I had decided to take a break from this thing for as long as the White Sox continued to "phone it in," (I still think they may be dialing long distance for the rest of the season.) but a recent column by Buster Olney
, a life-long Yankee fan, about the Winners and Losers of the trade deadline made me break my silence.
Olney wrote this:
The Yankee pitching staff's ratio of innings to hits allowed is the worst it has been since 1989 and the its strikeouts per inning ratio is the worst it has been since 1994. The Jose Contreras-for-Esteban Loaiza trade did not address their primary need for a dominant starting pitcher.
I can recall countless articles proclaiming that deal a steal for the Yankees, who received a "two-time all-star, and 2nd place finisher in the 2003 Cy Young", while the White Sox received a mediocre pitcher.
51 words is all I've found from those willing to eat crow.
I guess when it's time to eat your words it's best to make it a light snack.
: I'm not picking on Olney here. The fact is he's the only one I've seen actually make some sort of claim that he could have been wrong. I wasn't able to find an article of his that referenced the trade immediately after the deadline, so I'm just assuming he thought it was a victory for the Yanks. This was more in response to the volumes of columnists who were decidedly pro-yankee on the trade, who are conspicuously mum on the subject now.