Monday, November 01, 2004

Rivalry Roundtables

Over the weekend, I participated in a roundtable over at Alex Belth's Bronx Banter website, on the Yankees/Red Sox Rivalry, the 2004 Edition, along with bloggers Jay Jaffe, Cliff Corcoran, Mike Carminati, and Patrick Sullivan (a/k/a "Sully") and columnists Rob Neyer and King Kaufman. Here are the links:
Also at the Bronx Banter website, there's a great guest-column by Christopher DeRosa, addressing "The Character Problem". Here's a great quote:

But writers’ observations about the Yankees’ alleged character problem lack credibility when you know from experience that they were perfectly ready to write it the other way. If Mariano Rivera, whom we generally agree is not a gutless loser, has a better inning in game 4, then the Yankees would have been gritty pros, and the Red Sox would have been underachievers who talk too much. The sports media present a world in which only one team in thirty has heart, and they’ll let you know which one it is right after the last out of the World Series.

In other news, the Yanks have already cut strings with Travis Lee, and elected not to pick up Paul Quantrill's option ... for 2006. A bunch of Yankee prospects are in the Arizona Fall League, where reliever Sam Marsonek, being used as a starter by the Grand Canyon Rafters, is among the league leaders in strikeouts (yes, we're desperate for baseball news here). This story also features a rare sighting of Cuban refugee Yobal Duenas, the national team second baseman the Yanks picked up last Spring. He's listed as a DH for the Rafters, and apparently he spent last season getting "some" Gulf Coast League action.
I guess that's one player to write off the depth chart.
Elsewhere on the web, YES editor Will Weiss does a good job telling us what the Red Sox and Inigo Montoya have in common in The Dread Pirate Red Sox.

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