July 5, 2008

BOY, IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG...:

Scorn on the 4th of July for Yanks? Not anymore (Ken Davidoff, July 4, 2008, Newsday)

The Fourth of July serves as a traditional baseball landmark, one of those natural points of assessment. It probably won't surprise you to learn that here with the Yankees, it has been something so much more.

Yes, back in George Steinbrenner's prime, you could feel the heat turned up in the Yankees' clubhouse on this day. Most certainly, you didn't want to lose on The Boss' birthday. And you'd have a far nicer holiday if you resided in first place.

So go ahead and regard Friday as another failed test for Steinbrenner's club and for first-year Yankees manager Joe Girardi. Another warning sign in a season in which there's little indication of an imminent turnaround.

Only without the old ramifications.


...for the Rays to replace the Yanks as the Sox big rivals.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 5, 2008 8:13 AM
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