The only people who believe the Yanks have a chance, are Yankee fans themselves. If the Yankees had the confidence in themselves, maybe they wouldn’t find the need to self-medicate. Although after their past couple seasons, few can blame them.
This season, the Red Sox have the perfect blend of youth, talent and experience, to bring home another pennant. The Yankee’s, who go on a spending spree year after year searching for new hope for their team, seem destined to only buy over-priced goods. Just as they did this year with Burnett and Teixeira. Perhaps the Yankee management should look into how the Red Sox stay winners. They develop their stars in the farm league.
Dustin Pedroia, last season’s Rookie Of The Year, is just beginning to make his mark in baseball. In just two years of big league, Pedroia has netted a Golden Glove, MVP and the coveted Rookie award. Starting pitcher Jon Lester showed his strength by beating cancer, then the Yanks. In 2008, Lester threw a No-hitter, proving he is a man to be reckoned with on the mound. He and fellow No-Hit pitcher Clay Buchholtz, along with Pedroia, Ellsbury, Papelbon, are all products of the Red Sox farm system. Signing Mark Buehrle gave the Red Sox yet one more slinger capable of throwing a No-Hitter. He threw one in 2007.
With the roster the Boston Red Sox have unfolded, it will be an interesting year for sure. Their infield is decorated with Golden Gloves and braun, in Pedroia, Youkilus and Lowell. The outfield is an excellent mix of speed and arm strength, with Jason Bay, Jacoby Ellsbury and power-hitting JD Drew. The pitching staff is amazing with the likes of Josh Beckett, Dice K, Lester, and Tim Wakefield, who always keeps batters and fans guessing. Boston relievers Jonathon Papelbon, Justin Masterson, Ramon Ramirez along with several other aces, are known as the best bullpen in the league. These fine players are managed by one of baseball’s best, Terry Francona
As for the expensive Yanks, Johnny Damon, is a former Red Sox who is still loved in Boston. He plays well no matter where he is located. CC Sabathia is a great pitcher, just not against the Red Sox. His 2-4 record and 3.91 ERA against them, does not stimulate fear. Teixeira is another high price Yankee who doesn’t fare well against the Sox. He bats only .223 when playing them.
Of course if we talk pretty faces, the Yanks are a handsome club. Pretty-boys is what they are called in Boston. The new Yankee stadium is beautiful. However in the sport of baseball, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and inner beauty radiates talent, youth, experience and the determination it takes to win. This makes the Boston Red Sox the better team in 2009.