R.I.P. 2008 New York Yankees…

The New York Yankees of 2008 will not make the postseason this season.  This will be the first time since 1993, better known as the first time since I can remember, that the Yanks will be on the sidelines in October.  Unfortunately, this also comes in the final season of Yankee Stadium, a sad ending for the House that Ruth Built (it will get its own obituary on this space later…).

On August 15, 2008, the New York Yankees woke up 9 1/2 games out of first place and losers of 12 of their last 18 games.  Joba “The Future” Chamberlain is on the DL, Jorge Posada is out for the year, Hideki Matsui is on the DL, Melky Cabrera was just sent to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre  and Richie Sexson was just released 28 at-bats into his Yankee tenure.  Luckily for them, however, Carl Pavano is due to return in the next few weeks.

The 2008 Yankees will be remain a team of mystery.  They have all the talent in the world and just couldn’t get motivated enough to go out there, on the field, to fight for ballgames.  Sure there were many injuries, but those aren’t excuses for a team that was supposed to score 1,000 runs.  As of now, the Yanks rank 11th in MLB with 588 runs scored with just 41 games left.

Our leader and hero, Derek Jeter, is having a miserable year hitting an un-Jeter-like .284 with 129 hits while his career numbers are .315 and 207 hits per year.  I’m not even going to menton his base-running gaffes and fielding errors (oh and that dwindling range).  Here’s one: Jeter is hitting .260 at night and .327 in day games.  A-Rod, on the other hand, is hitting .204 with two outs and runners in scoring position.

The bullpen has been solid (except lately) and therefore spared for now.  The rotation has been ok, although there have been questions after Mussina and Pettitte all season.  Chien-Ming Wang and his 18 wins a season has been injured since the Yanks played Houston and Phil “The Other Future” Hughes has been hurt most of the year.  If you want some opinion on Ian Kennedy, refer to the previous post.

Unfortunately the Yankees are not going to the postseason this year, the last season of Yankee Stadium.  The team faces a number of questions this off-season but the most significant need that they have is motivation.  The players look lethargic, like the losses don’t matter, and that comes from the top, the team’s leadership.  People need to be held accountable for their mistakes, sloppy play, or laziness.  Would Paul O’Neill or Tino Martinez ever not go out on the field and give it all?

The 2008 New York Yankees died August 15, 2008 of heart failure and are in desperate need of heart for the team to return to October.

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One Response to “R.I.P. 2008 New York Yankees…”

  1. Riding in on his White Horse « Backwards K Says:

    […] Rays and the Red Sox are surging ahead (remember, I pronounced the Yanks dead in this space in a recent post) and Carl Pavano is going to have to play a significant role if they hang in the race.  If there […]

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