Ahh, there's nothing like the sweet, sweet smell of panic in the morning. Should Yankees fans panic?
Unfortunately, not really.
Oh, they can't beat Cliff Lee -- hell, per this morning's SN column, they turned him into the hybrid of Josh Beckett 2003 and Don Newcombe 1949... in the process giving Lee that kind of immortality only astonishing World Series performances can provide -- but let's be realistic:
Even if AJ Burnett has never made a start as big as this before -- with his most recent "biggest start ever" being the dud in the ALCS -- he's going against Pedro, who is not particularly good in fall weather. (Not that I wouldn't like to see him defy that with an epic performance.)
And the deeper the Phillies go into their rotation, the more likely the Yankees won't look like fools -- I'm talking about A-Rod and Tex, who were owned last night by Lee.
If I was a Yankees fan, I'd be saying to myself: "We just got beat by a guy who pitched one of the all-time great World Series games in history. Happens. What are you going to do?"
It makes the Series infinitely more interesting to have it start this way.
More you'll find in today's column:
*But, yes: It IS time for Cavs fans to panic.
*Jonny Flynn! DeJuan Blair!
*Why is Dez Bryant waffling about turning pro?
*Josh Freeman to Dez Bryant: Sound appealing?
*The best that Pac-10 hoops can do is... Washington at No. 13?
*TCU-Cincy: NOT a bad BCS title-game match-up!
*Tim Tebow vs. Herschel Walker: Who ya got?
Check out the whole thing here. More later.