YF enjoyed making a point of his own ability to call home runs and other specific plays during last week’s Sox/Yanks game thread. But yesterday, when push came to shove and the Yankees were staring at a huge deficit, he jumped ship, hitting the panic button. Yours truly, an impartial observer (probably not an accurate description, but let’s indulge for a moment), told him to sit tight, that the Rangers’ pitching "sucked" (how’s that for succinct analysis?!), that despite the fact that the Yankees were down 9-1 their lineup was still impressive, that it was early, that the Yankees were still in it. Even late in the game, faced with a much smaller deficit and a crumbling Texas squad, YF still couldn’t muster the confidence in his team to pull it out and effectively refused to acknowledge my own sooth. Happily for him (and unhappily for us), they made the full comeback, just as we said they could.
So I find it interesting that some Yankees fans have now been reduced to woe-is-meism, pressing panic buttons cavalierly and wantonly, with neither the historically bombastic confidence we have come to depend on (and make fun of), nor (more relevantly) a simple common sensical attitude towards the offensive depth of their team. Randy Johnson not pitching well? Matsui out? So what? The team is still good, and will remain good, no matter how much some Yankees fans want to whine about their horrible misfortunes. $200M payrolls allow you to weather such situations – what other team can lose their slugging first baseman and solid left fielder and still stack the top of their lineup with five fantastic hitters? Meanwhile, us Sox fans, despite a major injury to our prized leadoff man and a sourceable bout of trouble from our ace, have slugged along, as sanguine and as calm as we can be as Sox fans, looking forward to the day when the roster is whole and the team really kicks it in. I’d quote Bob Dylan ("the times.." and all), but that feels just so 2004.