Eddie, I am appalled. Would a Red Sox fan root for the Yankees in the World Series to "keep it in the AL"? No freakin' way. (And, oh by the way, it wouldn't be "keeping" it in the AL, since the title isn't in the AL right now anyway.) However, I do agree that this was a pitching issue for the Yanks. Signing Carlos Beltran (which is pretty much a foregone conclusion) will have the same effect as signing Rodriguez last year: NOTHING. Pitching wins in the playoffs. It's proven every year. Derek Lowe stepped up last night, Schilling stepped up in Game 6, Boston's bullpen stepped up in Games 4 and 5. It seems pretty simple. There are very few guys who have the makeup to pitch under the Bronx microscope. Clearly Loaiza and Vasquez do not. Kevin Brown just doesn't have it anymore. (Kind of like how Pedro just doesn't have it anymore.) This offseason should be all about finding THE RIGHT pitchers for that squad. Until then, they will falter in the playoffs in the same way they have done for the last 4 seasons.

Gio, hopefully you will receive as good as you have given to your brother for all these years. He deserves it...