Found October 15, 2012 on CJ Sports NFL Talk:
As a Yankees fan, it bothers me that we supposedly “buy” championships. In recent years, the Yankees have only won 2 championships; 2000 and 2009. How does that constitute buying anything? Seems to me that we should have spent more if that were the case. I digress. Here we are again, another postseason division win, the start of the ALCS, and now 10 games away from a 28th World Series championship. Here are the specifics. The Yankees are in a 0-2 hole right off the bat. They are expected to come back against a red-hot Tiger team that has momentum on their side. The loss of Girardi’s father and the Captain of the Yankees must fuel the fire that burns deep for number 28. There are other factors that come into play. A-Rod. With Jeter out, the Alex Rodriguez must step up immediately to bring this club into World Series contention. Game 1 of the ALDS, Rodriguez went 0-4 with 3 K’s. Game 2 he went 1-4 with 2 K’s. Game 3, 0-3 with 2 more K’s. You see the pattern. He was ultimately benched in Game 5 in order to make way for others to make it happen for him. Game’s 1 and 2 of the ALCS came quick, fast and in a hurry. The 0-2 deficit and the loss of Jeter are a lot of weight to bear for A-Rod as a leader on this team. Game 1 of the ALCS he went 0-3 and with 1 K. Game 2 he was marginally better with at least a hit. That’s not going to make it! We need the A-rod of the past to make it to 28! Without Jeter at the helm, it is Rodriguez’s responsibility to show up and earn his paycheck or I can see his future with the Yankees in question. Jayson Nix. Poor Jayson, being thrown into the fire of a pennant race with minimal playing time in the 2012 regular season seems to be unfair, but this is why you play the game. With a regular season BA of .243, 4 HR’s, 18 RBI’s with a OBP of .306 and a slugging percentage of .384, he will be given the opportunity to show what he can do when the team needs him the most. His first start for the injured Jeter was an abysmal showing at 0-3 with a K. He must at least produce something positive for the Yankees to get back into this race. One more immediate loss, and they will be on the opposite end of what happened to them against Boston in the ALCS of 2004. As a Yankee fan, I am not interested in having to win 3 games in a row just to tie the series. I would like to win one game at a time and get back into this thing. Everyone else needs to step up. Pitching, closers, Ichiro, Ibanez, who has been superb, all need to continue to do what they are doing. One win will put the Yankees right back in this series and will not make it feel like a challenge that is seemingly impossible. 28 is close, the Yankees just need to calm down and claim it for Jeter and Girardi’s dad.

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