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The New Yankees (Yikes!)

by Eric Being Eric

Watching the Sox game last night I was reminded of when I made the mistake of seeing The Break Up with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston. For the first 7 innings the game was extremely entertaining and watchable, but because the last 2 innings were so unbearable it left me with a horrid taste in mouth when the post game show finally started. I recently just rewatched a documentary on the 2004 season (you got to watch every once and awhile...you know...just to make sure it really happened) and I noticed one huge difference between that team and every team we've had since. They were fun to watch, this team is not. I'm not saying we're not a good team (I expect another banner to be hung next year). All I'm saying is that team was riddled with personalities with Millar, Pedro, D-Lowe, good Ortiz, Pokey, Orlando, and even (gulp!) Manny. Since that season Theo has seemingly stripped our team of any defining personable characters emulating the (don't say it!) Yankees. Now this new recipe has certainly had its perks. We won the 2007 series with a boring team (with the exception of Papelbon and his Irish step dancing). We have no one who causes any media problems now that Manny has been shipped off. While I still watch every game and will root for my team regardless of who is wearing the uniform, I do miss the days when I felt like I knew every person on the team and when we finally came back against the Yankees (and I do mean "we") it felt like the family was finally triumphing and you not only felt good for yourself but for the 25 guys on the roster as well. Now I'm not trying to rip on this Sox team because the guys seem likable enough and I do like rooting for them, but sometimes I find myself watching these games pining for the idiots of 2004.

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