes’ plunge.

 

 

To elaborate:

Yankees crash

NY faces many questions in offseason

DETROIT — In the span of one month, the 2011 Red Sox [team stats] mutated from World Series contenders into a team that choked on everything except its fried chicken.

The fall of the 2012 Yankees took only five days.

And what happens next figures to be fascinating.

The Red Sox learned the hard way that their rapid demise was rooted in more than merely one horrendous month. After taking over for Theo Epstein, general manager Ben Cherington only minimally tweaked the roster, and 93 losses later, the Sox suffered their worst season in 47 years.

So, although the Yankees won 95 games and the AL East title, the events of the past week have made it abundantly clear that GM Brian Cashman has nearly as much work to do this offseason as Cherington. The Yanks may have finished 26 games better than the Red Sox, but it somehow feels like they’re almost as far from winning another World Series.

And just for good measure, the Herald threw this into the mix:

Yankees lose their identity, lose their way

DETROIT — The growing chants of ‘sweep, sweep, sweep,’ cascaded from the rafters, an upper deck-to-dugout reminder of just how stunningly far and fast this Yankee season crashed to its end. This team didn’t just get swept out of the American League Championship Series by the 8-1 beating the Tigers put on them Thursday in Detroit; they were stripped bare of their pride, outclassed to the point that they couldn’t even take a lead for one of the 39 innings they played.

The home crowd bubbled with excitement as the Yankees took their final, feeble ninth-inning swings, and unleashed its full euphoria when Jayson Nix’s pop-up landed with the final out in Prince Fielder’s glove. But while Detroit’s door to delirium opened, a different one slammed shut on the Yankees. Devastated and disappointed, distracted and defeated, they walked off Comerica Park’s field as a hollowed out shell of the group that barely a week before, had willed its gritty, gutty self to a decisive Game 5 ALDS win over Baltimore.

Hard to argue with that. And hard to deny that the New York Post just might hate the Yankees even more than the Boston dailies do.

Page One (via the Newseum’s Today’s Front Pages):

 

 

As for the hardcringing staff, we believe the only clutch performance by a Yankee was Joe Girardi’s benching of Alex “No Connection” Rodriguez. If there’s one good thing that comes out of this dismal postseason, it might be that Mr. September comes off the Yankee roster.

See you around the Hot Stove.