I’m very nervous about this weekend. I’m going to be in Connecticut for the weekend. Now that has a few implications. I probably won’t be able to watch the first two games of this weekend’s series live. I also probably shouldn’t watch the Sunday night game because I’m taking the GRE’s Monday morning. That sucks. Many times over. Yankees-Red Sox games are always epic and well worth the four to five hours that they usually take. They have made for some of the best games of the past few years and you never know when you’ll see an instant classic. What else sucks about being in CT for the weekend, you may be asking me…well…it’s way to close to Red Sox nation for my liking. In fact, you’re probably just as likely to see a Red Sox fan as a Yankees fan there. Where I come from, that’s a very strange thing. The one thing I hate about going back to school is the 100,000% increase in Sox fans that I see and deal with on a daily basis.
Anyway, enough about my self-pity. How about the start to this road trip for the Yankees. With three games to go in it, worst case scenario is that they go 5-5 on it, which is pretty darn good on the road. 5-2 against two teams that the Yankees should beat is good. It’s a good sign that they’re beating teams that they should beat. With my GREs coming up and the fact that they’ve been on the west coast, I (shamefully) haven’t been able to watch much of the games so I don’t really have all that much to say about them other than that.
Something I do want to talk about some more is how amazing Joe Mauer is playing this season. He is having one of those seasons that very few other players have had. And the other players who have had seasons like this are legends. I don’t want to call Joe Mauer a legend (yet), but this season he’s having is stuff that legends are made of. Being on a list with Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, and Babe Ruth tells you something about the season Mauer is having (.380 BA and 25 HR through 119 games). The thing that saddens me about this is that this will probably be one of Mauer’s last seasons in Minnesota. It seems the only hope for him staying in Minny would be his agent, Ron Shapiro, being a trendsetter. Shapiro was the agent for both Kirby Puckett and Cal Ripken JR. and managed to keep them with the same teams throughout their careers. However, this is a different day and age and players are being offered ridiculously larger salaries from certain teams (cough…Yanks…cough…Sox…cough). If Mauer even approaches the numbers he’s putting up this year next season, he’ll easily become one of the richest players in baseball. He’s a hometown guy in Minnesota, and it would be very sad to seem him leave there, but this is the state of baseball these days.