Who’s disappointed?

You know who I really want to hear from the day after the Yankees get eliminated from the playoffs? Randy Levine. I’m not kidding either. I’m already feeling like crap, so if Levine is going to make his presence known he might as well do it today when there’s no chance he’s going to ruin my day. And besides, there’s a decent chance he’ll say something really stupid that I can mock and maybe make myself feel better at the expense of the very wealthy boot-licker.

I’m not sure this qualifies though:

Abiding by George Steinbrenner’s credo of “championship or failure,” Yankees team president Randy Levine labeled the 2011 season as unsuccessful.

“We are the Yankees,” Levine told ESPNNewYork.com Friday as he and the franchise coped with being eliminated at home in Game 5 of the ALDS by the Detroit Tigers. “That is the way The Boss set it up. When you don’t win the World Series, it is a bitter disappointment and not a successful year.”

Ugh. I’m sorry, but I hate this “World Series or bust” crap. It’s nice as an aspiration, I suppose, but it’s so unrealistic as to be little more than a public facade. I certainly hope no one in the organization believes it because the last time that happened, George Steinbrenner pushed the Yankees into arguably the franchise’s lowest period since Babe Ruth came to town with his infamous impatience.

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Break Up the Yankees?

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog). Joe Girardi should be fired. Alex Rodriguez choked again. Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher aren’t tough enough to perform in the postseason. The Yankees should just let CC Sabathia opt out. He can’t win in October anymore. Undoubtedly, many of the sentiments above will be expressed today by Yankees’ fans who are still angry over their team’s early dismissal from the 2011 postseason. Unfortunately, too many of those who follow the Bronx Bombers are of the opinion that if the season doesn’t end with champagne, it must be a failure. Of course, Continue reading Break Up the Yankees?

A Rational Goodbye to the 2011 Season

It hurts. It hurts for the Yankees to lose in the playoffs and for their season to end. I once knew a therapist who said that sports were a leading cause of depression among men – trailing behind events like losing a loved one or being fired from one’s job. I take these losses seriously.

I also know that the closer your team comes to winning it all, the harder it is to have them lose. I remember 2001. I know this might sound like self-entitled nonsense to fans of teams like the Cubs who haven’t sniffed a World Championship in eons. But every Yankee fan is also a fan of less successful teams. My California Golden Bears haven’t seen a Rose Bowl since Eisenhower was President, but it didn’t hurt that much when they gave up 29 unanswered points to Oregon last night.

So we fans are hurting, and now is the time of year when we can most be forgiven some irrational behavior. But let’s resist. We are Yankee fans, the fans of the greatest franchise in any sport, and I expect better from us.

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Positive reflections on the 2011 season

Shortly after a scheduling conflict prevented me from writing my typical Monday, 1pm post it dawned on me that my next scheduled post might be due just after the Yankees had been eliminated from the playoffs. As a result, I’ve had ample time to reflect on what I would write about if events didn’t break the team’s way. Imagine my surprise to discover that, in the end, I only had positive things to say about the 2011 season. It is natural to be disappointed when a 97 win team finishes with home field advantage in its league only to lose Continue reading Positive reflections on the 2011 season

Oh what a season!

I guess the optimistic way to approach today is to look at it as the start of the offseason, and to start getting ready for the 2012 season, but after the way this series played out, I just don’t have the heart for that. Since it’s Friday, I’ll probably leave most of that stuff for Monday, which will let me process the last 18 hours or so a little more as well. But before we get to all that, let’s take a minute to reflect on the unbelievable season this turned out to be.

The emotional high point of the season, for me, was Derek Jeter‘s re-emergence as an offensive threat. I don’t really think there’s any question that the lasting image of the 2011 season will be Jeter’s 3,000th hit. Really, that whole game was amazing. I admit it, I didn’t think Jeter had it in him anymore, and he absolutely proved me wrong.

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The Immediately After

Not ten minutes ago, the Yankees 2011 season ended. Like 2010, it ended with a right handed closer for the opponent getting Alex Rodriguez to swing and miss to end the game. Like 2010, it ended earlier than we thought it should have. First of all, I want to thank each and every one of you. If you read this site every day, thank you. If you read it once in a blue moon, thank you. The fact that you stop by and read this whenever you do fills me with more joy than you could ever imagine. I’m sure Continue reading The Immediately After

A moment of thanks

It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.

~A. Bartlett Giamatti


I have been trying to figure out how I was going to recap the 2011 season for quite some time now, and frankly, I don’t think I really expected to be doing this today. It has nothing to do with the opponent and much more with what the end of a season, any season, represents and how much I dread it. The quote above is the perfect capture of this feeling. The beginning of the season ushers in (at least to us in the NorthEast) the warmer weather, letting us know the longer days are coming. But as the season closes, the losses not only tick down the time left for our favorite teams, but also the time left before the cold arrives. And even if you aren’t in the NorthEast, the cold of the off-season is upon us all.

For me, this 2011 season has been an absolutely lost season for me. I watched fewer games and innings than I have in years. I started this site in December 2007 because I loved writing and sharing all things Yankees, and then some. Fortunately or unfortunately, I was barely able to write much this season. A new job that started for me in Spring Training has taken me away from writing. Work happens, folks. I’ve been here every day, reading every comment and posting, but I haven’t been able to do what I usually do and that stinks. Work comes first and while I know you all understand, it’s with my sincerest apologies that my voice was largely silent in 2011.

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Requiem for a Season

Tigers end Yanks’ season for second time in six years, win 2011 ALDS three games to two. The 2011 Yankees were a great offensive team, posting the third-best wOBA in MLB (.346) and tying for the second-best wRC+ (113) in the league. In the most important game of the season, the team that averaged 5.35 runs per game — second in all of baseball — could only muster up two, as the Yankees lost the 2011 ALDS to the Tigers three games to two, losing Game 5 by a score of 3-2 (their second one-run loss of the series), marking Continue reading Requiem for a Season

ALDS Game Five: Tigers 3, Yankees 2

The Playoffs returned to the Bronx on Thursday, as the Yankees and Tigers played the deciding game of the ALDS.  Ivan Nova started the game, but was pulled after just two innings due to tightness in his forearm, leading Joe Girardi to using his bullpen for most of the game.  The Yankees trailed early, but were always in the game.  Unfortunately, they were unable to capitalize on their offensive opportunities, taking a 3-2 loss to the Tigers and ending their 2011 series in the ALDS.

Nova got Austin Jackson to strikeout to start the game, but gave up back-to-back homers to Don Kelly and Delmon Young, as the Tigers took an early lead.  Nova shook it off and struck out Miguel Cabrera before getting Victor Martinez to ground out and end the inning with Detroit ahead 2-0.

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