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54 thoughts on “That’s All Folks

  1. This truly sucks. We should have won this game and pushed it to game 7. If i was Giradi I would have pitched Andy game 6 and cc game 7. But would have, should have and could have can't change things. I'll rooting for the NL because i still have dreams of getting Cliff Lee. Hey we have 27 championships! We will definitely win next year. In 1997 we lost as the wildcard and came back to win 3 championships in a row! We will be getting some nice acquisitions and make a run next year! Don't hang your head folks. It just wasn't our year!

  2. It's a sad day. They just were the better team this round. Good to see though. Nolan Ryan is doing something special. Something a lot of owners need to start doing. Tip your caps and good night. 2011 – 4 months away.

  3. Congrats to the Rangers. As poor as the Yankees played, I am surprised they took the series to six games. I suppose I am tired of yelling at TV. However, I can still cheer on both Giants teams; the SF Giants have NY lineage, I can't stand the Phillies and the NY Giants are still in the mix of the NFC East. Go Giants!

  4. Tough loss, but we had an excellent year, it just hurts when it doesn't culminate in a title. I trust Cash and organization when it comes to building a championship caliber team for next year, hopefully we can acquire Cliff Lee and some other players in the off-season and see what happens next season.

  5. Other than Granderson and Cano, the lineup was pathetic throughout the postseason … although A-Rod will unfairly shoulder 90% of the blame.

  6. Congrats to Robbie and Grandie for doing something offensively. ARod – not a clutch performer — performs best when Yankees are up by several runs. Jeter – maybe he should have sought some counsel from Kevin Long about his batter box sway as the pitcher is in his windup — also, how many first ball groundouts does he get before he's moved to where he belongs in the lineup — 7th, 8th or 9th. Posada — never good defensively and over the hill with his bat — time to get a real catcher. Gardner — someone should tell him he can't hit the ball with the bat on his shoulder all the time — and about base stealing, he needs to learn how to read a pitchers moves before th ebatter has two strikes. Girardi — too many questionable calls — especially in September when the Ynakees were presumably trying to secure home field advantage — I won't cry if he gets moved out next year — too bad the Cubs job isn't still open. Burnett — a total waste — and almost as bad are Vasquez, Robertson and Chamberlin. Why is Dave E. still the pitching coach — maybe not for long.
    Wait to next year to see how the Yankees management can screw up another run at the WS.

  7. Im spent. Jason, how about posting a countdown clock until pitchers and catchers report? Hopefully Cliff Lee will be there!

  8. I’m just baffled by the fact Girardi brought in Roberston in instead of Woods or CC. With all the big deal being made about how CC is good to pitch tonight for 50 pitches or so, why not bring him in? In a crucial spot, with the season on the line, it just doesn’t make sense. Wood shut down the Rangers, and I am sure CC could have as well. Either one of them had a better shot of salvaging the inning over Roberston. And once again, the intentional walk comes back to bite us in the ass.

  9. Some of the more frustrating things about tonight:

    1. So many first pitch ground outs and fly outs.
    2. Intentionally walking Josh Hamilton. I know he was crazy good this series but you've got to pitch to Vlad Guerrero behind him? It just didn't really make sense. (not to mention the intentional walk to David Murphy in Game 4. ugh.)
    3. Girardi's decisions with the pitching staff. This was a MUST WIN game. Dave Roberston had no right to be out there.

    I'm just devastated. The last month of the season and the post season were just heart breaking.

  10. I had no problem with the intentional pass because Hamilton killed the Yankees this whole series, but Hughes threw a hanger and Vlad took advantage which is poor execution. However, I thought Girardi totally overmanaged when he gave Hughes the hook at that point. He wasn't pitching that bad other than the hanger, especially if you go back and look at the first inning when Hughes was able to limit the damage, and I felt like he should have gotten a chance to get that last out, especially if Dave Robertson was the guy Girardi was going to bring in. Saying Hughes had a poor outing is unfair even though he wasn't spectacular.

    Bigger picture, the Rangers won this series because the Yankees just couldn't find the bats, other than Robinson Cano, and this team is built on offense. The nature of the playoffs is the bats have to get hot for your team to win because it's so short, and that's especially true for the Yankees even though their lineup wasn't quite the same this year as it was last year. The Yankees hit about .200 and that's just not good enough. Getting shut out by Cliff Lee is one thing, but when you can't hit Colby Lewis you don't deserve to go to the World Series.

