Janet Jackson Disease

No, the title has nothing to do with bras opening up without warning. It’s what I have been calling sports in the New York area since I was in high school. Janet Jackson disease is quite simply, “What Have You Done For Me Lately?” We all suffer from it, we can’t help it, and the only cure for this dreaded disease is winning.  

So, Yankee fans waking up today with the sniffles and a mild case of JJD, let me give you this advice…IT’S ONLY ONE GAME!

Peter Parker’s uncle Ben said it a long time ago, “With great power comes great responsibility.” It translates to the Yankees year in year out: with big contracts come big expectations. I get that, but what you have to get is these guys are human and baseball is a cyclical game.

Let me throw some numbers at you to prove my point. Last season, CC Sabathia started the year 1-5 with the Indians. Then in a stretch from June 10 until September 10 with Cleveland and Milwaukee, he went 12-0 in 18 starts. Even in the no-decisions he pitched well enough to win.  

Mark Teixeira went 0-for-4 and left five runners on base.  It wasn’t the first time, and it won’t be the last. Big Tex is going to be the most popular Yankee since Paul O’Neill or Bernie Williams.

To help with the healing process Yankee fans, I give you this refrain from Daniel Powter’s song, “Bad Day”
Because you had a bad day
You’re taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don’t know
You tell me don’t lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
The camera don’t lie
You’re coming back down and you really don’t mind
You had a bad day
You had a bad day

Read that 10 times, take a couple of Ibuprofen and tune in to Yankees Batting Practice Today, tomorrow night at 6 right here on YES. We’ll get through this ONE loss together.


Like you said, CC has been known to get off to bad starts. Believe me, I’m still worried as a Red Sox fan. And we still have 161 more games. I am very excited for the first Red Sox-Yankees matchup!

JJD — nice one Chris 🙂 But Amen to the fact that it’s 1 game. For now, just let the big boys play! Go Yankees!

JJD — nice one Chris 🙂 But Amen to the fact that it’s 1 game. For now, just let the big boys play! Go Yankees!

JJD — nice one Chris 🙂 But Amen to the fact that it’s 1 game. For now, just let the big boys play! Go Yankees!

I didn’t coin this phrase, but its one that will last the test of time: “It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon.” The season isn’t even a tenth of a mile old. I talked to John Flaherty today in our new web segment Flash Forward, and amongst other things told me CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira will be just fine. Check out FF a bit later on YESnetwork.com and keep on coming back to Off the Wall!

I’m not even remotely worried. Yankees will not only be fine, they’ll be better than ever.

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