This from the Lakeland Florida Ledger......illuminating......a look inside the tension that is the Yankee clubhouse. Not a huge surprise after their "on the field" ineptitude that we all enjoyed Saturday, and Friday and Thursday......Here we go....
"It was late August when Johnny Damon took a long, hard look around the clubhouse and was appalled at what he saw. "Let's go (bleep-bleepers), wake up," Damon shouted. The center fielder had had enough of the Yankees' listlessness; it was so disturbingly different from the crazy energy he once shared with the Red Sox at Fenway. But instead of rallying the Yankees, Damon was met with silence.
That, and a cold stare across the room from Randy Johnson. Damon was so unnerved by the apathy, he later asked a team official, "Did I do something wrong?"
Sadly, that incident serves as a microcosm of the 2006 Yankees, and is why George Steinbrenner will soon fire Joe Torre. Despite the billion dollars he's spent since the last world championship in 2000, The Boss has only a series of October failures to show for it. The Yankees are rich, but soft. They can hit, but not when it counts. They talk about pinstripe tradition, but the roster is plagued by petty rivalries and jealousies that act as a cancer in the postseason.
Derek Jeter can't stand Alex Rodriguez and refuses to come to his defense. Mike Mussina doesn't like A-Rod, either, although, come to think of it, the Stanford grad hasn't much use for any of his teammates. No one talks to Johnson. Everyone thinks Carl Pavano is a joke. The Yankees' best pitcher, Chien-Ming Wang, is isolated by his limited knowledge of English.
On and on, the list of dysfunctions keeps going.
Peter here....after reading that, I do have to say SOMETHING! Surprise surprise? No, no. We all could tell that the tension that has infested the Yankee clubhouse, so easily recognizable with their on field-in public-in front of the nation (ha ha!) performances, has permeated the team as it is known now. Later? Maybe 3 months or so? The pinstripe uniforms will be filled with different millionaires. Such is the nature of George Steinbrenner's beast. Me? I'll just sit back and enjoy. Enjoy it with me. And smile...........