Bud’s Fault!

ESPN’s Jayson Stark lays all blame for the forfeit fiasco squarely on the commissioner’s office, and not the Big Bad Yankees, who got stuck waiting around for the DRays after repeated assurances from MLB that the fish were on the way to the frying pan. His take is here.

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  • Silly article. Even if you believe Stark’s comment below, which I don’t, the Yankees still asked for a team for a forfeit. They could have taken the high road, not gone public (and LOUDLY public at that), and instead told the Commissioner’s Office of their beef. But they didn’t do that, and the actions speak the loudest. They asked for a forfeit based on what was, in the grand scheme of things, a minor inconvenience. I ain’t buying this in full, and neither should Yankees fans.
    “All the Yankees were really doing, in requesting that forfeit ruling Monday, was asking the commissioner’s office, in that diplomatic way of theirs: Why the heck were we forced to wait around all day for a team that had no more chance of arriving in New York by 3 p.m. than it did of swimming from Tampa Bay to the Bronx?”

    SF September 8, 2004, 9:18 am
  • “But when in doubt, blame the Yankees. It’s been a can’t-go-wrong formula for 80 years. No reason to abandon it now.”
    Also, I sure hope the Red Sox regression to the mean catches up with them quick.

    Clay September 8, 2004, 11:35 am
  • So convenient, now that Jayson Stark says something that you all want to agree with, he’s the arbiter of truth.
    I will remain skeptical of the man who spells his name with a frivolous “Y”…

    SF September 8, 2004, 11:48 am
  • You’re right, the Yankees were 100% wrong in this case. Give me a break. The forfeiture maybe out of line, but in these days with instant communication readily available, this could’ve been handled about a 1000 times better. It’s not the end of the world, but it should’ve been better communicated so that the fans and the Yankees weren’t stuck waiting at the field all day.

    JeremyM September 9, 2004, 1:20 am

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