Via Jason Keidel today -
“The Yankees have never lost a division after leading it by seven games!”
True. And I used to believe in bedrock stats like that. Until 2004. A lot of folks think Curt Schilling killed the Yankees’ nimbus in 2001, when he barked about “Aura” and “Mystique” dancing at your local gentlemen’s club. In truth, he killed it with his bloody sock and the bloody choke perpetrated by Joe Torre’s Yankees three years later.
The Yankees just don’t scare anyone anymore. Now they must win with talent and temerity, just like everyone else, particularly with Hal Steinbrenner’s sudden frugality, biting chunks off their titanic payroll every year.
In any event, I think that Jason may be on to something here.
I was actually thinking about this earlier today.
Given the Red Sox massive choke last year and their turd of a season this year, if the Yankees now cough up their playoff spot this season, does that mean that the balance of power in the A.L. East, that used to tilt so much in the direction of New York in Boston, is now more evenly spread? And, if so, does that mean the Yankees are just another team in the mix and no longer the one for the others to try and beat?