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Twins using New York Daily News front page as motivation

Oct 5, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

Yesterday the New York Daily News‘ front page featured the headline “E-Z Pass” next to a photo of Jorge Posada and this text:

Bad news: Yanks must go on the road for playoffs. Good news: They play the Twins.

Some of my fellow Minnesotans who’re apparently unfamiliar with the nature of New York newspapers and their headlines were upset about the whole thing, and now Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins have the front page “hanging on the white board in the clubhouse today.”
Trying to motivate athletes by convincing them everyone else doesn’t respect them is basically standard operating procedure at every level of every sport, but this rings sort of hollow for two reasons.
First and foremost is that no one on or even affiliated with the Yankees actually disrespected the Twins, it was just some headline writer in New York trying to sell a few extra newspapers. Beyond that, the Twins are 18-54 versus the Yankees under manager Ron Gardenhire, so the notion that New Yorkers should be happy to face Minnesota in the first round isn’t exactly a stretch. But hey, whatever works.

  1. John_Michael - Oct 5, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Funny, when I saw the headline next to Posada’s picture, I immediately figured it was some sort of dig on his throwing (in)ability.

  2. Jeff George Rocket Balls - Oct 5, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Headline probably would have been the same had the Yankees been traveling to play Texas in the first round.

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 5, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Beat the Yankers in a series, then you can say your feelings wuz hurted. Until then, STFU.

  4. Pisano - Oct 5, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Dead people can run on the Yankee catchers ! they better get a real catcher in the off season , as Posada is finished , and Cervelli never will be a top catcher . Good Luck Yankees . P. S. John Buck is a free agent 285 BA 20 HR”S one hell of an improvement over the two they have now . By the way, you can’t run on him .

  5. birdmancometh - Oct 5, 2010 at 1:09 PM


  6. The Real Shuxion - Oct 5, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    New Yorkers read?

  7. Pete leary - Oct 5, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Oh am I going to enjoy watching the fat, overpaid”buy a World Series ” Yankees getting it tucked to them by the Twins. Their pitching is a joke, Teixeira bats 258 and gets paid 18 big ones a year and Girardi is probably the most overrated manager in baseball. Even if by some freak of luck they win the AL, the Phillies will destroy them.Overpaid underachievers. Thats the 2010 Yankees!

  8. birdmancometh - Oct 5, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    I don’t think Pete is a Yankees fan.

  9. mightymike1250 - Oct 5, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    That’s what they said about the 2009 Yankees. How didi they do last year?

  10. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 5, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    Texiera makes $20 million this year, then $22.5 the next 6 years. Let’s see the Twinkies beat them once before we say they are going down to Minnesota. Otherwise, I agree with everything you said…especially the part about the Phillies destroying them.

  11. RichardInBigD - Oct 5, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    No, but the guys on news radio there just recite the headlines. It’s all they can really comprehend…

  12. doctorfunke - Oct 5, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    I highly doubt that their feelings were hurted. They probably think it’s funny that winning 94 games is a reason to be mocked. All is does is show the entitled, ignorant arrogance of the New York media.
    I really wanted the Twins to win, but now I want them to shove it right up the Yankees’ asses and then read what this third rate newspaper has to say.

  13. JoJos big boys - Oct 5, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    I didn’t know the Phillies were already in the World Series. That’s going to come as a suprise to the Reds, Giants, and Braves.

  14. BG - Oct 5, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    No but we can count to 27

  15. avg joe - Oct 5, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Headline probably would have been the same had the Yankees been traveling to play God and his Archangels in the first round.

  16. sandraa - Oct 5, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    Am sure the new guy will take… hey he can send me an email when he is done cos i will like to talk to him… hahahahahahaha thank u and Good luck

  17. sandraa - Oct 5, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    Good luck Yankees any one who like to talk to me on can send me a mail… cos i want to be come a friend of Yankees send me an email on Good luck Yankees

  18. Chuck - Oct 6, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    Hey Sandraa, try using a few punctuation marks in there. Maybe somebody will actually understand what you’re trying to say before they write you off as another mindless Yankees fan.

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