It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel…

Sorry about my absence from the site this past week. I wasn’t avoiding the horror of the Angels series, although I consider myself fortunate to have missed it entirely. Instead I was a groomsman at a wedding  in Inverness, California. I strongly recommend you have your wedding there. The cheese and wine cannot be beat. Plus, I’ll gladly attend and dance the night away. Proudest moment of my life, maybe: An older lady told me I was the best dancer at the party. This happened to me once at Wesleyan when a very nice hippie, who was quite high, said I was the best dancer at another party. Both said that I was the best because I really looked like I was into it. At least a few kind-hearted people reward effort. And that’s what I’d like to do for the 2008 New York Yankees. They’re trying. They really are. They’re just not a post-season team this year. It feels weird to say it and I actually mean it, but it’s true.

The Yanks of 2008 have suffered through some bad luck, some poor planning maybe, and some performance declines (looks like our captain is getting old). One thing that doesn’t seem to get a lot of attention, however, is that the Yanks have a lot tougher competition these days. The Red Sox have become perrenial winners. The Devil Rays are run by very smart people finally. Looking ahead, I can see the Orioles emerging from their decade-long slumber. Baseball teams have become smarter since the days of the Yankee dynasty. And still, the Yanks are one of the better-run organizations going. I’d like to think this means the future is okay for the Bombers. With their money, I do expect them to add a couple of stars to the mix without giving up their still-promising future talent. In the meantime, there are still games to be played this season. Sometimes the best team doesn’t win. There’s hope in that fact for this Yankees fan. And there is certainly hope next year and beyond.

8 comments… add one
  • Sorry for the cross-posting Nick. Our two semi-detached takes on a season all but lost already in mid-August went up about simultaneously I think. Yeah, the competition is better in the AL East, though the O’s were pretty good at the outset of the Yankee dynasty years. Ah well – just hopeful that Phil Hughes does not go the way of Ian Kennedy and that he gets some more pitching done at the ML level this year. And of course that he, Joba, and Wang are all healthy next year and complemented by one star-import (CC?) and one returnign vet (Moose?). I’m off on a 2-wk vacation tomorrow and will be missing my first games – perhaps mercifully – as a result.

    IronHorse (yf) August 11, 2008, 2:03 pm
  • It’s true. Before this roadtrip though, I would say that they’ve overperformed (well, as much as a 200+ mil team can anyhow) if you count the injuries. Just one of those years, possibly.
    I mean, if Tampa Bay (of course, other teams would have better records, but for the sake of argument) wasn’t first, the Yanks would be pretty close to the Twins in the Wild Card and this wouldn’t be too bad, despite an obvious off year. Ah well.

    Lar August 11, 2008, 3:13 pm
  • It’s beginning to feel like this is the 1965 season of our generation, but I’m optimistic that we won’t go into a 10 year swoon of which that team signaled the beginning. Injuries have killed us this season, and we have GOT to get younger. It looks like the talent is there for the future; they need a chance to play.

    nettles August 11, 2008, 4:42 pm
  • “Sometimes the best team doesn’t win.” Wow, what a load of crap. Quoting Johnny Damon after getting swept by Detroit in ’06 – nice.

    YourName-SF August 11, 2008, 4:51 pm
  • I think he’s saying he’s hoping the better teams in the East and Wild Card races won’t win, and that the Yankees will, YN. At least, that’s how I read it.

    Paul SF August 11, 2008, 5:09 pm
  • “Sometimes the best team doesn’t win”
    Not sure what is so full of crap about that. It happens all the time. It’s why the team that gets hot in late September/October often times beats the team(s) that amassed more wins – sometimes many more wins – over the course of a season. Were the Giants a better football team in 2007 then the Patriots? All that matters historically is that they were a better team on the one night that counted most. Same with the US Olympic hockey team in 1980 and on and on. Regardless of who said it and in what context it was said, I find nothing at all objectionable with the comment – indeed, I see it as a statement of fact. If it is said as an expression of sour grapes and therefore disrespects a team that just beat you then I have issues with it on those grounds, but not because it is in any way an inaccurate statement generally.

    IronHorse (yf) August 11, 2008, 5:49 pm
  • The ’06 Cardinals, man. My jaw dropped with every victory. Of course, Detroit choked something awful in the Series.

    Devine August 11, 2008, 5:50 pm
  • “I think he’s saying he’s hoping the better teams in the East and Wild Card races won’t win, and that the Yankees will, YN. At least, that’s how I read it.”

    Nick-YF August 11, 2008, 10:34 pm

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