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Can Someone Turn Up the Heat?

It’s 9:00 PM and I’m sitting at home; warm and snug with the heat on 72. What’s killing me is knowing that I’ve never had the heat on in the middle of May! Why that’s a free month; you know, the one where you open all the windows; let the fresh air come in and sleep like a baby. Unfortunately; the windows are closed; it’s freezing cold on my deck and I’m stuck inside watching the Yankees on the big screen as opposed to chillin’ and watching outside. Man, I can’t wait to have a real Summer night. And you know what; neither can every Yankee on the entire roster – except maybe some of the boys that are throwing the pill – and Curtis.

Joe Girardi said it yesterday; and I was glad that he finally admitted what I’ve known since this season started – the “Boys of Summer” are not feeling like the “Boys of Summer.” In fact; as I discussed in a past column, they are coming out of the thaw……at least we thought they were!

Since May 1st; we did have a few days where it was warm enough to run down to the beach and take a jog in the sand. But those moments were short and far between and now the team is still playing in 55 – 60 degree weather during the evenings. The chill is still in the air as if it’s March 29th and we’re getting ready for the opener. And it’s not only here in the East; the entire country has had a much harsher; colder spell of weather than normal……and it’s starting to tick me off!

Bottom line – the story is not about how in 2011 the pitchers figured out a way to drive batting averages down 20 points or more. The story is about when the climate is going to shift to a warm Spring; a week of 70 degree nights and 80 degree days. Once we get back to normal end of May weather; I believe several of the Yankee bats and some of the pitchers that are struggling will come back alive. For many of our guys; they are not used to this and need the heat to remove the sting and do their thing.

Hang in there Boys – I hear The Eagles greatest hit will be playing at the ballpark soon……as soon as the heat is turned up a few notches.
Bring on the heat Big Guy; your Yankees need your help! Don’t worry Curtis; nothing the matter with you, we’ll wake you up in November!

Mike Antoniotti
Staff Writer
NYYUniverse.com

  1. I don't care what the temp. is, Mike. Granderson is 2nd in The Major Leagues with 12 home runs and leads the (regulars) Yankees in hitting but has only 26 RBI's. Considering he's usually batting 2nd in the line-up behind Jetes does this say anythings about The Captain? I think its time to make a move in the line-up. Maybe Jorge's statement by taking himself out of the line-up and out of his 9th place spot had more to say than some have thought.

  2. I agree Ronnie – their lack of production with RISP is pathetic. There have been a lot of solo home runs. They just can't seem to squeeze a run when it counts. A sweep in the Bronx tonight is going to have the full attention of the front office. And in regard to Jorge; I hope they do the right thing and make him a player/coach after the All-Star break…..it's the best way to transition a very proud warrior that wasn't afraid to rule the roost. Cashman; on the other hand, may have some time on his hands later this summer so he can head over to ye emerald isle to dance the Irish jig.

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