Thursday, June 11, 2009
It's Just Getting Ridiculous Now
Never in the history of my life-long devotion to the greatest franchise in professional sports, have I been this heated after a loss. Not after the 2001 World Series loss to the Diamondbacks. Not after the 2003 World Series loss to the Florida Marlins. Not even after the 2004 3-0 lead against the Red Sox that vanished quicker than Jessica Simpson's singing career. I just do not understand how the Yankees freeze up every time they see the Boston Red Sox.
It has to be all mental. The Yankees clearly have the ability to play championship baseball; they have the talent in every category. They have the power, pitching, fielding, and speed. But the one thing that separates the Red Sox from the Yankees is the Red Sox desire to win.
The Red Sox have a bunch of blue-collar players who you wouldn't even notice if you passed them on the street. Dustin Pedoria and Kevin Youkilis are two of the top 5 hitters in the American League. However, most casual fans couldn't pick them out of a lineup of white dudes if they tried.
Meanwhile the Yankees have all this star-studded talent, but it just seems like they have been missing something for the past 6-7 years. Now it's all in their head as the Red Sox have taken a 7-0 lead in the series between the two.
Sure the Yanks can beat up on the Blue Jays, the Rays, and the Rangers. But when it comes time to get down to business and win the games that are going to affect the rest of the season, they choke. Maybe we have a bunch of choke artists. Maybe they don't have a desire to get better and think they can get by on the talent they have now. Maybe our management has turned out to make bad decisions keeping Phil Hughes when we could have had Johan Santana.
I don't know what it is. All I know right now is that the Yankees are completely embarrassing their fan base. It would be one thing if your team was garbage, but the Yanks are a good team. Just not good enough to beat the Red Sox.
I'm not sure what has to change, whether it be the starting rotation, the lineup, or the bullpen. All I know is that this is just getting ridiculous now.