May 18, 2013
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For Larry, the steroids scandal isn't a big deal.
Larry takes one last look at the ALCS
The Red Sox have already completed the greatest comeback in baseball postseason history. Whether they finish the series off is yet to be determined, but even if they don't come through, they may have finished off the myth of their permanent futility, the Yankees' invulnerability, and Dan Shaughnessy's career.
A line drive to center and a long drive to right extended the ALCS another day, and gave the dejected Boston faithful something to cheer about. Can they do it again? And again? And again?
Here's one Yankees fan who's tired of the C-word. Larry Mahnken tells us how the Red Sox went down 3-0, and dismisses the easy explanation.
Eventually, every son will rise up and best his father. For Pedro Martinez, last night was not his time, as Jon Lieber exceeded expectations and dominated the Red Sox. Now the question must be asked... is this series over?
What was at first a Yankees blowout and a chance at history turned into a near-miracle comeback, a message that the ALCS is going to be very closely fought, and a very entertaining baseball series.
That you know: now find out why -- a wholly objective ALCS Preview.
In a vital game for the Yankees, Kevin Brown gave the Yankees all that they needed and more to beat the Twins. Now the series has swung in the Yankees' favor, and the entire postseason equation might have shifted a little, too.
The Yankees won in dramatic fashion on Wednesday, but if they don't win tonight, it's almost certainly all for naught.
The Yankees had a golden opportunity to beat the most dominant starter in the AL this season ... and then another, and another, and another.
Larry shows how last week's trade between the Dodgers and Marlins has illustrated the divide between sabermetrics and traditional analysis.
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox have played some of the most memorable games in baseball history. Many have been more important, but last night's may have been the most exciting, most improbable game they have ever played. Larry tries to put what he saw last night into words.
Now that ESPN is tracking Productive Outs, Larry takes one last look at the junk stat.
Larry chronicles the dramatic turnaround of Captain Dreamboat, Derek Jeter.
Barry Bonds has been intentionally walked more than any team in baseball this season. Should something be done to stop this incredibly boring (and self-destructive) strategy, and if so, what?
Larry responds to some of your comments about last week's column. Sorry, nothing from Buster Olney here.
Productive Outs, a new statistic publicized by ESPN.com's Buster Olney last week, has been touted as a significant part of winning ballgames. Is it a meaningful statistic? Larry takes a look at the last two postseasons, and what he found might surprise you.
The Yankees are 9-11 after 20 games. How the hell did that happen?
Make sure you don't let all the steroid talk -- justified or not -- distract you from what Barry Bonds is doing on the field. It's something you've got to see.
George Steinbrenner and the Yankees are spending over $180 million this season in an attempt to win their first World Series of the 21st Century. Will they succeed, or will their fans have to suffer through yet another year of not being able to gloat that much? Larry takes a look.
Larry offers his opinion on whether the records of the past decade should be discounted if the players who set them used steroids.
Did the Red Sox and Yankees give Ben and Larry a Merry Christmas, or not?
Ben and Larry try to make sense of what their favorite teams have done in the last week.
As the arbitration deadline passed, the free agent season kicked into gear, with the Yankees and Red Sox making some major signings. Ben and Larry put their spin on things.
Ben and Larry discuss the interesting revelations surrounding Jason Giambi, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, the Red Sox and the Yankees that came out this past week.
Ben and Larry discuss what they think the Red Sox and Yankees will do, hope the Red Sox and Yankees will do, and fear the Red Sox and Yankees might do this off-season.
Ben and Larry take some time to look back on an amazing 2004 season for the Red Sox and Yankees.
Ben and Larry talk about what happened this week to make one of them ecstatic and the other anguished.
There's only one thing Larry and Ben could be talking about this week -- the first four games of the American League Championship Series.
Ben and Larry talk about their teams' opening playoff series and the impending ALCS rematch.
The marathon's officially over, and Ben and Larry are both more than ready to see how the Red Sox and the Yankees do in the sprint.
After five important series between the Red Sox and Yankees, No. 6 just wasn't all that interesting or important to Larry or Ben. With Boston winning on Monday, both teams are officially in the playoffs, which means the real fun begins in a week.
A great series opener between the rivals that had Ben ecstatic gave way to two weekend duds that left Larry full of confidence.
Ben and Larry talk about the strength of the Yankees and the importance of winning the AL East.
Will the Red Sox win the AL East and is it OK to think it's funny that there's so much concern in the Bronx? Ben and Larry discuss, but don't find much common ground.
September's just a few days away, and the Yankees and Red Sox have won 11 of their last 14. The East is still tight, the Wild Card even tighter, and the schedule is getting shorter. While looking forward to the crucial games in September, Ben and Larry look back at the last full week of August.
The Red Sox had a spectacular week, the Yankees had an equally dreadful one. Boston's made up five games in seven days -- but they're still 5½ back. Is this just the beginning of something historic? One thing's for sure -- the AL East just became interesting again.
Ben and Larry talk about whether or not it's okay to root for the other team in the rivalry if it helps your team win in the end.
Ben had such high hopes for the 2004 season, but things have simply not gone as planned for the Red Sox. Still, with two months left, they have a chance to get into the postseason, and both Ben and Larry agree that's when they become dangerous.
Ben and Larry discuss the trade that ended Nomar Garciaparra's career in Boston.
Comebacks, brawls and a vital Boston victory. Are the Red Sox back?
Ben and Larry discuss the Randy Johnson rumors, and look forward to the trading deadline.
Larry's satisfied with where the Yankees stand at the All-Star break, but Boston's mini-run didn't change Ben's mind on the chances of the Red Sox winning the AL East.
The Yankees and Red Sox faced off again last week, and the result was decisive. Is the AL East race over? Ben and Larry don't agree on this issue -- and not in the way you'd think.
Larry and Ben discuss the importance of this week's Red Sox/Yankees series.
Ben's back from vacation, and he and Larry go right back at it with their beloved teams battling the NL West on the left coast.
Boston and New York have two of the best records in all of baseball, but both have problems galore. And the world's smallest violin plays on...
Ben and Larry discuss the seesawing nature of this season's race between the Red Sox and Yankees, and why it's probably not a good idea for fans of either team to get too high or too low just yet.
Ben and Larry discuss Derek Jeter, Boston's hurting stars, and exactly why the back-and-forth atop the division doesn't mean much in May.
With the Red Sox and Yankees occupying the top two spots in the American League East, like usual, Ben and Larry are both happy with where their teams are through about 20% of the season.
A week after "The Sweep", Ben and Larry check in with the Red Sox and Yankees.
Larry says Yankees fans should get angry, but shouldn't panic, while Ben just revels in the glory of a Red Sox sweep in the Bronx.
Hmmm... what ever could Ben and Larry have talked about this weekend?
Despite the fact that the Red Sox and Yankees are a combined 8-7, Ben Jacobs and Alex Belth (who fills in for Larry Mahnken one more time) are not really worried about their favorite clubs.
Ben talks to Alex Beth, who is filling in for Larry, about whether or not there's any reason to be concerned about either the Yankees or the Red Sox this early in the season.
Ben and Larry are ready for the season to start, even if it is starting unfathomably early in the morning.
Ben and Larry take a look at what, if anything, could stop the Yankees and Red Sox from making the post-season, and wonder if the Wild Card is worth it.
Is it okay to like the Yankees? Will either the Yankees or Red Sox miss the playoffs? Ben and Larry face off on opposite ends of the most passionate rivalry in sports.