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Monday, March 24, 2008

Letters to the NL East, part 0

Part 0 of the 5 park series, “Letters to the NL East”

Letter to Hank Steinbrenner and the New York Yankees.

Dear Yankees,

We get it, you've won a lot. Guess what? You haven't won a lot recently. You've lost four consecutive playoff series, and the first in historic fashion. You haven't made a significant acquisition during that stretch, and you didn't this year either. You're biggest claim in the offseason was retaining the guys you had, but the guys you had didn't get you anywhere.

Joba and Ian and Phil are gods? Well, we'll see. I'm sure you don't need anyone to tell you about Generation K, or that less than 10% of top prospects succeed in the majors. Hughes and Chamberlain have already had some success, but that doesn't mean they'll be successful over a full season. Pettite's only older and it's unlikely Wang wins more than the 19 games he won last year.

Hank, you are a fiery guy who is always commenting on something. The new manager, Girardi, is also a fiery guy. I'm looking forward to the stories when you two bump heads during a tough patch down the road. Is this Steinbrenner v. Martin part two? Have you ever noticed how the biggest Yankee stories seem to be about non-baseball stuff? That's not a good thing.

Enjoy being the second team in New York this year, the buzz is all here in Queens.

Your Anti-Fan,

Optimistic Mets Fan

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