Convicted felon George Steinbrenner has for years used the gunpower of the family fortune he inherited to enable those trained monkeys he hires, the ones that could – given enough time and paper – reproduce Shakespeare, to buy every free agent they coveted. In the 70s and in the early Torre years, they got it right a fair share of the time. In the past few years, though, the monkeys spent way too much on Carl Pavano, Kevin Brown, Jaret Wright, among others, but the right spaghetti strands stuck to the wall this off-season, and the monkey’s choices of Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, and the like, paid off with a title. Congrats to the monkeys, and to the dead steinbrenner (soon?). Ko-Ko hank and Chita brian will continue to do well without him.
Before the series, it seemed that they had written off Hideki Matsui for next year, especially since they seem to want the old Posada to be the primary DH next year. Now, however, he’s a bona fide WS MVP and hero, so how do you fire him? Also, if Damon stays, how could they even consider letting him anywhere near left field again? Too many DHs for one team to deal with. Go to it, monkeys.
One more note on the World Series:
Contrary to what many commentators have said, while Cliff Lee’s game one masterpiece was a great game, it was by no means one of the 10 best-pitched World Series games ever. Number one was Don Larsen’s 1956 perfect game, and number two of all time was Johnny Podres’ shutout in game 7 of the 1955 series. After that, you can easily find eight more top-teners from games pitched in the 1960s by Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, and Don Drysdale. Add to that, two or three of the great games, including, I believe three shutouts, pitched decades ago by Babe Ruth, and the REAL top-ten is full. By the way, Koufax’s 1965 game 7 and 1963 game 1, and Drysdales’ 1963 game 3, would be my next three, and maybe I’d even stick in Claude Osteen’s 1965 game 3.