The first three games, excuse me Yankees losses, in the four game set vs. the Red Sox were absolutely heartbreaking that I really do not want to rehash.
MY ENCOURAGING AND SURPRISING NEW TAKE ON THE 2013 YANKEES:
The one thing I have to say in spite of the Yankees losing three of four to the Red Sox, in my opinion not once did they look that out matched.
But to be fair, Thursday night’s 9-8, defeat can be chalked up to bad umpiring by the infamous Joe West who called a check swing when clearly Joba Chamberlain got Shane Victorino to strike out swinging.
By no means am I making excuses, as blown calls are part of sports, but even Red Sox manager John Farrell admitted to MLB.com in the post game that, “We may have caught a break there.”
So all in all, I do not think it is doomsday just yet for the Yankees postseason hopes.
What got me was after reading Bill Madden of the New York Daily News article from yesterday where he is claiming that the Yankees are one giant illusion, but I completely disagree.
Mr. Madden echoed that the Yankees AL Wild Card hopes are due to being beneficiaries of the mediocre competition surrounding the two coveted playoff spots.
Basically, he insulted the Rays, Orioles and Indians for not being challenging enough to push the Yankees out of October contention.
Mr Madden obviously is taking the cup is half empty stance, while completely disregarding everything the Yankees have had to overcome this season.
Unlike Mr. Madden, who I respect immensely, my mindset is no team should be considered finished until their chances are up.
See it doesn’t matter whether a team goes enters the playoffs as the hands-down favorites, or the underdog of underdogs because that is just the physical aspect that comes with the territory of being a pro athlete.
But when it comes to winning championships, the mentality of a team comes into play a lot more.
That would mean that Mr. Madden’s calling the Yankees hopes of a postseason berth an illusion is actually a compliment because this team has been all heart, all season long.
I am just as guilty as Mr. Madden for making excuses to why this Yankees team is not on the Yellow Brick Road to October.
But after this series with the Red Sox I saw a team that is not going to give up, so I am not going to either.
And as Yankees great and 10 time World Series Champion Yogi Berra always says:
“It ain’t over till it’s over. “
Now I just hope my new attitude can last….LOL!
Also, please go get yourself some NY Yankees tickets so when the team returns home next week, and are still in playoff contention the Stadium is packed.