By Eddie Mayrose
New York Baseball Fans Never Learn
It happens every spring. One of our two, local nines gets off to a slow start and the “First Time-Long Time” experts light up the phone lines on the talk shows. Last season, after the Yankees had blown their first eight contests with the Red Sox, the signings of Mark Teixeira and C.C. Sabathia were questioned; as was the competence of manager Joe Girardi. Just curious; how’d 2009 work out for the Bombers in the end? Yet, even in the middle of a strong start to 2010, Yankee fans are again showing off their short memory; this time looking to hang struggling starter, Javier Vasquez. Despite the fact that Vasquez was an All Star in his first go-round in the Bronx, won a World Series in Chicago, is coming off the best season of his dominant career and was acquired for next to nothing, the so-called experts cite the grand slam he surrendered to Johnny Damon in the 2004 ALCS as the reason he’ll never be able to succeed in New York. Remember that down the stretch as they’re chanting his name in the ninth inning of a two hit shutout.