Just when we were all rubbing our hands together and cackling at the idea of the Yankees below .500 and in last place, at the idea of George Steinbrenner going berserk and firing anything that moved or breathed, here they come.
Following Tuesday's 6-0 win over Seattle, the Yankees have now won 10 straight, bumping their record from 11-19 to 21-19. They are still in fourth place, five games behind AL East-leading Baltimore, but once the Yankees have won 34 of 38 a month from now, that will probably have changed.
The Yankees have too much of everything. Too much owner. Too much money. Too much talent. Too much media. Too old. They are baseball hedonism personified.
If they were a person, the Yankees would be some grotesque version of John Belushi meets King Midas, snorting, drinking, and eating everything in sight, passing out blind drunk and stoned at 4 a.m., and still showing up at work the next day to make everything turn to gold.
You think they can't keep this up, that sooner or later, the mistakes will mount and this baseball Titanic will finally plunge into the deep. But it never happens.
Jason Giambi, implicated in steroid abuse investigations, is getting hits again. Derek Jeter might need an inner tube, but he can still walk on water when needed. Alex Rodriguez is still A-Rod.
And they keep winning.
I was hoping for one, glorious October without the Yankees. One year when they seem at least temporarily mortal. But the Yankees haven't missed the playoffs since 1993, and have never missed the World Series in consecutive years since.
I guess the smart money is to just assume the Yankees are going to the World Series this year. Yankee-haters had April to gloat. The rest of the season will probably be dedicated to shutting them up.