Camdencast Episode 31 - Know Your Enemy

That I really hate the Yankees is not something that will shock any of you. I have also been known to unleash screeds against Yankee fans as a class of people, but it turns out that it's hard to maintain that rage when presented with a person - like, say, Tanya Bondurant of our SBN sister blog Pinstripe Alley - who brings a similar level of fandom to the Evil Empire.

Plus, sometimes you've got to know your enemy. Andrew and I cover the weekend's Orioles developments before being joined by Tanya about 15 minutes in. Brian Roberts surgery and all the feelings that brings up, the surprising arrival of Lew Ford, a bit about how the Orioles have taken some steps forward compared to those days, even if we don't always stop to recognize it.

And as for those Bronx Bombers, well... it turns out that there are sane and rational Yankees fans out there, and we were talking to one of them. I practically need to re-evaluate my entire existence because I don't know what is true any more. Tanya runs through some of the key Yankees storylines of the seasons with us - a long list of injuries, a peculiar complaint about some by the offense, and some of the impending payroll choices that even the high-flying Yankees will have to make to avoid a significant luxury tax penalty in 2014, with tough decisions looming on players like Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano in the not-too-distant future.

Along the way, an odd segment of breaking down the starting pitching matchups where it seems like none of the three of us could find anything good to say about the chances of any of the six starters for the Monday through Wednesday series. Plus find out why one Yankee fan really hates Russell Martin, and three names of Yankees prospects that we may have to fear in the years to come. No, not Banuelos and Betances - get with the program, man! They suck this year, but there are others in the farm.

All this and more in this week's Camdencast, which has a run time of about one hour. An embedded player is below the jump for your listening convenience.

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Next week... I don't know yet. But we'll be back next week, so whatever goes on with the Orioles between now and then, you can be sure we'll be on it. Feedback is always appreciated, whether it's good or bad, big or small. Take care until next time!

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