• September 28th @ The Red Sox – Game 2

    Posted by on September 28th, 2008 · Comments (8)

    And…that’s a wrap.

    Hey, it would have been nice to, in the end, win 90 games this season – all things considered. But, in reality, there’s really no difference between winning 89 or 90…when you’re still outside the dance, looking in, when the music starts.

    Yet, I give the Yankees some credit. They came out of the All-Star in a rush…winning 11 of 16 games. And, then, on August 4th, Joba Chamberlain got hurt in a game that the Yankees lost. And, that was iceberg that sank the ship. After that game, the Yankees went 15-17 in their next 32 games…and, in the process, they took themselves out of the Wildcard case.

    Need evidence? On August 4th, the Yankees were 2 games back, in the loss column, behind the Red Sox in the ‘card standings. And, 32 games later, after going that aforementioned 15-17, the Yankees were 10 games back, in the loss column, behind the Red Sox in the chase for the ‘card. That’s ten games back with 18 games left to play. It hit rock bottom on September 8th when the Yankees mailed in a game against the Angels.

    Yet, the Yankees didn’t tuck tail at that point. In those 18 games left to play, the Yankees, including this loss, went 13-5. That’s pretty impressive. It shows some pride. And, it shows that the team didn’t totally quit on Joe Girardi when they truly had a chance to check out.

    Yesterday, Ed Price, on Girardi, wrote:

    (The following analysis is based on conversations with people inside the Yankees clubhouse, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they didn’t want to criticize the manager publicly.)

    Girardi’s shortcomings this season have been a lack of communication with players and some of his coaches, an inability, at times, to create a productive atmosphere, a lack of a deft touch with the media (no small issue in New York) and an occasional disregard for players’ egos.

    Now, maybe it’s true that General Joe has some warts…at least this season. But, again, when your team is dead in the water and then goes out and wins 13 of their last 18, it says something…and part of that is that Girardi didn’t let this team limp across the finish line. That’s a positive…and more important than winning 90 instead of winning 89 games.

    Comments on September 28th @ The Red Sox – Game 2

    1. Raf
      September 28th, 2008 | 11:36 pm

      Now, maybe it’s true that General Joe has some warts…
      True, but what manager doesn’t?

    2. Tresh Fan
      September 28th, 2008 | 11:37 pm

      In a way, it’s actually better for the Yankees that they lost this last game. A win would have put them just 4 games out of the Wild Card, leaving the mistaken impression that the team was very nearly good enough in ’08—if only Wang, Matsui and Posada not gone down, if only A-Rod delivered in the clutch just three or four times, etc.—and little needs to be changed in ’09. Now, perhaps, the front office pooh-bahs will look into the team’s very glaring deficiencies a bit more carefully.

    3. September 29th, 2008 | 7:04 am

      It’s amazing how the bar has been lowered so fast. From, Win it all every year, to the “playoffs are a crapshoot” to they didn’t quit the last couple of weeks.Hate to be a cynic, but maybe generating a few more stats had something to do with it.

    4. September 29th, 2008 | 7:49 am

      I don’t agree with the assumption that Girardi did anything to help the team win games at the end. If anything, I think he became frustrated and gave up. When the rosters expanded, he brought up young guys and stuck them in the game more often, giving them a chance for some big league experience in what Girardi knew were essentially meaningless games.

      Ed Price succinctly summarized Girardi’s shortcomings. He can’t relate to the people in a meaningful way. Think how badly he handled the media and then picture this guy trying to deal with the team itself. A lack of rapport led to an amotivated, underachieving team that is out of the playoffs for the first time in years.

    5. September 29th, 2008 | 9:10 am

      LOL – see what happens when I try and make a “positive” post! 😉

    6. Corey
      September 29th, 2008 | 9:14 am

      I think the one thing we can take out of this is the Yanks OWN when the games don’t mean anything 🙂

    7. Raf
      September 29th, 2008 | 9:28 am

      “playoffs are a crapshoot”
      They are. How often does the best team in baseball win it?

      You battle over 162 games and then all of a sudden a 5 or 7 game series is a better indicator of how good your team is?

      Nonsense. Jeff Weaver in 2006. Ricky Ledee in 1998. Carlos Beltran in 2004. Nuff said.

    8. Raf
      September 29th, 2008 | 9:29 am

      Now, perhaps, the front office pooh-bahs will look into the team’s very glaring deficiencies a bit more carefully.
      Start with the offense, then the defense.

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