NEW YORK , NY – Let’s face it: 2013 has been awful for New York sports fans. The Yankees and Mets both sucked. The Jets and Giants both sucked. The Knicks and Nets are two of the worst teams in a terrible Eastern Conference. The Rangers are pretty terrible and the Islanders are worse. It’s best that we say good riddance to 2013 and look ahead to brighter skies in 2014. With that, here are a few 2014 Sports Predictions that might serve as bright spots.
For the Yankees, 2014 may be more about who is not on the team than who is. Gone are Phil Hughes (to Minnesota) and Joba Chamberlain (to Detroit). And all I can say to that is good riddance! Jettisoning the two former top prospects marks the end of years of headaches and agita. For years the Yanks held on to the two young pitchers and refused to entertain the notion of trading them. The hope was that Hughes and Chamberlain would become go-to guys at the front end of the rotation or at the back end of the bullpen. Unfortunately, neither pitcher lived up to the hype. Now they’re both gone and the Yankees got nothing for them other than the comforting knowledge of knowing that neither of them will pitch for the Yankees again.
The Yankees also upgraded their outfield, signing Jacoby Ellsbury and former/disgruntled Met Carlos Beltran – complete with mole. Things are looking up for the Yankees lineup, with or without A-Rod. Now if the Yanks can just do something about pitching.
Fans in Queens have something to look forward to also. The Mets have made some amazin’ moves this offseason. They signed Curtis Granderson to add some pop to their outfield. The Grandy Man benefited from playing in Yankee Stadium with the short right field porch, but he never lacked power in Detroit. This bodes well for him playing in the cavernous New Shea. Granderson is a good signing for the Mets, even though they’re probably paying a bit too much for a .23o average.
The Mets also signed the 54-year-old Bartolo Colon to shore up their rotation. Colon is coming off of a solid year in Oakland, but he’s also coming off of a suspension for PEDs in 2012. The Met’s signed the portly pensioner to a contract that will take Colon to his 85th birthday. By then he might weigh over 1,000 pounds. It will all be worth it if Big Bart can keep his piss clean and pitch anywhere near as well as he pitched for the Athletics last season.
On the hardwood, the Knicks and Nets combined have fewer wins than the Miami Heat. At least Knicks fans can look forward to not having Carmelo Anthony next season, as he’ll bugger off somewhere else this summer. Whether that will be good or bad for the Knicks remains to be seen. The Knicks would be better off without but I don’t know who would replace him… we’ll deal with one obstacle at a time.
On the ice, things are starting to look better for the Rangers. They won their last two games before the Christmas break behind some stellar play from new number one netminder Cam Talbot. Henrik Lundqvist is now the most expensive backup in sports. The Rangers have been playing better of late. The goals are starting to come and they look like they could go on a run once they get healthy.
Here’s to 2014 being a lot better than 2013 in New York Sports… and Junoir Blaber, tomorrow.