From the Boston Herald:
While the Yankees were pounding away at the Devil Rays for 13 runs Tuesday night, one Red Sox player, without taking his eyes off the clubhouse cribbage board, said: “That is the worst team in baseball history.”
There is a very good chance he was talking about the Devil Rays, but every day the evidence keeps piling up that the worst-case scenario for the 2005 Yankees is coming true.
They are flops so far, the embarrassing kind. Even when they play the schoolyard bully and beat up the scrawny kid in glasses, they come back the next day and crumble when they lay eyes on the weakling the next time instead of flashing the menacing glare that should be enough.
As incredible as the Yankees’ four-home run surge was for the 35 minutes it lasted Tuesday night, captivating the many Red Sox players who were watching it, lost in the bluster was that these were the Devil Rays, the worst team in the American League, who the Yankees were beating up.
So Bernie Williams’ comments after the game (“If there was a turning point to the season, this should be it”) reflect just how lost and pathetic the Yankees are right now.
To channel the voice of Jim Mora when he was coaching the Indianapolis Colts and incredulously repeated “Playoffs? Playoffs?” after a particularly crushing loss, to have even a single Yankee express wistfully that this kind of effort would represent a “turning point” just goes to show how out of whack and whacked out the Yankees are this season.
Turning points for a baseball team come, more fittingly, when the catcher stuffs his mitt in the mouth of the most highly paid member of the archenemy.
Turning points come when a team performs a remarkable rally, shows great heart and admirable grit against a respected foe.
You can’t have a turning point against the Devil Rays, and the 5-3 Yankees loss against Tampa Bay yesterday is a reminder of both that and just how underachieving this $206 million unit truly is.
The Yankees are 3-6 against the Devil Rays this year, 1-5 against the Orioles, 3-2 against the Blue Jays, 4-5 against the Red Sox. After the Red Sox got through taking two of three at Yankee Stadium near the end of last month, the Yankees went out and got swept by the Royals, lost two out of three in series vs. the Twins, Brewers and Cardinals before running off six wins in a row against the Pirates and Cubs
Does Big Stein read the Beantown rags too?