Too Many Cooks…

I can’t really get into what happened last night because the game itself was pretty infuriating in a number of ways. I don’t know why particular problems keep popping up against the Sox. But I do know this: people are basing their supposed “solutions” on the Yankees’ record against a single team. When has that ever helped a team improve over the entirety of its schedule?

I’m not saying that I’m immune. I do the same thing all the time: when the team looks good, everyone’s great!  When it looks bad, let’s blame A-Rod, Girardi, Swisher, Damon’s arm, Matsui’s knee, Dave Eiland, the bullpen, A.J., Posada, Kate Hudson, the water cooler, the security guard that bumps Pap Smear’s fist everytime he comes out of the bullpen. (Note: This is just a partial list.)

I realized last night, however, that I loved this team a week ago and I love it now. Sure, the bullpen needs work. Sure, I don’t think it would be a huge loss if they traded Matsui. But you can’t start messing with truly integral parts of the team because they haven’t performed well against the Red Sox.  It’s frustrating, yes, but stuff happens. Sometimes a team has your number for a while.

So let’s take a moment, and a couple of deep breaths, and think about where this team would actually be overall without A-Rod bucking up Teixiera with his mere presence in the lineup; without Swisher and Cano and Melky hitting when other people weren’t; with mix-and-match starters from the minor leagues instead of CC, A.J., Pettitte, and Joba having defined roles in the rotation. My god, do you people remember 2004 – 2008?

The sky ain’t falling nearly as much as you think it is.   

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3 comments

  1. Jane Heller

    Thanks for talking me off the ledge, YRC. You have an excellent perspective on the situation. We’re only two games out. Not a tragedy. But last night’s loss was hard to swallow. Just got finished writing about it, but I feel better having read your post!

    http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

  2. Yankees Reality Check

    Jane – I kind of lost it again last night due to the immense frustration of the situation. I’m definitely not on the ledge about this team – just about the idea that things like this make general managers and owners do batshit crazy things.

  3. Yankees Reality Check

    P.S.: I’m glad I could make somebody feel better! That’s what I love about the interwebs!

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