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For Those in Panic Mode.....

By: Nick Marro

It seems that nearly all of the sports media world is already counting out the Yankees after yesterday's 10-5 loss to Baltimore. I figured that rather than arguing with everyone's ludicrous statements in a typical manner, I'd meet them with some ludicrous statistics and show why yesterday's loss is irrelevant for the '09 Bombers.

The past ten World Series Champions and their opening day results.

1998 NYY at ANA L (1-4)
1999 NYY at OAK L (3-5)
2000 NYY at ANA W (3-2)
2001 ARI at LAD W (3-2)
2002 ANA vs CLE L (0-6)
2003 FLA vs PHI L (5-8)
2004 BOS at BAL L (2-7)
2005 CHW vs CLE W (1-0)
2006 STL at PHI W (13-5)
2007 BOS at KCR L (1-7)
2008 PHI vs WSN L (6-11)

Four of the ten teams were outscored by at least five runs.....
Six out of four failed to win their opening day game....
The ten teams averaged only 3.8 runs per game on opening day....
In 2004 the Red Sox lost their opening day game in Baltimore by exactly five runs...
All opening day statistics are irrelevant to a team's success in a 162-game season...

Until we've gone through the rotation a few times lets do ourselves a favor and not make any predictions based on a few lousy (or promising) games.

....and yes, I understand how ridiculous this article is...it was intentional;
in hopes that some mass-media outlets and pessimistic fans may realize how ridiculous it is to base any sort of long-term prediction on opening day.

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