• June 18th vs. The Nationals

    Posted by on June 18th, 2009 · Comments (14)

    pathetic

    Main Entry: pa·thet·ic
    Pronunciation: \pə-ˈthe-tik\
    Function: adjective
    Etymology: Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French pathetique, from Late Latin patheticus, from Greek pathētikos capable of feeling, pathetic, from paschein (aor. pathein) to experience, suffer — more at pathos
    Date: 1598
    1 : having a capacity to move one to either compassionate or contemptuous pity
    2 : marked by sorrow or melancholy : sad
    3 : pitifully inferior or inadequate [the restaurant's pathetic service]
    4 : absurd, laughable [a pathetic costume]
    5 : the way the New York Yankees played the Washington Nationals during the games of June 16, 17, and 18 in 2009.

    You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? The Yankees in their last 14 games where they’ve gone 6-8 and should have gone 4-10 if not for gifts from Willy Aybar and Luis Castillo.

    Joe Girardi must feel like he’s wet nurse to an overpaid, dead-to-the-neck-up ball club, and he’s choking to death.

    Comments on June 18th vs. The Nationals

    1. June 18th, 2009 | 11:09 pm

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    2. June 18th, 2009 | 11:33 pm

      To be honest Steve, this is a bit of regression (or progression) to the mean on both accounts.

      The Yanks weren’t going to play .800 baseball as they had been before the last week or so and the Nats are not as bad as their record indicates.

      They are not a good team by any stretch, but they are not as historically bad as their record would show. They play hard and can score runs, it was pitching and the volatility of young pitching that has hurt them.

      Yankee fans (and apparently the Yankees) underestimated them at their peril.

    3. June 19th, 2009 | 7:24 am

      Okay, see. That was an unimpressive, no-name pitcher the Yankees inexplicably couldn’t touch. Everyone may now resume their complaints.

    4. Raf
      June 19th, 2009 | 8:05 am

      Joe Girardi must feel like he’s wet nurse to an overpaid, dead-to-the-neck-up ball club, and he’s choking to death.

      He’s part of the problem as well…

      Meanwhile, Mr. Green Tea is doing ok.

    5. clintfsu813
      June 19th, 2009 | 8:45 am

      At this point teams should just bring up young pitchers from the minors to face us.

    6. yagottagotomo1
      June 19th, 2009 | 8:49 am

      Yeah, last night was all on Girardi. The Yankees never had similar problems with Torre. Oh, wait…….
      People overrate the impact of managers if they think Girardi had anything to do with last night’s loss.

    7. ken
      June 19th, 2009 | 8:58 am

      If The Boss were still in charge then Girardi would not be making the trip to Miami. It would be Donnie Baseball Act II. Mabye even Bobby V. stepping out of a non-stop flight from Japan with Yankees’ logo on the plane. Not sure if for better or worse but something would have happened.

    8. yagottagotomo1
      June 19th, 2009 | 9:02 am

      When the boss was making decisions like that, they Yankees were not very good. Firing a manager who has his club in a playoff spot is not the right move. If they miss the playoffs, that is a different story.

    9. Evan3457
      June 19th, 2009 | 9:36 am

      Actually, the defense was pretty good yesterday, with a couple of outstanding plays, and no sign of a lack of effort on that score.

      When a team is not hitting, and the Yanks have not been hitting (with the exception of the Mets series) all the way back to the Rays series before the Sox series, then it looks like they’re “not trying”, “lifeless”, “dead from the neck up”.

      Should a good team fail to hit the Nationals over two, three games? No, but it happens. Will it happen to the Red Sox when they play the Nationals soon? Alomst certainly not. Doesn’t mean it never happens. It does happen. Even to championship teams.

      The Yanks havn’t hit over their last 12 games or so. They’re 5-7 in that time. That’s not really that bad, even if two of the wins were “really” “losses”.

      Are they a championship team? Sure don’t look like one right now. Things change.

    10. Corey
      June 19th, 2009 | 9:42 am

      h/t to RAB with this 1:

      The 1996 Yankees lost a series on the road to the 13-46 Tigers (.220 win percentage).

    11. butchie22
      June 19th, 2009 | 10:23 am

      Corey wrote:

      h/t to RAB with this 1:
      The 1996 Yankees lost a series on the road to the 13-46 Tigers (.220 win percentage).

      That’s a case of apples and oranges at this point. The Yankees lost to a team that is not only the worst team in baseball BUT almost got swept at home by them! Corey, I know that it is typical of us fanatics to bring up instances where similar things happened in the past BUT to quote St Derek: “This is not the same team.”

      @ Steve, remember when you intimated that the Yanks weren’t that good because they were beating bad teams? Mate, I didn’t agree with you 100% BUT in this case the Yankees lost a series to a Mickey Mouse team! The Nationals make the Blackbirds look like the 27 Yankees! Yeah, they can hit BUT their pitching? Amazing how these Yankee hitters made them look so good. Lannan is a decent enough pitcher BUT the other two? The fact that the Yanks couldn’t beat these Gnats is worrisome. Yes, it’s one series but the Gnats suck!

    12. butchie22
      June 19th, 2009 | 10:51 am

      Raf wrote:

      Joe Girardi must feel like he’s wet nurse to an overpaid, dead-to-the-neck-up ball club, and he’s choking to death.
      He’s part of the problem as well…
      Meanwhile, Mr. Green Tea is doing ok.

      Mr Green Tea is in a relatively weak division. The Bloody Blue Jays had a better record than the Dodgers last year! The 4th place team in the AL East came out with more wins than the first place team in the NL West (Blue Jays had 86 wins, the Dodgers had 84 wins). One of my brothers mentioned something very interesting….did St Joe get the feeling that things would go downhill and then left? Funny that, did he sense that the team would not be as good in previous years? He did take umbrage at the diminuition of his salary that’s for sure, but maybe he saw the writing on the wall……..

      In the case of Gym Teacher Joe, if the GM spends 200 million dollars, he has a veritable supestar at every position, how much of the problem is he? TO me it comes down to Cash Man, because even if Dick Williams cam back he couldn’t motivate some of these overpaid superstars. The team has a lot of age on it AND there are holes despite spending 200 million dollars. Gym Teacher Joe is not perfect by any means but look at the what he is working with….an older team, a weak bridge to Mo, Pettitte nad Wang being up and down( in the case of Wang that’s an understatement). My precise point is that Cash Man is to blame in the end because he is the architect of this team .

    13. Raf
      June 19th, 2009 | 10:59 am

      yagottagotomo1 wrote:

      Yeah, last night was all on Girardi. The Yankees never had similar problems with Torre. Oh, wait…….

      I’m not going to say all that, but for someone who was presented as a tactical genius, I am pretty underwhelmed with Girardi so far.

    14. Raf
      June 19th, 2009 | 11:01 am

      butchie22 wrote:

      TO me it comes down to Cash Man, because even if Dick Williams cam back he couldn’t motivate some of these overpaid superstars.

      Like Jeter? Rivera? Posada? He wouldn’t motivate Rodriguez to come back ahead of schedule?

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