The Yankees are not going to win the AL East. And I rate their chances of snagging a wild card spot at about 50-50. They aren't going to have an epic beer-sodden collapse, lubricated liberally by chicken grease. But, they are going to play mediocre baseball, as they have since the All-Star break, through the remainder of the season. Meanwhile, the younger and healthier Orioles and Rays will make the playoffs, one as the division winner and one as a wildcard. It pains me to say this, as I figured this year was the Bombers last best chance for a World Championship for the next 3 to 5 years. But, the team's offense is too old and almost universally underperforming. Sure Robby Cano is having a typical stellar year. And Derek Jeter seems to have found the Fountain of Youth. But the rest of the line up isn't playing well, regardless of their price point. And, as fantastic as the pitching has been it can't make up for the all or nothing offense which has been mostly nothing lately.
And, it is only going to get worse in the years ahead. At least until the big money guys are gone. Mentioning no names.
But that is a post for another time.
Now that I have that off my chest, I have sitting in front of me a box of 2009 Tristar Obak. I had sold some cards on EBay recently and used the proceeds to buy it. I had wanted to get 1971 card 709 (the Don Baylor/Dusty Baker rookie card), but they have been selling for way more than I was willing to pay given their condition. So, I got the Obak and am hoping it gets me closer to completion of the set.
So, if you are interested, stay tuned. If you aren't, no worries. There seems to be a malaise infecting the card blogging community and I am no exception. I may just be phoning the posts in.