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Greetings From Orlando: Notes on the Yankees and Devils

BALTIMORE - APRIL 06:  C.C. Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees wipes his head after giving up three runs in the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles during opening day on April 6, 2009 at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
JerseySenior Analyst IApril 7, 2009

Here's the good news: The Internet in Orlando has improved drastically since last year, when I could barely get a connection. The bad news: I'm still not going to be blogging consistently over my vacation. That's not really bad news for me, but it could be for my readers.

Now, on to sports. First of all, it's too early to push the panic button. The New York Post today ran a headline blaring "Money for Nothing" as CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira flopped in their Yankees debuts. Look, everyone's entitled to bad games, and these are proven vets. I know we don't expect many games like these, but can't we give them a chance to prove themselves?

I know most Yankees fans aren't concerned yet. We've played one game. One. But headlines like this only further depict the stupid New York stereotype that we're all a bunch of brash meatheads.

Tex always starts of slowly. Don't know why we'd think he's suddenly gonna go four-for-four every day with two home runs and a triple. Sabathia also got off to a slow start last year, and while this isn't tradition for him like it is with Tex, it's not like it's unheard of. He was fine last year over the season, despite a rocky April.

So let's not get our panties up in a bunch just yet. I know, we're all extra-nervous after missing the playoffs last year, but this is a long, long season. Try and make it through one game without overreacting.

If there's one team of mine that I am worried about, however, it's the Devils. After losing six straight, the squeaked-out a win against lowly Tampa Bay, then barely held on for a 3-2 win over Buffalo, after leading 3-0 at one point. And tonight, they lost again. Not good times for the Devils, and this late in the season, there's reason for legitimate concern. Hopefully, they'll rebound for the playoffs, but they don't exactly have much time to do so.

So, that's all for now. My fantasy team is off to a roaring start in the offensive department, but my pitching has been downright stinky. It'll turn around. Again, it's very, very early. No reason to panic. Yet.

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