• Fun Septembers In Yankeeland

    Posted by on August 30th, 2010 · Comments (5)

    What a difference a year makes, huh? Last season, at the close of business on August 31st, the Yankees were in first place by 6 1/2 games. They’re not going to match that cushion this year – and it appears that we’re going to have a September to remember in Yankeeland in 2010. But, when was the last time that we had such a thing? It wasn’t 2008 – that’s for sure. At the close of business on August 31st 2008, the Yankees were 12 1/2 games out of first place.

    Heading into September 1st 2005, the Yankees were 2 1/2 games behind the first place Boston Red Sox. And, heading into September 1st 2004, the Yankees were 3 1/2 games ahead of the second place Boston Red Sox.

    But, in terms of being really, really, close, you have to go back to 1993. That season, heading into September 1st, the Yankees were 1 1/2 games behind the first place Toronto Blue Jays. And, the last time before that, if you ignore the broken season of 1981, you have to go back to 1980. That season, heading into September 1st, the Yankees were 1 1/2 games ahead of the second place Baltimore Orioles.

    Should be fun to see how this September works out for the Yankees. Will it be more like 2005, 1993 or 1980? My money is on 2005. What do you think?

    Comments on Fun Septembers In Yankeeland

    1. Jim TreshFan
      August 30th, 2010 | 10:53 am

      The Yankees overall record and lead over the Red Sox after games played on 8/30/09 were 82-48 and 6 1/2 games respectively. The difference this year is Tampa Bay.

      I am informed that the last time the Yankees were tied for 1st place this many days was in 1924. Not one of their better Septembers.

    2. Corey Italiano
      August 30th, 2010 | 11:45 am

      The way I see it, the Yanks have a 6.5 game cushion this year too.

    3. August 30th, 2010 | 12:03 pm

      Corey Italiano wrote:

      The way I see it, the Yanks have a 6.5 game cushion this year too.

      True.

      And, Hank alluded to this the other day. I think the Yankees would be happy to “back in” via the WC. And, that’s the problem, from an excitement factor, with having the WC. Imagine how boring September 1978 would have been if there was a WC back then?

    4. Corey Italiano
      August 30th, 2010 | 12:29 pm

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      Oh, don’t get me wrong, as a baseball fan I’d love to see a division chase down the wire with the Yankees taking it. But, with the current system and the fact that there’s only been 4 non AL East wild card entries, it’s hard to see something like that happening again any time soon.

    5. INAC
      August 30th, 2010 | 6:40 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Corey Italiano wrote:
      The way I see it, the Yanks have a 6.5 game cushion this year too.
      True.
      And, Hank alluded to this the other day. I think the Yankees would be happy to “back in” via the WC. And, that’s the problem, from an excitement factor, with having the WC. Imagine how boring September 1978 would have been if there was a WC back then?

      I remember in 2008 when the Rays and Red Sox were duking it out big-time for the division, even though both teams were long heading to the playoffs.

      It didn’t detract from how great many of those games were. There were three classics in the space of about a week between those two, all won by the Rays.

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