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Wait — did 2009 actually happen?

Oct 28, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

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I’m sorry to be fixated on Yankees stuff this afternoon, but apparently watching two teams that aren’t the Yankees play in the World Series is driving the New York writers crazy.

Lupica’s column today is about how, for all the money the Yankees have spent in the past decade, they only have the one World Series title to show for it. Or, put differently, only one “[s]ince Mike Piazza hit one into Bernie Williams’ glove at the end of the 2000 Subway Series.” But I guess a decade is technically a decade and who are we to dwell on something that happened 11 seasons out? Ancient history.

Anyway, this is my favorite passage:

Two years ago, the Yankees spent $425 million on Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett. When those guys finally put the Yankees back on top in 2009, we heard it was part of a grand master plan. Only now the Yankees get pistol-whipped by the Rangers, and the immediate thought – demand? – to make things right is to go spend another $125 million, or whatever it is going to take, to get the best pitcher out there this year, Cliff Lee.
Only in New York could someone caveat-away a one-year-old World Series title like that. It’s as if it didn’t matter and the plan that led to that title was a big fraud or something.
  1. thinman61 - Oct 28, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Oh, I’m pretty sure the Boston media can be just as “what have you done for me lately’. Lupica is a tool. It’s best to just lump his scribblings in the same general category as the Unabomber Manifesto and ignore them.

    • Ari Collins - Oct 28, 2010 at 4:35 PM

      Boston media can be nearly as bad. Even with two of the last six championships. But they didn’t start the very next year. The Boston sports media’s pissed that it’s going to be three years without one, but at least there isn’t a sense of entitlement that we have to win it every year. Just… every few years. : )

      • osmodious - Oct 29, 2010 at 12:47 AM

        I have to disagree with you…the Boston media is worse. Yeah, Lupica (who IS a tool, totally), is pulling some typical ‘over the top’ NY media BS and is pretty defeatist considering the Yankees relative success, but the Boston media would pull a ‘the Sox are doomed next year’ story out of their butts the DAY after winning the World Series, let alone a year later.

      • Kevin S. - Oct 29, 2010 at 8:25 AM

        Hey, do you expect Dan Shaughnessy to take the Red Sox ruining all his curse-mongering laying down?

  2. chipmaker023 - Oct 28, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    The Yankees don’t get to build for a championship team. The Yankees have to build for a dynasty. And it has to BE a dynasty. 27 notches on the team bedpost just is not enough!

  3. uyf1950 - Oct 28, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Is Mike Lupica even relevant? Who cares what he says, thinks or writes. His articles and commentary are so bias as to be laughable.

  4. sdelmonte - Oct 28, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    On the plus side, Lupica isn’t picking on the Mets today.

    That will come tomorrow, when he joins O’Connor to go after Alderson.

  5. Jonny 5 - Oct 28, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Get used to it. It’s going to be a long winter in NYC…..

  6. Utley's Hair - Oct 28, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    I’ll say no, it didn’t happen. So the Phightins are still defending champs. Woohoo!! And Harry’s still alive. Yeah, man!!!!

    But wait…Pete Happy is still at the hot corner and Polly is still at Utley base in Detroit…Hamels is sucking wind and carrying a dog in a back pack…Doc Halladay isn’t here…Kendrick hasn’t turned the corner…oh, well that still hasn’t happened yet…I am so conflicted…

    • damasomarte - Oct 28, 2010 at 3:45 PM

      And Howard didn’t take one looking at the knees with the tying run on second…

  7. scatterbrian - Oct 28, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    “Two years ago, the Yankees spent $425 million on Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett.”

    It bugs me when writers say stuff this way. The Yankees committed to paying that much money for 20 seasons of service from three guys, but it’s always phrased as though they wrote three checks totaling $425M in one off-season.

    • bigharold - Oct 28, 2010 at 11:46 PM

      Oh sure logic and reason. Exactly where do you think that is going to get you with Lupica or anybody else that devotes a thousand or so words to whining about the Yankees resources.

      If Lupica is writing about the Yankees he’s try to convince the last three devoted readers he has how they’re bad, .. bad for baseball, .. bad for America, .. bad for the planet.

      According to Lupica the Yankees are responsible for global warming. I bet you didn’t know that.

  8. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 28, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    Come on, it’s Lupica. He’s a mets fan (and an idiot to boot) so of course he’d write something like this. Anything you ever want to know about Lupica just check the archives at FJM.

  9. Kevin S. - Oct 28, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    I’m pretty sure the only good writers in New York who cover the Yankees are Chad Jennings and Andrew Marchand (sometimes). Other than that? Nuttin.

    • bigharold - Oct 28, 2010 at 11:39 PM

      Madden is pretty good.

      Lupica is just a bitter little man that’s had it in for the Yankees for decades. It couldn’t be that he grew up in New England and went to BU?

      Nah, .. he’s just a Pr$%K.

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