The road to disappointment is paved with a thousand if’s. The Yanks have plenty of what if’s to ponder. Here are a few of mine, feel free to add your own.
- Wang didn’t get hurt
- Posada didn’t get hurt
- Hughes didn’t get hurt
- Matsui didn’t get hurt
- Joba didn’t get hurt
- Damon didn’t get hurt and could still throw the ball (not a 16-hopper to 2B)
- Cano didn’t regress so badly
- Cano gave max effort all the time
- Melky didn’t get exposed as merely a 4th outfielder rather than a starting CF for a contending team
- Abreu showed any fire (yeah, I know it’s not his style) and could catch a ball near the fence
- Hughes and Kennedy combined for more than 0 wins. ZERO?!?
- Giambi was able to show some semblance of consistency
- Ponson was merely the answer to a bad trivia question, rather than our nominal #3 right now
- Dan Geise wasn’t needed to help keep a rotation afloat
- Rasner didn’t turn into a pumpkin so quickly
- Jeter didn’t look so old at the plate
- ARod didn’t chase every ball that was low and away
- Pettitte didn’t look so hittable
- Justin Christian wasn’t your starting LF in a critical game against the team just in front of you for the wildcard
- Moose hadn’t found the Fountain of Youth
Buddy Shysterball noted it today in his always excellent “And That Happened“:
Yesterday morning I read a story in one of the New York tabloids — not unlike stories I’ve read in the New York tabloids for the past, oh, six or seven years — in which some putatively ballsy New York writer tells Yankees fans how it really is: the Bombers are no longer the class of the league.