    Anyway, let's give a little credit to the Rangers.Their offense was really good and they basically outplayed the Yankees the whole way through.

  11. First of all, thanks to the hosts here for making me (an outsider) feel so welcome.

    Having never been in this position before, I did my best to soak everything in last night, including the post-game coverage on TBS and ESPN. I can tell that the overall response from the national media seems to be, "Wow! The Texas Rangers?" This is natural since it hasn't happened to them before. It's still a weird feeling watching all of the fans in red and blue cheer so wildly.

    I don't want to turn this into a "stepping through a minefield" post, but I do find some of the comments interesting regarding what has happened, who it happened against, and what will happen. I'm sure that this is perspective, since at this point in past for the last forever years, Ranger fans had nothing left to ponder but the future.

    But this is where our two fandom worlds diverge. I'm not saying what is right, I'm only saying what is. Rangers fans think and ask :

    1) we need better years from X, Y, and Z;
    2) will we be able to re-sign R, S, and/or T;
    3) if only we could sign free agent A, B, or C.

    This is a generalization of what non-Yankee fans believe that Yankee fans think:

    1) X, Y, and Z didn't perform so we should ship them out for All-Stars D, E, and F;
    2) we will sign free agents A, B, and C.

    Again, I just think it's the culture of each team's history. I apologize if it sounds critical. That's not my intention.

    Lastly, and this is directed squarely at "pedro." I don't know where he fits in here, and I know that I risk sounding disrespectful. To say that it's "embarrassing" to lose to the Texas Rangers is a ridiculous and outrageous statement to make. What's embarrassing is to post something without any consideration of factual basis. Who embarrassed you…the potential MVP not named Cano?…or was it your top prize free agent-to-be named Lee?…or perhaps the "journeyman" Colby Lewis who was top 10 this year in several categories that our grandparents probably wouldn't understand?…or was it that the Yankee offense looked like the 1998 Ranger playoff version? If you say "this hurts" or "this stinks" or "can't wait to get things going again" etc.; I get it. I truly understand and get it. But to say it's "embarrassing to lose to the Texas Rangers" should be embarrassing in and of itself. That comment is what I expect to see at just about any of your garden-variety sports blogs, but fortunately, most of that drivel is filtered out.

    99% of everything I've seen here I have either experienced or am wiser for having read.

    Again, I'm sorry for the mini-rant. I don't want to come across as an ungrateful guest here. I do plan on dropping by now and then if still welcomed. You have some great writers here.

    Thanks again for your hospitality.

    Sincerely,

    Ted Zeigler
    Fort Worth, TX

  12. You really don't mean that seriously, sending "Joba + Gardner + Another Minor Leaguer not named Montaro [sic] for Colby Rasmus"? I'm not sure I'd send Gardner for Rasmus straight up.

    Now, you want to package Joba and Montero for a guy like Grienke, so be it. Send the farm for Felix.

    But the truth is, the team looked like they were spinning on 33 1/3 while the Rangers were on 45 (for those of you old enough to remember record players)

  13. In the Yankee losses, the Rangers limited the Yankees to runs of 2, 0, 3, and 1 and won with 4 games with a run differential of +25. In the Yankees wins, they scored 6 and 7 runs and had a run differential of +6 combined.

    As much as I would have preferred the Yankees to win the series, I take away a few things from the series:
    1) The Rangers are the better team at this point in time and deserve to advance.
    2) There are plenty of places where the Yankees didn't put themselves in a better position to be more competitive in the 4 losses (none of which ended up being close).
    3) The Yankees were one of eight teams to survive the regular season grind and give themselves a chance to win it all. As long as they keep getting their shots in the post-season it will be easier to swallow not winning it all then not even being part of the conversation.
    4) It will be an interesting remainder of the post-season (despite the Yankees not being there) and a very interesting off-season I suspect. I'm sure the Yankees will make moves to try to continue to improve the product they already have.

  14. rg, remember March, when we were debating whether Hughes or Joba should be our fifth starting pitcher. Hughes outperformed any of our March expectations. Also remember that the guy had never pitched more than 116 innings in any year before this year (and that 116 inning year was 4 years ago). I suspect that Hughes was pretty much exhausted. For a guy on an innings limit, Hughes threw around 192 innings this year (including the post-season). I'm disappointed about last night, but I think that Hughes was one of our bright spots this year and I just hope he'll have something left in the tank for next year.

