Since getting embarrassingly swept out of the 2012 ALCS at the hands of the Detroit Tigers, the New York Yankees have been all about the drama.
Starting with a turbulent off-season, where Yankees fans learned that the late, great George Steinbrenner’s definition of winning was not passed down to his son and inherited team owner, Hal.
The fact that the Yankees are not a lock for a playoff berth this season shouldn’t be as shocking as it feels because the red flags were a flying, specifically two, before Spring Training even started.
1) The first red flag was not making starting catcher Russell Martina top priority during the off-season. Actually, Martin who clearly stated he wanted to stay in the pinstripes did not even receive an offer from the Yankees at all.
Donde es mousier Martin?
Martin is down in Pittsburgh playing for the Pirates, a team who is a game back in the NL Central and sitting atop the NL Wild Card standings with a 2.5 game lead.
Earlier this week, I was listening to the ESPN station on Sirius and the Pirates inking Martin ranked as the fourth best made last off-season.
Not shocking, as the Pirates are a better team with Martin.
The reason the number is now nine is because Mr. Seely wrote the article prior to the Yankees losing to the Blue Jays 5-2 last night up in Toronto.
Here is an excerpt from the article with a link at the end to read it in full. This is a must read for Yankee fans, as this is our reality now.
Ten losses. It seems like a lot, but it’s not. Ten losses. That’s our wiggle room.
Ten losses. That’s a couple Phil Hughes meltdowns, one Joba outing, a handful of those one-run scoring nights – and maybe a game pissed away by a bad umpiring call. Ten stinkin’ losses. Any more, and it’s football season: How ’bout them Gints! Eleven losses, and we’re looking at next year’s Yankee roster, which is to say, we’re looking for a resurgence sometime around 2016. Wake me before the asteroid hits. Slade Heathcott will be 35.
The New York Yankees are on a tear winning 10 of last 11 games, and are 3.5 games back in the AL Wild Card standings.
New York Yankees (Photo credit: Keith Allison)
Back on the road for the next six games the Yankees will play three down in Tampa Bay vs. the Rays before heading up to Canada to face the Blue Jays, who they have an 12-1 record against on the season.
As in their minds, the Yankees are already playing in playoff-like games because they need to win all these games to earn a chance for when it counts.
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Obviously the Rays are leading the AL East so the Yankees can gain with getting some more W’s this weekend.
Leno had asked Cuban what he thought about the whole Alex Rodriguez drama, and the pending 211-game suspension MLB commissioner Bud Selig handed the Yankees third baseman.
At first I thought Cuban’s point might have been personal because of MLB rejected his attempts to buy the Cubs and the Rangers.
But my sentiments have changed after learning that Selig handed Ryan Dempster a 5-game suspension with a $2500 fine for intentionally throwing at A-Rod in last Sunday night’s game between the Red Sox and Yankees.
Dempster will not even miss a start for the Red Sox, which is a total joke.
Selig basically is saying that is unacceptable behavior, and then turning around and winking at Dempster.