After the Yankees laid the smack down on the Mets 2 weeks ago, sweeping the first edition of the 2012 Subway Series, New York baseball fans weren’t exactly sure where the juice to this series would come from. If the Yankees won than great, they are expected to. If the Mets win, even swept the Yankees, then they’d be even. Though everyone is looking forward to Sunday night’s Sabathia vs. Dickey showdown, one Met supplied a little extra fuel to the fire that will start burning tonight at Citi Field.
In an interview with the New York Post, Frank Francisco said, “I can’t wait to face those chickens, I want to strike out the side against them. I’ve done it before.” When asked to elaborate on what he meant by chickens, Francisco said “I think I’ve said too much already.” This is one of the most absurd things I have ever heard in my life as a sport fan, and there has been a lot. Francisco is new to New York this year, so maybe he hasn’t heard that the New York Yankees are the class of the city, and the baseball universe at that. If you are going to call somebody a chicken, please explain what the hell you are talking about. Who the hell does Frank Francisco think he is anyway. I’ve watched a lot of Met games and even though he has 17 saves on the season, very few of them have been easy to come by. He is 1-3 with a 5.14 ERA. His team is performing well but have been doing so playing gritty and they weren’t expected to do much this year. The Yankees are in first place, just swept your ass last week and have a number of future hall of famers.
Derek Jeter is a chicken? Andy Pettitte is a chicken? Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, CC Sabathia (maybe ARod is but thats it!) The Mets have Jason Bay who is allergic to playing baseball. They have Ike Davis who in an interview yesterday conceded that he would be happy to win one of the three games this weekend. That’s what I call chicken. The Yankees roster is full of players who have been in high pressure, big moments in their careers and have rings to prove it. There are a lot of things you could call the Yankees, like winners and champions, but chicken isn’t one of them. Francisco cited the fact that he struck out that side once in the past. Well he did, in 2004 for the Texas Rangers. He struck out Jeter, ARod and Giambi on May 21st of that season in the 7th inning. In fact, the fact that Francisco has such a vivid remembrance of a May 21st game in 2004 is pathetic. I guess it’s a career highlight?
For my Mets-fan friends, sorry, I was hoping we might take it easy on you this weekend; maybe even take the first two games and let RA Dickey win one against us Sunday. However, after Franky ran his mouth I hope the Yankees celebrate all weekend long at Citi Field. It would be especially nice to see Francisco blow a couple of games, just so we could really see who has the intestinal fortitude to play in New York for more than 3 pathetic months. Shut your mouth Frank and enjoy the ass beating this weekend.