It hasn’t even been a week since the American League Championship Series ended and I am already in the throes of an offseason depression.
There are many reasons for this.
It was the way the Yankees ended their season. A sweep is never fun to witness but it’s especially unpleasant when your team is so lifeless and punchless that a bunch of corpses would have had better luck getting on base and/or scoring some runs.
It’s also because with an early – and ultimately sad – playoff exit, we as fans have to endure a barrage of ridiculous articles sooner rather than later.
This is why it is tough when you write about the team you grew up rooting for. A lot of times it’s hard to separate your fan side from your writer side.
Luckily for me because I blog and I don’t write for a newspaper, I am allowed to inject my opinions into my pieces. But as a blogger, you still have to be careful with the way things are written.
If I had actually written my true feelings about the Yankees being swept at the hands of the Detroit Tigers immediately after the final game ended, the post just would have been a long string of expletives.
Before I chose to become a baseball blogger, my usual practice after a playoff elimination, was to avoid the sports pages – the Daily News, The Post and the Times; ESPN and local news sports segments for at least a week after the Yankees were eliminated in the playoffs.
Part of it was me not wanting to deal with the loss – more specifically, not wanting to be reminded of it – and another part of it was that I was saving myself from getting angry at columnists and beat writers for the stuff they choose to write about.
I can’t do that now.
I write about the New York Yankees and because of that, I have to suck it up and read everything those columnists and beat writers churn out immediately after the playoff elimination.
And frankly, it’s horrible. Not the writing itself, but the regurgitating of the same stuff over and over and over again. Article after article blaming A-Rod, blaming the quiet Stadium; articles about the quiet bats, about the fans booing the players, about how old the Yankees are, etc.
The expectations. The failures. The money. The culpability.
And we have how many more months of this?
The World Series is finally going to start on Wednesday which, of course, will still be bad for Yankee fans and bloggers because we’ll have to deal with hearing our team mentioned every time the Detroit Tigers are mentioned.
“The New York Yankees, the losers of the ALCS, swept in a best of seven series for the first time since 1976.”
Every game, the anemic offense will be mentioned if/when a Detroit starting pitcher has a good inning, or a good start. Every game, the pitchers will be mentioned if Delmon Young, who was named the ALCS MVP, gets a hit.
I know, I probably shouldn’t complain. There are a lot of things that are much worse than being a Yankee fan/blogger. I could be stuck rooting for and writing for a team that barely ever makes the playoffs or worse yet, I could have been blogging about baseball in 2004.
What a frightening thought.