  15. In the 8th inning last night, I was resigned to the field winning this year. Here's my rational take that makes me feel better: The Yanx just completed their 110th season. With 40 WS appearances and 27 titles, that means they average a WS appearance every 2.75 years and a championship every 4 years. In other words they are winning a championship 25% of the time over a period of >100 years. The next closest team would be the Cards with 17 pennants and 10 rings (established 1882). I take comfort in the fact that St Louis could win the WS for the next 16 years and they still would have less. I surely don't expect to win it every year (although I expect the possibility to be there aka making the playoffs). If logic and rationality tells us that the playoffs are a crapshoot, and the Yanx have consistently won at a much higher clip than any other team, well then I can still rest easy. This series was quite simple for me: Yanx had depended on their bats and bullpen the last few months for any starter not named CC. Bullpen and [most of the] bats had a bad few games and the starters (other than CC) weren't good enough to overcome lack of pen and bats. These things happen. Lee will be worth a few extra wins and help the rotation next year, especially in the playoffs. They'll be in the hunt yet again, which is all we can really ask for (at least rationally).

  16. Nobody's embarrassed because we lost 2 the Rangers, JUST THAT WE LOST, and how we lost. More so the how I suppose, no heart//effort. A lot of blogs//articles are saying that and it feels right to me. Rangers wanted it more they've never been there. They got that hunger, it seemed like we didn't. Christ almighty did we swing w/e we damn well felt like, so many 1 pitch outs and swinging @ god knows what outside the strike zone (although I hope bad umping made us do that. but probably not) Sabrina & Mike' Ts posts helped to heal my gaping wounds for a little.

    Every time we lose met//sox fans//yankee haters harass us saying "u spent all that on Xplayer and this and that and still lose!" then we win…"OF COURSE U WON U BOUGHT THE RING AND SPENT $ ON xPLAYER THIS AND THAT". Spike Lee said it best "people like to see teams from ny lose". Alot of us are used to winning and expect to, and alot of people are tired of it. Whoever we lose to whenever we lose to them, will feel embarrassing. I'm sure the pats were embarrassed to lose to anyone regardless if its the giants or not, since they were SUPPOSED to win, but the giants are from ny & didn't have all that great of a record.

    I wouldn't take offense to any1 who told me they were embarrassed their team lost to the giants. Being the underdog is great, people cheer for that, they love seeing the lil guy beat the big guy. The big guy is NATURALLY embarrassed losing to sum1 that size. Rangers are no little guy, that would be the twins I think, I wanted to play TB everyone wanted the Rangers I knew they were crazy.

    That 07 pat season? IS EVERY YANKEE SEASON!! The media//fans (on either side) contribute to it. I don't think anyone can understand that unless they are fans of great teams w/ multiple championships. Lakers have been treated in a similar way recently , and the Heat w/ there triple threat are gonna get WHOLE LOTTA Yankee style hate. I don't mind having the frame of mind of THE BOSS, I rather out of this world high expectations than saying well at least we….THERE IS NO "AT LEAST WE" in NY its win the title or bust. Tons of pressure but its NY what you expect? It's part of what makes NY NY and the yanks the yanks….for better or worse! It's part of the the deal when you win and win w/ the yanks

    I really don't like writing that much and I REALLY hate spelling things correctly on the internet but I love the yanks, I cannot accept losing though I know full well you can't win every yr. but it is what it is, this is the life I choose becoming a Yankee fan I guess lol. It was hard to sleep that night, I feel almost a lil better now :)………not even close :(

  17. the yankees lost to a team whose payroll is 1/4 of theirs… how does cashman still have a job?

  18. Look, the Yankees are the most successful franchise in sports and have won almost 1/4 of all World Series ever played, appearing in about 40%. News flash: that means they're going to miss 60% of all WS and still not even win those they make. It's ok. Home fans got to witness up to 52 wins in a comfortable if not spectacular new stadium, and TV fans were treated to 95 wins. We have players to root for (for me it's Georgie and Mo) and players to complain about (Javy Vazquez), and plenty of haters to smirk at. The Rangers and Giants are a great matchup and pitchers and catchers report February 13th.

    Life is just fine.

  19. Jason & Co.:

    Thanks for providing me with the best way to follow and discuss the Yankees that I've had in years. Your blog really made my season.

    As for the Yankees, the ALCS was disappointing, but the season wasn't. We lost 4-2 in a best-of-seven series — all you can do is tip your hat and look to next year.

    Can't wait to share 2011 with you folks.

    Best,
    Matthew G.