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Have You Had Your Can of Whup Ass Today ? As Prescribed To The New York Yankees ………


 
 
 

 

Have  You  Had   Your Can  of  Whup  Ass   Today  ? As  Prescribed  To  The New York  Yankees  ……………..

 

 

 

Well  the Tampa Bay  Rays  opened their  season   home   opener  for  the  Major  League Baseball  season   with the raising  of   their  American  League  Championship  Series’  banner.  With  the  fans  in  attendance  there  at   Tropicana Field  in  St Petersburg, Florida.  This  had  to be  the  most  exciting  thing   to  have   befallen    the  team  since  their   unbelievable  playoff   run  and   appearance  in  last   season’s    World  Series. 

 

 

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Rays' fans cheer as the ALCS championship banner is raised prior to the game played against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field St Petersburg, Florida. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Al Messerschmidt ..............

 

 

 

 

This  time around  in the  opener   they  would  be  facing   divisional  rivals   the  New  York  Yankees.  Of whom  it  can  be said  with  their   plethora  of  highly   paid  stars   . Absolutely   no  one  last   night  knew  what  was  about  to  unfold  before  their   very   eyes within  the  stadium.   Suffice  to  say  that  the end  result  did  not disappoint the  home  fans.   As  to  those  New York  Yankees’  fans  in  attendance  one  can  only  surmise    that their  visit  to  St  Petersburg  can  only  be  offset  by the  face that  some  in  attendance view the Rays  as  their  second  love  when  it  comes to  showing   support   for a  team ?    Well  within  the  state  of   Florida  known   for its  snowbirds   and   transplanted   residents  from   farther   afield. If you’re   not  supporting  the  Yankees or  Boston  Red Sox  . It’s   deemed  that   you’re   at all  astute   when  it  comes  to  the  game  of  baseball.   But  I  digress   I’m a   Florida  Marlins’   fan  an   proud  of  it and  I’m  English  to   boot.    So  what’d  that  make   me  ? 

 

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Rays' players celebrate their victory over divisional rivals the New York Yankees. The Rays routed the Yankees (15-5) in a lopsided win. picture appears courtesy of getty images/Al Messerscmidt ..................

 

 

 

 

What  took  place  between  these two   teams   last night  won’t   go  a   long  way  in  determining  anything  at this juncture   as  to  what’ll  happen  at  the end  of the  season.    Other than   to  suggest    that this   Yankees’   team  despite  its   high  payroll  and  roster of  stars.  It is  by   no  means   a   team  in  the  true  sense  of  the  word.  It’s  merely   a  gathering  of  forces  gathered   together  for  the  sole  purpose  of   trying  to win  a  championship.  Unfortunately  the  architects  of this   exercise   in acquiring  the   talent  they did.  They  seemed  to  have   forgotten  before  you  call  an  assembly   of  players   brought  together  as a   team.  There   has to be  cohesiveness  ,  communication   and    above all   real leadership  from   within to  begin   with.    None of  that  was  evident   last  night  as   the  Yankees   were   thoroughly    outplayed  in   every facet of  the  game. 

 

 

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Ramiro Pena and Robinson Cano of the Yankees collide infield a they attempt to catch a pop up fly ball. They would fail in the attempt. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Al Messerschmidt..........................

 

 

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Yankees' manager Joe Girardi surveys the cataclysmic events from the team's dugout as the game reaches its culmination. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Al Messerschmidt .............

 

 

 

I’m  not suggesting  that the  Yankees’  players were  disinterested  in  competing   last  night.  But  the effort   put  forth  by  them  all  was  abysmal  and   downright  disgusting  when  one  consider that   they  had a   number  of    their  fans    their  locally  turning  up   for  the  game.  Whereas  in  the   case  of  the  Rays’   fans  they   had   to  have been  delighted  with  the   outcome of the  game.    It  says  a  great  deal  when   you   hand  out  a  15-5  rout  of  this   kind.  And  all  one  tends  to  hear  from  the   opposing   fans is   that their   team played   badly  whilst  not  being  prepared  to  commend  their   opponents .  But  then  again  that’s   one   would   come  to  expect   of  from  the  New York  Yankees’  fans   in  large  part.    They’re   never satisfied  unless  they’re   the   ones  who  are handing   out  the   beatings.   That way   it   gives their   fans  a  chance  to berate  the    opposing   team   and   fans   alike.   Last  night however  the  shoe was   in  the  other   foot  as  it  was  the  Rays’  fans   who    had  the  last   laugh.

 

 

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Rays' players Pat Burrell and Carl Crawford celebrate a run being scored on the way to the team's 15-5 rout of the Yankees. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Al Messerschmidt .........

 

 

 

 

Things  started  to  go  awry   for  the  Yankees   just  after the  first   pitch  was  thrown.  From   thereon  in   it all  went  down hill    fast as  Scott Kazmir   pitched  a   gem  of  a  game for  the Rays.   And   with the  added   heroics   of  Carlos  Pena  on the  offensive  side  of things    for the  team.   This  was   indeed   an  auspicious   start to  the  season  for  the  Rays.  It’d be   remiss   to say  that  they   weren’t  other   contributions    from  this   team   as they   overwhelmed  the  Yankees.  Suffice   to  say  that  there  were   some  very  spectacular   defensive   plays    in  the  outfield  by    some  very  enthusiastic  Rays’  players.    They  epitomized   the   meaning  of the  word   team   in  playing   with  a  passion   and   for  each  other.    Which  was  the  complete  antithesis  of  what  we   witnessed  last  night   from  the  New  York Yankees.  The  team  concept  wasn’t  anywhere   evident to  be   witnessed    at  all  last  night. 

 

 

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Rays' pitcher Scott Kazmir acknowledges the applause of the home crowd as he leaves the mound at the end of the seventh inning of the game. picture appears courtesy of getty images/Al Messerschmidt .................

 

                                                                                                               

 

 

As things   unraveled   for  the Yankees   you  could  tell  that  the  team’s   manager  Joe  Girardi  was in over  his   head.   So  much  so   that it  may well  have   surprised  many  when  he   chose   first  baseman   Nick  Swisher   to be  a  reliever  in  his  pitching  rotation  for  last   night’s  game.     Such   was  his   disdain   and   distrust  more   likely  than   not   for  what  they  had  offered    throughout the  night.    With  his  starting   pitcher   Chien  Ming-Wang  looking  anything   but  indecisive.  It   didn’t augur  for  the   night’s  display  by  the  team   both   offensively  and   defensively.

 

 

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Yankees' infielder Nick Swisher seen here pitching in relief in the eighth inning against the Devil Rays. Girardi resorted to this as he was distrustful of his relief pitchers on the bench who'd offered him nothing whatsoever. picture appears courtesy of getty images/Al Messerschmidt ...........

 

 

 

In  the first two innings  of the  game   the Rays  were able  to  put   up   9  unanswered runs .  And  the  rout   had   began  and   by  the  seventh  inning   the  game  was  already  beyond  the Yankees’  reach.   At   that  time  the  Rays   held   a  15-3  lead.    The white  flag of  surrender   wasn’t   yet  placed   atop  of   the  flagpole  but it  might  as  well  have been.   The  Yankees  were   only  able   to  answer  with  a   measly   two  runs  in  the  eighth   inning.  And  with   the  Rays   basically   playing  an   adept   game  with  all  of  the  aplomb  one  would   expect  of   a   team  with   new   found  respect.   All  that  was   left  for  the   team  was   to  devour  their   victim  and   end   the   game   mercifully.  Which   was  exactly  what   they  did   in   this   rout   of   the  New York Yankees.

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