Mike through those sweet shades of his still sees this Yankees lineup as a dominant collection of Hall of Famers, amazing careers, and can't miss future stars. This is what he said from just outside his tent. (do you think mike during the break has eddie erickson building a huge campfire that they will snuggle around and tell ghost stories later?)
This is how he broke down the Yankee lineup that to everyone not wearing Mike's glasses is one of the prime, if not, THE reason for the Yankees failures this year.
"Damon has had a great career, Jeter is a Hall of Famer, so is ARod, Giambi has won an MVP, Matsui has had tremendous numbers and is a legend in Japan, Nady who is a good solid player, Cano who could win the batting title when he gets his head screwed on, and Pudge is probably going to be a Hall of Famer. So you got three Hall of Famers in the lineup, you got almost everyone on the team that has been on the All Star team with the exception of a couple of guys, and you don't have a guy who has been a weak hitter in the entire lineup. This is a lineup that should create enormous productivity. It is a tremendous lineup. It has great power, productivity, good average hitters, you got lefty, righty, lefty, righty.. It's a great lineup.... This lineup is so far down in terms of productivity in terms of last year should produce."
Mike, here is what is weird about sports and maybe you can make a phone call and have this adjusted.. but whether or not you are a Hall of Famer, an All Star, or someone who has had a great career, DOES NOT MATTER DURING THIS SEASON. It's funny because Mike, you hate fantasy sports, but you are talking about these guys as if they are players on your Strat O Matic team..
Here is what is real: Damon is good, Jeter is among the top guys in the league in hitting into double plays, AROD is hitting around .230 in the clutch, Giambi has been awful in the second half, Matsui has not played all season, and this will not be the year Cano wins the batting title.
Keep the glasses on Mike, they are doing a terrific job shading you from reality.