2011 New York Yankees: Media Baiting The Bombers Right Into Winning No. 28 2011 New York Yankees: Media Baiting The Bombers Right Into Winning No. 28 2011 New York Yankees: Media Baiting The Bombers Right Into Winning No. 28

2011 New York Yankees: Media Baiting The Bombers Right Into Winning No. 28

It’s September 17, 2011, the New York Yankees are playing a Saturday afternoon game up in Toronto, the second of a three game set against the Blue Jays.

Including this game, there are just 10 games left in the regular season.

The Yankees, who are leading 4-1 in the bottom of the eighth, are about to clinch the AL East.

Shocking to say the least, as no one predicted the Bombers to even be wildcard contenders. Unquestionably, this was not supposed to be happening.

I mean the Yankees were old, outdated, yesterday’s stars and age was supposed to come before beauty in 2011.

These statements were specified as facts that Yankee fans were told to deal with it back in April.


Well, because the 2011 World Series was going to be between the Phillies and Red Sox. PERIOD.

The Yankees were assumed to be building a nursing home in October, not playing in it.

How could they win, with a below average shortstop, an overrated third baseman, a declining guy at first and a pitching staff that only had one certified ace.

So let’s say after clinching, the Yankees finished the 2011 season posting 103 wins. Continued onto the World Series, a rematch against the Phillies and the outcome was like déjà vu.

I can promise the players would jump onto the field at Yankee stadium as if this was their first championship, not the franchise’s 28th.

The famous “core four” would now need to use both hands to wear all six rings.

Who knew that in addition to being World Champions again, their cheating, celebrity hungry and way over-paid guy at third could be taking home his fourth MVP award.
Could anyone say media mess?

Seriously, to top it off FOX announcer Joe Buck threw-up on camera while saying, “The Yankees are back on top.” Buck went on to collapse.

Yes, this would make Yankees Universe turn into a solar system and surely some readers might have shortness of breath at this point.

Instead, be thankful that someone is giving you notice that this result could undoubtedly happen.

Just think about all those baseball experts who said the 2011 Yankees were not a championship caliber team. Talk about looking like an idiot and that is me being polite.

The sports media took advantage by creating so much drama about the Yankees in the last year. Not one MLB writer seemed to mind losing some creditability and a lot of integrity in exchange for viewers.
So, what if this scenario became your reality?

What would you say and how would you say it, without looking even more like a lunatic?

My point is that the Yankees have officially heard all the crap and were forced to deal with it since 2010 finished.

No one thought that of it as the perfect bait to motivate a team that knows how to do one thing better than any other team…..

That is WIN!


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  2. Uncle Mike says:

    If that scenario came to pass, I would be just fine with it. The only thing I would change is have the Yankees clinch the AL East the next day, so it could be on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, forcing Joe Morgan to watch, as Robinson Cano hits 2 homers to stake his claim to being the best second baseman in baseball since, well, Joe Morgan. A status Cano will clinch in the World Series as A.J. Burnett strikes out Chase Utley to end a Phillies rally.

    • Kate says:

      LOVE IT!! I just think that since Brett Favre is officially dealing with the pending lawsuits, his sister and his inflated ego, ESPN has gone after the Yankees. Specifically…. Derek Jeter because viewers listen when it's about him, like they used to when it was about Favre. The two could not be more different, as Favre had sometimes multiple press conferences a day and his post game Q&A's were so painful to listen too. Favre can only blame himself for going from a hero to a complete zero.

      Back to Jeter, the man doesn't want or attract attention, but ESPN is going to all new lows to make headlines about the Captain. There are plenty other Yankees that would give ESPN stories, like an A-Rod or Joba but they don't resonate with the viewers like Jeter. I get it is about viewership, but Jeter is not an ego-maniac like Favre so I wish they could just respect the guy.

      I think the Yankees have been baited this entire off-season by the media in order to generate headlines and this might be the best thing to drive the team to win. Jeter is sure more motivated than I have ever seen before, as he is chomping at the bit to start Spring Training.

  3. leenick says:


    • Kate says:

      Yes Leenick I agree with you completely. Wouldn't it be nice if amongst all this off-season's negative press about being too old and how they are not going to make the playoffs…that the Yankees go and slaughter opponents all the way to the World Series. The team has taken the bait…that is for sure!!

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