On Rooting For The Yankees and Writing About Them

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.

About Stacey Gotsulias

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money and co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast.

5 thoughts on “On Rooting For The Yankees and Writing About Them

  1. I think one of the side effects of the extra rounds of playoffs is an increase in schadenfreude. In the old days, teams would drift out of contention over the course of the season. But now teams get punted out of the playoffs suddenly, and other teams’ fans take great delight in it. It makes for a different dynamic.

  2. St. Louis’ demise was actually worse than the Yankees. Although they “only” lost three in a row (vs. four), their expectations were much higher after taking a 3-1 lead. Not only did they stop hitting, but they also stopped pitching and fielding, a total collapse. The Yankees had pitching and fielding up to the last game. If my team’s going to get swept, do it 4-0; don’t tease me as in 2004.

  3. As a Yankees fan, I want the Detroit Tigers to win the 2012 World Series because I want my team to be beat by the best. At least I could say “Hey, the team who beat my team was the best.” I was glad the Angels won the 2002 WS and the Red Sox won the 2004 WS. I was annoyed that the Tigers lost the 2006 WS and the Rangers lost the 2010 WS to who I thought were inferior teams, especially the 2006 Cardinals, an 83-win team. I was annoyed that the Angels lost the 2005 ALCS, the Indians lost the 2007 ALCS, and the Tigers lost the 2011 ALCS.

    As bad as the Yank’s offense was in the 2012 ALCS, I don’t think they have to do very much in the way of offseason moves.

    If they re-sign Kuroda and Pettitte, the rotation is set: Sabathia, Kuroda, Pettitte, Hughes, and one from Nova, Phelps, and Warren.

    If they re-sign Rivera, Rapada, and Eppley and pick up the club option on Aardsma, the bullpen is set: those four, Robertson, Logan, and Chamberlain. They could always sign a guy and have him compete with Aardsma, Eppley, Chamberlain, and perhaps Nova or Phelps for the final slot in the bullpen in spring training.

    I want them to re-sign Stewart because he’s a good defensive catcher, Nix because he’s a good backup 2B/SS I have no problem seeing hold down SS until Jeter returns Erick Almonte style (if Jeter won’t be ready for Opening Day), Chavez, and Dickerson for the bench. I would not mind Kevin Youkilis as the super backup 1B-3B who could get some starts in DH. That’s a solid bench defensively and Stewart is the only weak link offensively on it.

    The starting nine should be radically altered. I want A-Rod out of here even if the Yanks have to throw in $80M to get rid of him. I want Nunez to play everyday at 3B and bat second between Jeter and Cano. This keeps Jeter at SS and opens the door for David Wright at 3B in 2014 (Jeter to 2B, Nunez to SS.) I want Suzuki, Granderson, and Swisher out of here and replaced by Melky Cabrera in LF, Gardner in CF, and either Juan Rivera or Torii Hunter for 2013 only in RF. I want the Yanks to bring back Dioner Navarro to catch as he’d be only 29, he has a 30% success rate throwing out basestealers, and cost a fraction of the cost of a multi-year deal for Martin who barely hit over .200 this past season.

    As for DH, Granderson to the Cubs for Alfonso Soriano straight up if A-Rod is traded.

  4. It certainly is hard to watch your team lose. For some reason, this sweep at the hands of Detroit was painless. Last year was 100x worse and 2004 was 100x worse than last year. But this year was really not so bad. The reason is not complicated. Several of us on the ESPN NY site have been predicting this since April. My beloved Yanks started off 21-21 and despite a hot June, went back to mediocre play once they reached that 10 games up mark. The consistent culprit was the hitting w RISP. Seems that every week brought one of those 1-10 w RISP games that they’d lose by 1 run. This was followed by the talk that the Yanks were a great team in a long season, built to “make” the playoffs but not win in the playoffs. All the comments made by a handful of us are still there to read, a matter of record. When you comment 20+ times during the course of the season that this team is not going to excel in the playoffs due to certain styles of play, then fails as if we had a crystal ball, it akes it more easy to take. You predict w your head and you root w your heart. I almost shot the TV last year when the Yanks left the bases loaded twice w/out scoring and only 1 out, or less….and then lost a 1 run game 5. This year? I was mentally and emotionally prepared.

  5. the end to the season WAS just awful, but I sincerely hope that you do not allow yourself to dwell on what’s now past rather than look forward to a new season, one where again the Yankees do extremely well through the first 162, and go into playoffs and win their final game.