On Losing

Losing is something we are not used to as Yankee fans. The Yankees haven’t been a below .500 team since 1992 and have missed the playoffs just once since 1995. Still, though, there are many times when many Yankee fans act as if the team is constantly losing. Those fans are, seemingly, never satisfied. Now,...

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2011 chatter gaining volume

Rosenthal on Girardi:

Girardi has not distinguished himself these past few weeks, but the Yankees’ split personality also reflects the input of GM Brian Cashman. The Yankees are more concerned with keeping their players healthy than winning the division title, and Cashman does not apologize for it.

As for Girardi’s future, some in the industry believe that he has irritated the Yankees’ front office and ownership by refusing to rule out the possibility of going to the Cubs. But such is not the case.

Girardi and his little black binder have been a major cause for consternation around the Yankosphere lately. Girardi has every right to refuse to rule out any potential future employer, particularly when his current employer will not discuss his 2011 role until after the season is complete. I’d like to have him back but if he goes to Chicago, I’ll put my Ivan Drago face on.

Alex Speier of WEEI touched on some Yanks stuff as well:

The emergence of those two outfielders in 2010 – Gardner all year, Granderson in the second half – has reshaped the Yankees, both this year and perhaps into the offseason.

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Another Look at the Playoff Rotation

The other issue, amazingly enough, pertains to Sabathia. Don’t get me wrong, the big guy is going to start game 1 of the ALDS no matter what. But that means Sabathia will make just one more start in the regular season, and as of the publishing of this post, he’s scheduled to make that start tonight in Toronto. That means he’ll have 7 days off before he makes his playoff start, whereas pushing his last start back to Friday in Boston would have him opening the playoffs on normal rest. I am in no way a fan of this, and don’t understand at all what the organization is thinking having Sabathia make this start and then be off of his routine going in to a crucial playoff start that most likely will be on the road against the Twins.

Which isn’t to say there’s no logic to it at all. Had the Yankees lost Sunday night’s game, the magic number would still be 3, and having Sabathia pitch tonight would give you the option of having him start the final game of the season if it came to the point that the Yankees had to win that game to make the playoffs.…

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Game 157: Yankees 5, Blue Jays 7

While Burnett clearly didn’t have it early on, he completely lost it in the third inning.  He walked Snider and hit Escobar with a pitch before giving up a three run homer to Vernon Wells.  Lyle Overbay followed with a double to center and Buck singled him home.  Adam Lind singled to right, moving Buck to third and a sac fly by Edwin Encarnacion put the Blue Jays in front 7-0.

New York finally got on the board in the top of the fifth.  A walk to Austin Kearns was followed by Curtis Granderson’s 24th homer of the season, making the score 7-2.  The Yankees struck again in the seventh.  With one out, Derek Jeter singled to first and Nick Swisher singled to left.  Mark Teixeira continued to bust out of his slump with a big homer to center, getting the Yankees back in the game as the score sat at 7-5.  Unfortunately, the Pinstripes went down in order in the top of the eighth and ninth, ending any threat and giving Toronto the victory.…

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Dual overarching 2010 storylines of A.J. Burnett being terrible and Blue Jays (and Vernon Wells) positively owning Yankees collide in 7-5 laugher

The Blue Jays beat the Yankees 7-5 Monday night, continuing what has been a season-long stretch of dominance over New York. The win improved the Jays’ season record against the Yankees...

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In Which I Defend the Steinbrenner Memorial

I think some of this comes down to not quite knowing just what it is. Rob calls it a “plaque,” and that’s true enough in a literal sense, but in terms of the symbolic meaning of Monument Park, it’s not really accurate. That is to say, it’s not meant to be a plaque in the way that Reggie Jackson and Phil Rizzuto and Whitey Ford and Bob Sheppard have plaques. It’s much closer to the stone monuments reserved for the greatest Yankees, and dedicated only after that person’s passing. Of course, it’s bigger than those too. It’s also different than those, and while it wasn’t what I was expecting, I think I’m ok with that. The bottom line is that Steinbrenner was different than those guys, in that he wasn’t a player or a manager. So giving him his own monument, in a distinct style, is a sort of fitting tribute. And at the end of the day, that’s probably what this is; not really a monument, certainly not a plaque, but a tribute.…

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