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Since 2001, the Boss has bought players like Giambi, Mussina,
So the Yankeesí 4-5-6 batters are hitting .180 in their last
172 postseason ABís. Wonderful, isnít it? Mussina was
great in game 3 of the 2001 ALDS and had a great relief outing in game 7 of the
í03 ALCS. However, he couldnít hold a 3-1 lead on Thursday against a team he
dominated back in June. He lost game 5 of last yearís ALDS, and couldnít hold a
6-1 lead against
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That leaves us with A-Rod. If you have read any of my articles, you know I love him and have defended him to death. Deep down, in my heart of hearts, I donít want to see him go. It probably would be better for both A-Rod and the Yankees, but I donít want see it happen. Maybe now that Pinella is likely to manage next year, he can fix his head.† But who knows?
Back to postseason performances, now. The Yankees have now lost 3 consecutive postseason series. They havenít done that sinceÖ wellÖ they have never done that. Theyíre also 3-10 in their last 13 postseason games. That is their worst stretch ever. In their most recent bust, the lineup that I thought put Murdererís Row to shame completely flopped. Since Damonís HR in game 2, they hit .186 and went 20 innings with out scoring a damn run. In 1927, Mudererís Row hit .280 and scored 6 runs per game. Kenny Rogers, who had been the playoffsí all-time worst pitcher, looked like Sandy Koufax. Jeremy Bonderman, who was smacked around twice by the Yankees early in the year, looked like Bob Gibson. Iím not trying to take anything away from these two, but theyíre simply not that good. Since when do two average pitchers pitch the game of their life on back-to-back days against a great lineup? Since the 2006 ALDS, I guess.
In 2005, this same group of guys, minus Damon, flopped. The
best offense in the league was shut down once again. They averaged 5.5 runs per
game, and in the playoffs, they scored under 5 in all but one game. A-Rod was
2-for-15 and hit into an infamous double play. Matsui was 4-20 and
We all know about 2004, and talking about that is prohibited in my household, so letís move on.
Keith thinks Iím a spoiled Yankee fan, and I have nothing to complain about since my team makes the playoffs every year, and won it 4 out of 5 years. Well yes, I am spoiled, but that isnít my fault. It isnít my fault that my team makes the playoffs every year. Even though they did it win it as recently as 2000, I never saw them win it. In case you didnít know, Iím 17. In 2000, when they won it, I was 11 and I was asleep. So just like any other Cubs fan who is under the age of 100 or any Indians fan under the age of 65, Iíve never seen my team win it. So I think I have every damn right to complain when my team has a hall of fame player at every single position and fails. I have every right to complain when perennial All Stars under achieve when it matters most. Speaking of having All Stars at every position, that could well change.
During this off-season, tons of things probably will change.
Whomever the Yankees sign or trade for, I hope they realize that the blueprint for drawing 4 million people is not the same blueprint for winning a championship.
Disagree with something? Got something to add? Wanna bring up something totally new? Tony Aubry lives in Queens, New York, and can be reached at email@example.com.