The Yankee Depression of ’13
Posted by athomeatfenway on July 13, 2013
In this year when Suzyn Waldman and her trained buffalo are having trouble finding nice things to say about the Yankees I am having no difficulty finding the bad.
Waldman and her loudmouthed Yankee broadcast partner saw Ryan Doumit’s line leave Yankee Stadium. “IT’S GONE!”, the Buffalo exclaimed. “No doubt about it, it was a laser. Two runs on two home runs for the Twins, and they lead the Yankees 2 – 1 here in the 6th.”
“And for this Yankee team, a team that cannot score, that’s bad.”, said Waldman. “ In the past, being down one run in the 6th you would say ‘who cares’, but not with this team.”
“So true”, said the Buffalo.
There was a pregnant silence.
“Well, even with the two homeruns given up by Hughes, he has pitched fantastically today. I would have him pitch this way every time he makes a start!”, asserted the Buffalo.
“True.”, said Waldman.
Waldman and Buff are in the unusual position of having to dig deep to find something nice to say.
They are subdued and beaten. They are in a dark mood, sounding like reprimanded adolescents.
There is a lot to be bummed out about.
Jeter is on the DL again. The everyday line-up is largely unrecognizable. The 37-53 (4th place) Twins were out slugging the Yankees in the Bronx.
The Yankees were on a 3 game winning streak as they entered this game. Good news, right ? Well….not really. Those 3 wins were preceded by 3 straight losses. And those 3 losses were preceded by 6 straight wins – which were preceded by 5 straight losses.
That’s some ugly streaking.
It’s an ugly year in the Evil borough. I am taking as much relish in these Yankees difficulties as I would in casting a ballot to block Herr Steinbrenner from entering the HOF.
There is so much to enjoy.
CC Sabathia lost his last start by a 3-1 score. He threw a 113 pitch complete game against the Royals but the Yanks could not score for him. Nice.
Yankee fans are sticking a shiv in Joe Girardi’s back again, ignoring the fact that the former Yank catcher has the team 9 games over .500 despite the $90 million of Bomber payroll on the D.L..
“I don’t think Girardi is handling the pitchers well. They should get rid of him.”, says Yankee fan Ray in the Credit Union.
I love it.
Even better, the Yankee line-up is a mess.
Cast your eyes around the Yankee infield and say hello to 4 All Stars: Teixiera, Cano, Jeter and A Rod. Whoa. Hang on a second. It’s Overbay, Cano, Nunez and Cruz. I feel downright disoriented.
And do we have Ichiro, Granderson and Swisher in the outfield ? No. Swisher went to Cleveland and Grandy has a broken pinky. So the Yankees have Almonte, Gardner and Suzuki chasing fly balls.
The catching is less than tip top. The Bombers have Austin Romine behind the plate. He is batting .162. Russell Martin and Jorge Posada are long gone.
The Yanks can’t score. They are inconsistent. They start 5 guys with whom the casual fan is totally unfamiliar. Jeter is back on the DL after missing 90 games with a broken ankle.
And CC loses a gem.
I hope you are enjoying this baseball season as much as I am.