If we don't make it this year, I'm not going to explode. Injuries are a part of the game, and in 35 years since we've owned the Yankees, I've never seen a rash of injuries like this. ... It would kill any team ...Yeah, that Joba -- he's really being flying under the radar. Fuck the heck? ... And Wang has not won 19 games "every year" (see here). ... Bonus Delusion: JtC was "the most dominant starting pitcher in baseball"?
Chamberlain had become the most dominant starting pitcher in baseball and Wang has been a 19-game winner every year. You lose those two guys, it's rough. If the Red Sox lost Beckett and Lester, the whole national media would be crying about it. We lose two guys better than Beckett and Lester and you don't hear anything. ...
There's only so much you can do. ... We're going to win it next year. ... Next year we'll be extremely dangerous.
Mr. Hankee should know that injuries are part of the game -- we all remember August 2006 in Boston -- and a competent front office with $200 million to play with every freakin' year should be able to weather a majority of storms with a minimum of whining.
Red Sox players on DL in 2008: David Ortiz, Josh Beckett, Curt Schilling, Mike Lowell, Tim Wakefield, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Clay Buchholz, Julio Lugo, Alex Cora, Brandon Moss, Sean Casey, Bartolo Colon, David Aardsma, and Mike Timlin (twice).
And down in Tampa, Scott Kazmir, Rocco Baldelli, Carlos Pena, Matt Garza, and Dioner Navarro (and several others) have missed time and the team is now without both Carl Crawford and Evan Longoria.
But let's all have a good cry about the unfortunate and singled-out-to-be-picked-on-by-the-Injury-Fairy Yankees. ... But next year, when everyone is yet another year older, they'll be totally awesome!
But the real question is this: After admitting his biggest beef with the Mitchell Report was that not enough Boston players were named, throwing a fit over the idea of "Red Sox Nation", and then swearing to not talk about the Boston team again this season -- is Hank capable of uttering a single quote without mentioning the Red Sox?