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New York Yankees: Top Seven Things Fans Don’t Understand Right Now

The New York Yankees lost a heart-breaker to the Texas Rangers in the 10th inning, final score 4-3.

It’s no big secret that the Yankees are losing, winning only 4 of last 11 games and falling fast.

The Bombers first place lead is dwindling down, now just a half-a-game over the Tampa Bay Rays. Now the Boston Red Sox are playing catch-up sitting at five games back and also making the AL East a three-team event again.

Yankees starting pitcher AJ Burnett looked really good…. again, but for how long is a total crap-shoot. Yankees need Burnett to perform more than ever because he could make or break whether October baseball happens.

Below you will read a list.  This list could be either interpreted as a fan’s cry for help, or a Yankees what NOT to do rant. Hey, my Yankees are slumping and at times a fan need to vent.

Whatever, let’s call it one fan’s observations:

  1. If the Yankees MVP is sick with the flu and running a fever…. why is he even at the ballpark? Especially when it is 120* degrees? Definitely a bad idea to pinch-hit Robinson Cano in the 6th inning.
  2. Skipper Joe Girardi decides to NOT start Jorge Posada, when Mark Teixeira is in NYC as his wife had a baby boy and Cano is “out” with the flu…. great idea. Girardi than claims that Posada’s shoulder hurt in the post-game, but he looked like he was fibbing and it was obvious.
  3. Nick Swisher cannot be the only player that hits, with flashes of A-rod on occasion. Hope Tex jumped on a plane to Texas because the team needs him NOW, more than ever.
  4. Lance Berkman and Austin Kearns have been Yankees for two weeks. GM Brian Cashman gave the impression that the two were to give the Yankees bench-depth down the stretch, so why is Girardi playing them so much? Since the day these two showed-up have things started to collapse. Kind-of ironic timing, don’t you think. Playing Granderson and Gardner everyday worked better and the proof is the team was winning.
  5. In 2009, the Yankees were the kings of the walk-off wins. The Yankees had more fight in their eyes, which the Rangers and Red Sox seem to have stolen.
  6. Girardi has acquired a smirk on his face and I don’t know what to think of it. It started in Tampa in the third game of the series, which was on the line as both teams had taken a game. Girardi look liked he was testing things out. Why the hell else would Lance Berkman be playing first-base in a spilt series with the Rays? I presumed the Yankees would put their best players out there to get a win and that was not the case. It was thoroughly disappointing, shocking and cocky of Girardi.
  7. This is short and sweet. Don’t leave runners stranded on-base. It is unacceptable going 0-9 and ditching 11 teammates on the pads against the Red Sox; in a game the Bombers should have won.

Am I turning into a hater-fan?

Not at all just a frustrated one, because remember someone in the AL East will not make the post-season.

Whoever the team may be, their fans will be heartbroken.




2 Comments

  1. Matt on Earth says:

    I usually really like your blog but I thought you were waaaaaay off on this one.

    1. Cano pinch hitting is not really that big of a deal. Maybe he was feeling better by then. Clearly going down the stretch, each game has the feel of "added importance." I like that they were going for the win.

    2. Why doubt Posada's health? It is definitely smart to bench Posada and give him a break. Girardi tried to sound optimistic but really this a really scare thought of losing a catcher of Posada's production. Even if they lose the game, preserving Posada for the stretch is more important. If Posada ends up getting severely hurt, the prospect of Cervelli as a starter every day is really hard to swallow. He's been terrible since April.

    3. Putting Kearns in the outfield was ABSOLUTELY the right move. Look at Granderson's splits. He has been DISMAL against lefties. This far into the season, it's clear the Granderson experiment isn't going to work itself out. Besides, last I noticed, Kearns got a couple hits yesterday. Lance kind of sucked but didn't hurt the team defensively. I still think he's a better DH though than the alternatives…Miranda, Curtis, etc.

    4. The whole "fight in the eyes" thing is just nonsense…and completely anecdotal. Up until about a week or so ago, the Yanks were leading the league in come from behind wins. They still might be but I haven't checked so I can't be certain. The reason they were winning a lot before the new guys showed up is they were playing some pretty soft competition for a bit.

    5. Berkman is clearly not as good as Tex. However, he is a solid first baseman. He had a rough outing against the Rays but I think you'll find his defensive metrics regress to the mean (the mean being better than what his numbers indicate).

    Lol … sorry just venting on your venting.

  2. Andreasoxfan says:

    I do not think you are a hater-fan at all.

    You are right. Can somebody please offer me a better reason to bench Tex for Berkman, than some “regression” toward the mean?

    Please, no median, average or trend is going to convince a Yankee fan that Berkman somehow belongs at first base over Teixeira, especially against the biggest threat in their division?

    For Real

    And I see the smirk you mentioned

    A Red Sox fan I am, but I can absolutely understand your frustration. I feel that sense of anxiety every time the eighth inning ends.

    Berkman is not an asset to the Yankee team. The Yankees do not need a “veteran” presence at First Base or anywhere. They need someone to run home. Brett Gardner would be great if he didn’t take six pitches to make an attempt at stealing second base. Teixeira is arguably the best first baseman in baseball

    Come on.

    It ends just as you said, with one team going to Disneyland in October instead of the playoffs. It certainly isn’t a good time to bench a guy who has proven to be one of the most reliable players in major league baseball down the stretch.

    Good Rant for Sure.

    Andrea