One game does not make a season.
April games don't count.
Come see me in October.
Oh yeah, what is the Red Sox record?
26 World Championships, baby.
I know all the cliches, and every one of them is, or may be, true. I am well aware that at some point the Red Sox or the Rays may be equally embarrassed. I am quite certain that the Yankees are not going to be a .500 team on October 1, and feel confident that their Championship drought will not go on indefinitely.
At some point in time, the Yankees will again sip champagne while I eat a piece of humble pie.
But for now, for today, for this moment in time, isn't this frickin' awesome?
Am I alone in my jubilation sitting in front of the tube and watching the Indians leading 20-2 after five innings in the new Yankee Stadium?
The auspicious start in the "House that City Taxpayers Built" looks like this after 23 innings all time.
Runs for: 10
Runs against: 35
Record for runs in one inning by an opposing team: 14
ERA of starting staff: 11.50 (14 Runs in 11 innings)
ERA of relief staff: 13.50 (21 Runs in 14 innings); This includes a perfect inning of work by utility infielder, Nick Swisher.
To me, this is the equivalent of seeing Louis Skolnick banging Stan Gable's girlfriend in the Revenge of the Nerds; we all knew that Stan would eventually get Bette Childs back.
But, while Gilbert is planting some seed, weren't you just cheering like a mad man?
And if this isn't enough to make the Steinbrenner's collective ulcer's bleed, add this to the top of the Yankee House of Cards:
- Xavier Nady has an injured elbow.
- Joba Chamberlain is 0-0 with a 5.06 ERA and six walks in nine innings, and still dodging shrapnel from his NY and Yogi bashing video during his DUI arrest.
- With only five innings gone in today's blood bath, there are five members of your bullpen that have an ERA over 6.75.
- Chien-Ming Wang is 0-3 with a 34.50 ERA, hasn't lasted more than four innings in any start, and hasn't won since last June 17.
- Cody Ransom, the replacement for Alex Rodriguez, is hitting .121 and has struck out 11 times in 33 AB.
- Mark Teixeira, the $180 million dollar man, is hitting .179 and has taken a cortisone shot in his wrist.
- Hideki Matsui is hitting .143, and looks over-powered and old at the plate.
- Ten of the team's next seventeen games are against the Angels, the Red Sox, and the Rays.
- The Human Lightening-Rod is due to return in two weeks, and then will begin hearing the steroid chants.
I don't know where it will all end, and I guess that's why the games are played, but for today, and for this brief snippet in time, I find myself sitting on the couch and shouting NERDS, NERDS, NERDS!!!