• Can’t Do It

    Posted by on October 22nd, 2015 · Comments (10)

    “If your team is out of it, and you’re a New Yorker (or, I suppose a Tri-State Area-e-r?) then you should get behind the Mets and root them on!”

    You hear this, or something like it, a lot these days.

    Pull-ease.

    If I had a dime every time (over the last 15 years or so) someone in “our area” told me they were a Red Sox fan, and, after I said “WTF?” they clarified it by saying “Well, my team is the Mets. But, in the American league, I root for the Red Sox” then I would have a whole lotta dimes, for sure.

    The majority of Mets fans don’t “get behind” the Yankees. At least not the ones that I always run into and know.

    So, don’t ask me to root for the Mets.

    If the Mets win a ring this year, they’ve earned it and deserve it. But, it will be without my “getting behind” them. I’m a Yankees fan and I just can’t do it.

    Feels Like 1986

    Posted by on October 19th, 2015 · Comments (7)

    Oh, the Mets caps and jerseys are coming out of the closets.

    Why is it when the Yankees win, this town yawns; but, when the Mets win, it’s like man landed on the moon for the first time?

    Personally, this puts me in a bad spot.

    Last time the Yankees won a ring was 2009. At the time, my daughter was 7 and my son was 5 years old. Needless to say, neither of them really remember it.

    Today, my daughter is 13 and my son is 11.

    The girl? She really doesn’t care. Baseball is boring, according to her. And, while I took her to countless games between the age of one and eleven, back in 2013 she told me “I really don’t want to go to any more baseball games.”

    My son, on the other hand, is a baseball guy. He works out for baseball, inside, from January through March. And, he’s on a baseball field 5 or 6 days a week between April and June. He also plays baseball in the fall. Basically, the only months he’s not doing much baseball related is November and December. Further, on the rare days where he’s not practicing or playing baseball, we go watch baseball games.

    He’s been raised a Yankees fan. And, he’s really feeling it now. They have practically painted his school blue and orange this month. Worse, they actually play the Mets theme song over the school P.A. every morning. (Like I said, MAN ON THE MOON!)

    The thing that really worries me is that these are different times – thanks to cable TV, the internet, and all the full-blown media coverage baseball gets today.

    When I was a kid, it was just the local teams. I watched and/or listened to every Yankees game and I lived and died with each win and loss. For him, it’s different. He’s more of a global connoisseur of the game. If you asked him to name his five favorite players in the game today, I would bet that at least four, and maybe five, of them would not be Yankees.

    If the Yankees continue to be O.K. but not great (or worse!) and the Mets continue to light the town on fire, how long will it be before he pulls a Harriet Bird and switches his gaze from the Whammer to Roy Hobbs? After all, he is just eleven. (For the record, I didn’t start following the Yankees closely until 1973…when I was 11!)

    Remind me again, how long until Cashman’s contract is up?

    Mets, Cubs, Royals & Jays

    Posted by on October 16th, 2015 · Comments (6)

    Be honest. Right now, these four teams are playing baseball at a level that the 2015 Yankees were never capable of reaching.

    One World Championship In The Last 15 Years

    Posted by on October 7th, 2015 · Comments (17)

    This all goes back to the end of September 2008. That’s when Brian Cashman should have been given his walking papers. But, the Yankees extended his contract, again and again, and here we are in 2015.

    Basically, if you are the usual age of a college senior, or younger, you have no actual memory of seeing the Yankees be a dominant, World Championship, type of team. (And, spare me the “What about 2009?” stuff. That was a gift. A perfect storm of things, including the chemistry or Anthony Bosch.)

    Until the Yankees actually get an astute G.M., nothing will ever change. In baseball today, you can no longer outspend everyone – which is Cashman’s secret sauce. Other teams have money and are willing to spend these days.

    Eighteen years of Cashman is enough. Need proof? Look at the last 15 years. Hey, look at the last NINE YEARS!

    In those 9 years, the Yankees have finished first THREE TIMES. And, they’re not going to finish first next year either. Just watch.

    And, That’s A Wrap On The Yankees 2015 Season

    Posted by on October 6th, 2015 · Comments (17)

    Expect more of the same, or worse, in 2016. There’s really not going to be a lot of roster changes and/or movement among the position players.

    By the way, tonight was only the 5th time in history that the Yankees played a home game at Yankee Stadium in the post-season and had 3 hits or less. And, it’s the only time its happened to them in a potential elimination game.

    Can Someone Tell Me Why Gary Sanchez Is On The Roster Tonight?

    Posted by on October 6th, 2015 · Comments (8)

    Really.

    CC To AA

    Posted by on October 5th, 2015 · Comments (4)

    Yankees say CC Sabathia is checking into alcohol rehabilitation center. I wish him luck. Addiction is a terrible burden.

    The 27-Time World Champion Yankees…

    Posted by on October 4th, 2015 · Comments (11)

    …back into home field for the 2015 A.L. Wildcard game.

    See you on Tuesday.

    A-Rod The Not So Great

    Posted by on October 4th, 2015 · Comments (6)

    Coming into the last game of the season, here is Alex Rodriguez’ BA/OBA/SLG line in his last 50 games played: .189/.283/.384 (in 187 PA).

    Yes, that’s a one-eighty-nine batting average over his last one-hundred-eighty-seven plate appearances. Basically, since August 7th, A-Rod has hit like a pitcher in the National League.

    As much as people want to give A-Rod credit for lifting the Yankees this season, they should also realize he is a huge reason why they tanked down the stretch as well.

    New York @ Houston On Tuesday?

    Posted by on October 3rd, 2015 · Comments (2)

    One more Yankees loss and one more Astros win, and, that will be a reality.

    This from the Yankees team who was in 1st place with a seven game lead on July 28th.  They also had a 4-game lead in the wildcard top spot on September 23rd.

    Oh, and, by the way, the Yankees have lost 15 of their last 25 games.

    Talk about trending in the wrong direction.

    The Yankees Are In The Playoffs!

    Posted by on October 2nd, 2015 · Comments (4)

    The party is on!

    Will I watch them in the wildcard game? Of course! And, I will root for them and I hope that they win. (After all, I am a Yankees fan.)

    Do I expect them to play well and advance in the post-season? No, not really…not at all.

    I mean…have you seen them play?

    • They are 10-13 in their last 23 games.
    • They are 27-27 in their last 54 games.
    • Since July 29th, this Yankees team is 30-30.

    Heck, they have gone just 66-60 in their last 126 games. (That translates to being a 85-win team over a full season.)

    This Yankees team is a not a very good team. Yes, they made the playoffs. But, they lose as often as they win…for the last 23, 54, and 60 games. Sixty games is a huge sample size. That’s more than one-third of the season.

    There’s no way this Yankees team is going to win 12 games in the post-season. They probably won’t even win one.