New York State of Mind
Ah, being a grown up is so much fun, isn’t it? Really powerful, historical, ground-breaking adults have been making all kinds of dumb moves in recent days. And the pundits will never get tired of these goings on. Really, they won’t. Ever. I know because I’ve been listening to them all evening. I even got to see Pat
Buchanan tell a female panelist on MSNBC’s Live with Dan Abrams to
"shut up" so he could go on to say Ferraro was absolutely right…and then over on CNN, Anderson Cooper interviewed a P.*.M.P. (a real live one) to get an inside look at the world of executive women of the night and their frequent high-profile political clients. Ah, thank the gods we can always get away from it all with baseball…
…unless you’re watching the Yankees. Yes, they’re up to their old tricks again. Does anyone really wonder why so many people hate the Yankees? No one loves to hate the Orioles. No one loves to hate the Padres. The Reds? No. Seriously, that malicious take-out slide (in a spring training game!) by Shelley Duncan just days after they nailed Eva Longoria–er, I mean, Evan Longoria, sorry…one-track mind–was more than just trying to break up the play; it was trying to break up Aki Iwamura’s kneecap.
But we’re used to seeing these kinds of antics from the Pinstripes. And I’m not saying that poor sportsmanship doesn’t happen on other teams; I’m sure it does, but because it happens in Pittsburgh or Oakland or Minneapolis, where the BIG MEDIA MACHINE doesn’t care or even know that baseball exists, we’ll never hear about it.
Instead we’ll be fixated on Duncan cleating Aki, or A-Rod’s sleezy "I got it!" move in Toronto, or Clemens throwing a bat shard at Piazza, or A-Rod slapping the ball out of Arroyo’s glove, or Zimmer taking a swing at Pedro, or Hillary (who was born and raised in Chicagoland) saying "I’ve always been a Yankees Fan." Ah, the Yankees. Gotta love ’em.
Don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.