Originally written on IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught  |  Last updated 11/12/14
Every year, for one week, the Yankees do good deeds.  They visit sick children and give attention to worthy causes.  You can't mock or criticize HOPE Week. It's a wonderful thing. But I can never forget that it's also the week Hideki Irabu committed suicide.Yankee HOPE week has a tinge of "Ronald McDonald House" self-promotion. Yes, it's a great gesture, but it would be a little greater if they didn't parlay it so deftly into a p.r. blitz. It's like the Full-Employment Act for publicists. Still, if we're looking for purity or morality in sports - that ship sailed long ago, eh?But make no mistake about the '13 Yankees: They have killed hope within their fan base. It's sad, because the team has fought hard to get where it is - fourth place in the AL East. And you can't blame the players, in the old Mel Hall or Raul Mondesi way. Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells are fine fellows. But when they step to the plate, I now leave the room.I can't take it anymore. I cannot bear to watch them go ...
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