Take today for example. I'm listening to Mike Francessa and Chris Russo (Mike and the Mad Dog as they are known) on WFAN - the first-ever all-sports radio statio in the country.
(Francessa is the fat one, Russo the one who looks like Tony's nephew Christopher Multisanti.)
They were talking Yankees and they were talking playoffs.
I tuned in to here Russo talking about a Yankee playoff scenario against the Tribe. It went something almost exactly like this. (the comments are exceprted from a longer spiel, but are not taken out of context).
"If the Yankees get the Indians.... that's just what you want if you're a Yankee fan."
"They (the Indians) have no closer. Boworski couldn't save a big game to save his life. Carmona you can't count on. Sabathia .. eh .. he's OK. The Yankees will match him up with Pettitte."
"I just don't see the Yankees losing the American League. I will be stunned, shocked, if the Yankees don't win the A.L. I'd be surprised if they even work up a sweat in the playoffs."
I was in the car on my way to get that examination that all of us of the male persuasion get when we're about 50 or so, and at that point the thought of the doctor's looming finger seemed like a pleasant break from what I was hearing on my car radio.
Having been duly prodded, I rejoined the conversation after leaving the doctor's office.
I turned on the radio to hear Francessa giving the Angels at least a shot in a series against the Yankees. I guess in the interest of balance.
"The Angels are a tough out. They win their 94 games every year. They're a tough out."
I guess by "tough out" he means they could give the Yankees a difficult time. Batters can be "tough outs,"what the phrase means when applied to an entire team, I can only guess.
Russo, a short time later (also apparently in an effort to bring the conversation back down to earth a little bit) made this observation:
"If you want to create a scenario against the Yankees, maybe you have Sabathia shut down the left -handed side of that Yankee lineup and you see the Indians making it 1-1 after two and then somehow get it to game five and then ... Sabathia again."
These guys, by the way, are the same guys who fielded a phone call from a New York-area Tribe fan yesterday. While the caller was trying to make the case for the Tribe's pitching Francessa was talking over him like a six-year-old drowning out his mom when she's trying to make a point he's not interested in hearing.
He just kept saying "All I keep hearing from Indians fans is this "My Carmona" crap. My Carmona, My Carmona."
I guess he must have been the captain on the debating team in college.
When the Tribe fan enlightened the two hosts to the existence of Jensen Lewis, they both had fun with that as well because neither of them knows who the hell Jensen Lewis is. Russo admitted he's "never heard of Lewis. I'll have to look into him." His producer then punched up Lewis' stats. He read them off, said "pretty impressive. Back after this," then went to a commercial.
If that Tribe fan is reading this, thanks for taking the bullet.
Taking a realistic look at things, the Yankee lineup is scary but they went into a two-month slump early in the year.
Russo also has a point (though well overstated) about Borowski. I, frankly, don't feel comfortable with him in a big spot, but I'd take the rest of the Tribe's pen over New York's.
If it comes about, a Yankee-Cleveland series will be a terrific hitting team with sometimes-good pitching facing an up-and-down offense which is supported by outstanding starters and a decent pen.
I think, at the very least, we'll see the Yankees break a sweat - if not lose in four.