After a decade of depressing, losing and frequently last-place seasons, the Seattle Mariners are off to a spirit-raising strong start in 2014. With Robinson Cano joining the fold, they've won five of their first eight games, spent every day in first place and even had the Super Bowl champion Seahawks throw out the ceremonial first pitch at their home opener.
But who cares? Cano doesn't play for the Yankees anymore. The only thing that matters in baseball right now is that Derek Jeter and the Yankees are playing the Red Sox this weekend!
Thursday night marks the beginning of just six series and only 19 games between the only two teams that matter in Major League Baseball -- and really, it just doesn't seem fair that these matchups are so rare. That's why it's so important that we all hunker down on our couches for these four games because we'll have to wait all the way until April 22 before we see the only two teams that matter play each other again.
Of course, it's always possible that they can meet in the postseason if both teams advance to October. And every fan, everywhere in the world, is rooting for that to happen because THE YANKEES AND RED SOX ARE THE ONLY TWO TEAMS THAT MATTER!!
But if the prayers of every fan everywhere are answered with the first postseason series between the Yankees and Red Sox since 2004, which team should we root for the most? That's so difficult to answer, because there are so many reasons that both New York and Boston deserve a triumphant season, and that every fan everywhere wants both teams to win.
For example, we need to finally end the agonizing days and weeks of misery endured by those thousands upon thousands of New England newborns who have not seen the Red Sox win a World Series in their lifetime. Oh sure, those insufferable Cubs fans might whine about how their team hasn't won a World Series since 1908, but what do they know about true suffering? The Red Sox haven't won a World Series at the Huntington Avenue Grounds since 1903! And because they now play in America's Most Beloved Ballpark, they won't be able to do it again this year!
Cubs fans are complaining about never winning in Wrigley? Please. Wrigley has hosted six World Series, while the new Yankee Stadium has hosted only one. So don't be so damn greedy, you spoiled, spoiled Cubs fans.
This, of course, is Jeter's final season; and Mr. October/First Week of November deserves to go out in full glory in a postseason game, possibly while homering into the outstretched glove of Jeffrey Maier (no video replay on that one). You know Ernie Banks will feel just awful if Jeter retires having reached the postseason in only 17 of his 20 major league seasons.
If the Yankees reach the postseason, we'll finally be able to see some coverage of Masahiro Tanaka, their virtually anonymous starting pitcher who has been completely ignored by the media because they are so busy inundating us with coverage of starters for the Royals, Pirates, Orioles, Mariners and other teams that simply don't matter. C'mon! We are talking about a Yankees pitcher! He deserves some pub! Seeing him on the mound in the postseason, possibly facing Adam Jones, would be reason to throw a party.