Everyone you talk to or listen to seems to think the Yankees and Red Sox are a foregone pairing in the ALCS. And they may be. But given what we saw over the past few days, the Yankees and Angels would make for an entertaining seven-game series, no?
Certainly the way the managers approached risk/reward on the base paths would be an intriguing game within the game. And the weather in Anaheim would be better. Decidedly so.
Anyway, just a quick check-in on an evening without baseball. I do fewer posts than ever. And feel guilty about it.
Phil Hughes: He’s our scheduled “Innerview” for tomorrow’s “Batting Practice Today” at 6 p.m. on YES. Should be fun. He’s trying to convince me to watch “The Office” beginning with the first season instead of trying to jump in as a new viewer this season. That’s the kind of stuff we talk about on long West Coast trips. And Hughes LOVES “The Office.” I’ve seen one little episode and am nearly converted. (Long West Coast trips also allow for movie watching. Saw “The Hangover” last night and laughed like a hyena. Really, parts of that movie are hysterical.)
YES coverage: There’s not a Red Sox-Yankees game on YES this weekend, but we will have plenty of coverage. On Friday night, the BP show, pregame and postgame are on YES; the 7 p.m. game is on My9 with Kay and Leiter.
On Saturday, pregame and postgame are on YES. The 4 p.m. game is on FOX.
On Sunday, pregame and postgame are on YES. The 1 p.m. game is on ESPN.
Cone is joining Lorenz in the studio for the weekend. We could have a champagne-popping postgame, so stay tuned. This Yankees team probably will throw a heck of a clubhouse party.
Tino Martinez: To the five of you still interested in the Q&A with Tino that was scheduled for May 18, my deepest apologies. I’ve had no luck finding him. None. If I were a sensitive sort, I’d take it personally. I’m not.
So, if I see Tino between now and the end of the season, I’ll ask him some questions on the spot — first question: “Are you ducking me and my blog readers?” — and post them. Otherwise, this will sadly remain a Tino-free zone.
“This Week in Football”: I need to bounce back. After going 1-2 in my NFL picks for “This Week in Football,” I thought about quitting the picks business. But producer extraordinaire Jared Boshnack wouldn’t have it. So, I have three games to pick. It’s agony.
Sticking with the Giants over the Bucs because the Giants haven’t let me down yet and because if they need a score in the final two minutes, Eli will deliver.
I need another win, and if you think I’m going for a white-knuckler, you’re wrong. Ravens over Browns. Sooner or later, Mangini will have to come to terms with the notion that he did not invent the game.
As for the Jets, I haven’t picked them yet and they’ve burned me twice. Or I’ve burned myself. And this week they’re playing the desperate Titans. Sigh.
If I had a fantasy team, I’d want Chris Johnson on it. I think he makes the difference. Titans over Jets.