This weekend had something in it for everybody: Boxing, Basketball, Tennis, Horse Racing, of course baseball, and that show about that thing of ours..
Here are my thoughts on the big 2 as far as I'm concerned:
Yankees: It is about F'n time that the Yankees started to play like, well, the Yankees. Winning 6 straight, 9 of the last 11 and gaining ground on the Sox at 9.5 back. The spark seemed to have happened either when Cairo was put on the field for what felt like his '07 debut, and when Melkey took over full time CF duties for Damon. The team looks to have a different feel to it with these guys in the lineup. Same thing happened last year as I re-call. Sheff goes down with an injury, Melkey steps in for full-time duty and provides a spark, Yanks close out the division (Torre then tinkers with the lineup and we all know what happened then... but I digress.). If the Yanks are still hot when Minky comes off of the DL, it'll be interesting to see what happens. The Bombers are only paying Mientkiwicz a buck, so who knows - maybe they'll just drop him. -- I like Cairo in the field, he waited patiently, and now he's taking advantage of his opportunities to play and help the team - very Yankee like.
On Roger Clemens - to me he looked like a pitcher making his first start of the season. He did OK, and at the OK level he is still a huge upgrade over Igawa, Karstens, Rassner, DeSalvo etc. I am glad he debuted against the Pirates though as he probably would have been taking down by a legit offensive team. He'll be better the next time out and the intangibles he brings are already present - yes he may only be playing once every five, but it ain't a bad thing to have Clippard, Henn and possibly Hughes to have some quality time with Rocket and will likely be paying dividends long after this season is done.
Abreu is clearly out of his slump and is deciding to be a man again - he was practically giggling in his post game interview about his performance versus the Pirates. The team wins when Abreu and Damon are doing their part. Not so surprisingly, with the re-surging Agreu, A-Rod is back to hitting great as well. A-Rod is currently pacing to hit 64 HRs and about 170 RBIs. Is a another MVP award waiting?
With the D-Backs on deck, we'll know for sure if this streak is legit or just a product of scheduling. D-Backs are a good team as the BoSox just found out. If we take 2 out of 3 from AZ, then I think we'll know that the ship has for sure been righted and we'll once again be on our way.
The Sopranos. About this show of ours - the finale is exactly what would drive me nuts about this series... and, it is what would keep me coming back for more as well. Only this time, there is no more. No closure - which is about right for a David Chase show. So what are we to believe? Tony stands trial because one of his guys gets popped and flips? Who is running NY? AJ finds his way with his underage girlfriend and the boys who produced Cleaver? etc. etc. etc - We are just left to guess. The one moment that gave me the most satisfaction was the elimination of Phil. I was very satisfied with how NY's boss was taken out: in front of family, head crushed slowly by an SUV so no open casket - a very justified end for him.
Anyway, the show is over, it's done. John from Cinci is no Tony Soprano and will be a short lived series is my prediction.