Today in karate class I broke a board. In half. With my right hand. Actually, the "blade" of the hand (the part between the pinky and the wrist), with a shuto strike (a chop, basically).
I even got to keep the broken pieces of board as a souvenir.
Never done that before. Didn't think I had it in me. *wry grin* Go me!
Following the Yankees has been a chore this year, since they have been predictably awful. Yes, I said "predictably." Bernie Williams hasn't been a useful regular in two years, the defense is wretched, Jason Giambi may never recover from last year, Tony Womack was an idiotic signing, Tino Martinez isn't the player he was in the late 1990s, and the pitching is a wreck. Expecting that Carl Pavano (who's only had one good year), Jaret Wright (ditto), Randy Johnson (who's in his 40s with no real knees), and Kevin Brown (bad back) to all pitch their best was a lot of wishcasting, and so far none of it has worked. Beyond Mariano Rivera and Tom Gordon, the Yankee bullpen is incredibly suspect -- Tanyon Sturtze is one of their more reliable relievers, which is a serious cry for help.
Amidst this nonsense, we've got one bit of good news: Chien-Ming Wang, the Taiwanese pitcher who has been both the cheapest and by far the most reliable pitcher in the Yanks' rotation.
Today on national television in front of a sellout crowd, Wang pitched the best game of his life. He threw eight efficient innings, most of them very quickly, gave up only five hits and one walk, one run, five strikeouts. He took care of the Cubs with speed and efficiency.
Derek Jeter hit his first career grand slam today, and that's what'll get all the headlines, but that is not the story. If the Yankees make the postseason at all this year -- and I don't consider that all that likely -- it'll be because Wang has anchored this shaky rotation.