5 Hours

Things sure can turn around quickly. At about 4:30 this afternoon, things couldn’t have looked more bleak. Here were the Yankees, their putative ace getting slapped around by the Twinkies, down 3-0, with the Sox only 2.5 back and Pedro standing by to pitch.

But now look where we are, just five hours later. Moose turned it around, the Yanks managed to come back in game one and then take the nightcap, the Sox lost, and the Bomber’s magic number dropped down to 1.

Phew.

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  • The immortal Bill Murray, in “Meatballs”, sums up the meaning of the division championship:
    “And even if we win, if we win, HAH! Even if we play so far above our heads that our noses bleed for a week to ten days; even if God in Heaven above points his hand at our side of the field; even if every man woman and child joined hands together and prayed for us to win, it just wouldn’t matter because all the really good looking girls would still go out with the guys from Mohawk because they’ve got all the money! It just doesn’t matter if we win or if we lose. IT JUST DOESN’T MATTER! IT JUST DOESN’T MATTER! IT JUST DOESN’T MATTER…”

    SF September 29, 2004, 10:58 pm
  • Statistically, home-field advantage does matter, though you can believe what you want if it makes you feel better about the Sox coming in 2nd place.
    The point of my post, however, was not so much about positioning or divisional crowns per se, but that in a few short hours a team that appeared on the brink of a colossal, momentum thumping meltdown had rebounded and seemingly reversed its downward trajectory.

    YF September 29, 2004, 11:36 pm
  • I agree…phew! And thank God Santana only threw 5 innings, despite the really low pitch count. And what is going on with Tanyon Sturtze, and what do I have to do to make sure it continues?

    JeremyM September 29, 2004, 11:48 pm
  • Baseball media have been quick to alarm all season long (“Sheffield’s in pain!”; “A-Rod can’t hit with RISP!”; “The pitching is a big question mark!”), yet the Yankees have always responded to challenges and won when they’ve had to win.
    It’s remarkable, which is why it sucks to be a Yankee-hater. (Especially after Pedro has cried “uncle.”)

    LOD September 30, 2004, 6:10 am
  • If I recall, the last 3 years a wild card team has won the Series, and last year the Sox were oh so close to going to the series until Grady Little threw an inexplicable grenade onto the mound. The division means much much less than it ever has, and YF knows this. The division is a diminished accomplishment in this modern age of baseball. 4 of the last 7 champions have been wild carders.
    As for the division crown this year? It proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Joe Torre actually is a genius, he has my vote (this is the season that clinches the HOF for him as a manager, no other). His best job yet – this team has no right winning 100 games.
    (And that’s not to mention the, shall we say, joylessness of your post. Your beloved Yanks nearly clinch the division, and all you can muster is a “phew”? Now, I don’t want to sterotype one group, Yankees fans, as joyless and professional, that would be a mistake, but…)

    SF September 30, 2004, 7:33 am
  • Can SF explain what does matter? I assume it’s just winning the World Series, correct? Does the AL crown mean anything? Please clarify.

    JCL (YF) September 30, 2004, 9:24 am
  • As someone who has gone through an entire lifetime without witnessing a Sox World Series championship (and this is something I have written about on this site numerous times), the biggest thing that matters to me, in the end, is the World Series title. That is success: a championship. Until I have experienced this, I can’t really claim otherwise, that winning the division is great, that winning the AL is great. Winning the ALCS would be a “yay us!” moment, and reason to celebrate, but in the end not enough, just window dressing if followed by a World Series collapse. I want the Sox to lift a really ugly trophy with lots of flags, I don’t want them to be able to post a single banner that says “Division Champs 2004″ or even two banners. I want three of them. One time.
    I have been very consistent about this, if you scour the site.

    SF September 30, 2004, 9:40 am
  • SF,
    Yankee fans are not joyless,or arrogant, but maybe we are spoiled. Winning the division means less than losing it. Winning the ALDS, ALCS means less joy, than the pain we would feel if we lost. That is why we go ‘Phew!’. This does not mean we don’t appreciate the effort and the title, but the Yankee fans and players are focused on winning the WS, anything less is very dissapointing. Winning the WS on the other hand never gets old, and while losing hurts, especially in 2001, the joy makes it all worthwhile. Yes we are spoiled. Sox fans can enjoy every victory, winning the WS would be unbvelievable, there is no way you can expect a Yankee fan to appreciate it as much as a Sox fan would. But as much as a Sox fan hurts when their team falls short, imagine a Yankee fan having to witness their beloved team lose to a Red Sox team for the first time ever in the playoffs. Last year’s ALCS you saw the Yankees celebrate so much, not because they won the ALCS, but because they almost lost it, because of the effort it took to win it. If they had swept the Sox it would have been a very different celebration.
    I feel bad for Sox fans sometimes and wish their team would win it. I just don’t want them to do it by beating the Yankees. They’ll just have to wait until Steinbrenner messes the team up again.

    Joe (YF) September 30, 2004, 11:00 am
  • Thanks SF for your clarification. On another note, as YF described the Yanks turned their magic number from 4 to 1 in a matter of hours when things looked pretty bleak for the Bombers. This radical mojo switch can be attributed to a certain manager who was watching from the stands at the stadium: Grady Little!

    JCL (YF) September 30, 2004, 12:54 pm

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