Alright people, I’m back. This whole ‘graduation from law school’, ‘time to start my Bar Review class’ has done a number on my available time, but today I have something to say.
What is the delay with these New York Yankees? Every day, every game, we are all waiting for the moment this strange-but-true season turns around (heck, I even wrote about it in my last post below). But, every day, every game, it’s not happening. Whether it’s a well-pitched game with a failure of the bullpen (Proctor), a well-pitched game with a failure of the offense (too many to list), or a hard-fought win that ends up feeling negative anyway because of a certain player’s “scrappy” play (for the record, I did not agree with the “Ha!”), the switch just won’t flip.
What gives? It’s hard to stay positive with the constant injuries (Roger that), the daily back-page tabloids (A-What?), and the constant feeling that for every step forward, this team has a knack for immediately taking two steps back (I don’t even want to discuss yesterday’s seventh inning, or Mussina’s constant inability to hold a lead when his team needs it the most). What are we going to do, New York?
You know, for all of my talk about keeping your calm, being patient, and staying postive, I ERUPTED yesterday during the bottom of the seventh – oh yes, things were thrown across the room. I am just so tired of seeing the same players screw up again and again, day after day, game after game. At some point this has to end, right? At some point, these players have to man-up, step-up, and show some pride in the way they play the game of baseball… right?
What if they are just not good enough? What if this group of players are too old, too injury-prone, or just too average in terms of baseball skills? Is this possible? Could a $200M team actually be in this situation due to six greedy years of bad contracts on past-their-prime veterans, and bad trades that didn’t work out (and depleted the farm system at the same time)? The answer, New York, is yes. And we all know it, don’t we?
This is our bed as exhausted fans of the 2007 New York Yankees. This is our bed as exhausted fans of an all-star who can hit .355 one month, and .235 the next. If anything is going to turn this season around, it has to start with the men wearing pinstripes on the field, every day, every game – not the fans.
I will try my hardest to stay positive in the meantime, and I know the rest of the loyal fans out there will as well. After all, this is still June, this is still America’s pasttime, and we still get to watch this team play 100+ games before it’s all said and done. I just hope the Yankee players refuse to be done, and feel like they have a lot more to say.