October 08, 2006

Why I'm Not a Betting Man

In picking the winners of the first-round playoff series, I went a wonderful 0-for-4, as I chose the Twins, Yankees, Dodgers, and Padres, all of whom went down to defeat in the Division Series. I'm sorry I was wrong about the Twins, but thrilled that I was wrong about the Yankees.

Speaking of which, the Yanks are crazy- CRAZY- if they fire Joe Torre as a result. They'd be going after exactly what isn't wrong, a manager who's going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame based on his work in the Bronx. With Lou Piniella coming back, it'll be the '80s again- those great days when they fired a manager every six months and didn't make the playoffs between '82 and '95. It's too bad Billy Martin isn't still alive, or else I'm sure they'd eventually drag him back out too.

(Speaking of which- ESPN is producing a miniseries adaptation of Jonathan Mahler's excellent book about the '77 Yanks, "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx is Burning." It's set to star Oliver Platt as Steinbrenner and John Turturro as Martin. Can't wait.)

Posted by Stephen Silver at October 8, 2006 11:45 PM

Larry David won't be playing Steinbrenner?

Posted by: LilB at October 9, 2006 10:33 AM
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