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by user JB82
During Spring Training, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was asked how he thought his team was going to fare this season. The Boss' reply came that the World Series drought, which has plagued the Bronx Bombers since 2001, would end this year.
With the Yankees' anemic 1-3 start this season, it looks as though they might not make the postseason for the first time since 1993.
And to think that on Monday (April 3), things got off to such a great start. The Yankes beat up on the Oakland A's 15-2 in a game where Alex Rodriguez hit a grand slam and the Yanks' bats limited Barry Zito to just an inning and a third.
However, the Yanks went on to drop the last two games in the series and lost the first of a three-game set against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim or Orange County or wherever, event though the first four players in the batting order (highly touted offseason acquisition Johnny Damon, Derek Jeter, Gary Sheffield, and A-Rod) have gone a combined 12-30 during this skid. As for the pitching, the bullpen has had its moments, but Scott Proctor, a seasoned (and I use the term loosely) Yankee veteran, took the loss in a heartbreaking loss in the bottom of the 9th on Tuesday.
In all, George shouldn't have developed the brass 'nads to open his yap about the Yankees winning the Series in 2006. But then again, it is very early in the season and anything can happen between now and October 1. As the saying goes, "It's a sprint, not a marathon."
Sat 04/08/06, 8:56 am EST