I’ve been a Yankees fan now for 35 years. In that time, I’ve heard many a baseball axiom. One that has always been in my personal top ten is: Each season, every big league team is going to win 60 games, no matter what, and, every big league team is going lose 60 games, no matter what – and it’s what they do in the other 42 games that will define their overall record.
The Yankees just picked the wrong day, today, to have one of those 60 games that you’re going to lose, no matter what. By getting their clocks cleaned in Boston today, New York loses any miracle shot that they had at winning the A.L. East, and, in the process, they also allow the Tigers to sneak-up into being now just 3 games back of the Yankees, in the loss column, of the Wildcard, with 14 games left to play.
Yes, note that latter point. At this junction, the Wildcard is no longer as secure as it was for New York just a few days ago.
The Tigers have now won 9 of their last 11 games and they get to close out their season with 9 games against the Twins, Royals and White Sox. Be concerned, Yankees fans, be very, very, concerned.
Lastly, regarding this game, shame on the umps for allowing Beckett to stay in the game after hitting Giambi. They knew it was intentional. That’s why they issued the warning after that. So, if you knew it was intentional, then, why allow him to stay in the game? That was handled very poorly by the men in blue. And, I wonder what will happen now if some Yankees pitcher hits a Boston batter tomorrow night?