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What. A. Bust.
Monday, October 08, 2007
Perhaps it sounds naive, but after the way the team played last night and the love the players have for Torre, I really did think they would muscle out another win tonight to extend their season and Torre's career.

Alas, 'twas not to be. Wang did not come through for the team, Byrd and the Cleveland 'pen pitched yet another great game, our dear Captain Clutch tried his best but couldn't hack it (or the ball). The truly horrendous (Simon Cowell accent, don't forget to use it) aspect to the loss, though, is not the premature end to the season or lack of another ring, but the plethora of gigantic question marks it leaves in its path:
  • Will Torre stay or go? Will Big Stein make good on his threat?
  • Did A-Rod do enough to earn the love of Yanks' fans that he so dearly deserves?
  • Regardless of the answer to the above question, will Big Stein and the Cash Man pony up the dough to keep him?
  • Wait, will the Cash Man even get to keep his job?
  • What will happen with Mo, Pettitte, and Posada, all of whose contracts are up?
  • What horrible, scathing things will the Yankees Chick have to say about the abysmal umpiring that went down this series when she awakes from her depression-induced slumber on Tuesday morning?

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Monday, October 08, 2007  
  • At 5:29 AM, Blogger Bald Headed Geek said…

    ESPN is reporting this morning that Clemens is likely to hang up his cleats for good, and that Pettitte may very well do likewise. Buster Olney also said that Posada will not make a decision on where he goes until he knows what is happening with Joe Torre (reading between the lines, if Torre stays, so does Posada).

    What happens with A-Rod is the $252 million question. If the Yankees, as reported this a.m., are prepared to offer him an extension valued at $30 million per season, he would be nuts to go anywhere else.


  • At 9:27 AM, Blogger BB said…

    Where is the guy who said "Yankees in 4" ??

  • At 9:42 AM, Blogger BB said…

    //What horrible, scathing things will the Yankees Chick have to say about the abysmal umpiring that went down this series when she awakes from her depression-induced slumber on Tuesday morning?//

    Start with this...
    "In fact, the fault belongs to Chien-Ming Wang and Roger Clemens and all the big batsmen who suddenly couldn't hit with runners in scoring position. Jeter was 3-for-17, hitting into three double plays while leaving eight men on base. Jorge Posada was 2-for-15. Hideki Matsui was 2-for-11. Bobby Abreu went 4-for-15. Rodriguez was also 4-for-15, with two walks and six strikeouts."

    From - http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/7314130?CMP=OTC-K9B140813162&ATT=49

  • At 10:29 AM, Blogger Yankees Chick said…

    BB, believe me, I know Wang blew it. Did you not read this post at all?

    I'm not blaming the umps for the the series loss. However, they blew not one, not two, but THREE calls yesterday. They didn't ruin it for the team, but they sure didn't help.

  • At 11:21 AM, Blogger Bruce said…

    I feel sick to my stomach today. I haven't been able to think straight all day. I'm so depressed

  • At 11:23 AM, Blogger Toby said…

    I'd love to see my Mets swoop in and steal Mariano away. If you're looking to fix the bullpen, it doesn't get much better than that. You'd have to play Enter Sandman twice, but I think that would be a good thing.

  • At 11:51 AM, Blogger Jorge said…

    I expect you to be the one Yankee blogger out there who, rather than preaching gloom and doom, will remind us of what a gutsy performance this team gave us this year and how we have nothing to feel badly about. Don't let me down. :)

    Thank you, Yanks, for hanging in there when we all doubted you this year.

  • At 12:08 PM, Blogger Adrian said…

    Uh, you might want to take down your poll question. It's causing me acute depression.

  • At 12:34 PM, Blogger Yankees Chick said…

    Adrian.... agreed.


    dear god i'm depressed :(

  • At 1:04 PM, Blogger Goldmember said…

    "I'm not blaming the umps for the the series loss. However, they blew not one, not two, but THREE calls yesterday. They didn't ruin it for the team, but they sure didn't help."

    how is it they blew 3 calls? they showed the replay and it looked like the ball hit Shopach'shand. The play was meaningless since sizemore hit into a DP.

    these guys arent robots. it is pretty hard to see someone tap the catcher's mit. same thing happened to Hafner. and if matsui spoke english, the ump might have known what the retard was saying.

    the yankees suck and play with no heart. a yankee game is more of a broadway show than sports. you have clueless Torre sitting next to mattingly and guidry. you have 2 former managers as frigen base coaches? because i guess they needed former managers to tell people how to run the fucken bases.

    the bugs, the umps, the chimps on roller skates. stop making excuses. the yankees and their $200 million payroll just werent that good.

  • At 1:21 PM, Blogger Yankees Chick said…

    i never said i was making excuses.

    read above: "I'm not blaming the umps for the the series loss. However, they blew not one, not two, but THREE calls yesterday. They didn't ruin it for the team, but they sure didn't help."

    and calling matsui a "retard" is unacceptable. keep that trashy, classless, ignorance off my site.

  • At 2:45 PM, Blogger Bald Headed Geek said…

    There are a number of reasons why the Yankees lost. You can complain about the umpiring all you want, but the umpires were not the ones who were waving in a completely futile fashion whenever there were runners on base. I forget what the stats were, but I think that the Yankees were something like 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position and two outs. The Indians, on the other hand, were an otherwordly 12 for 27.

    Those numbers say two things. One, the Yankees didn't get many chances (less than half of those the Indians had), and they blew the ones they did have.

    Similarly, outside of Andy Pettitte, the starters came up tiny. Wang was hideous, and Mussina did not do enough to shut Cleveland down when he came into the game. New York needed him to throw up nothing but zeros. He didn't do it.

    And, credit should be given where it is due. Cleveland came into the series with a great strategy against New York's pitching, which was to work deep counts off of every Yankees pitcher. This completely wore out the New York pitchers. If I recall correctly, this was exactly what the Yankees did to their opponents' ptichers when they won those four World Series titles between 1996 and 2000. They certainly did NOT do it this year, nor have they done it all in recent years.

    And finally, at the risk of incurring the considerable wrath of all Yankees fans, I am going to say that the Captain, the sainted Derek Jeter, shares a good bit of the blame for this loss. He bounced into three double plays in the series, including one yesterday. Does he deserve a pass for this year based on past performance? Maybe, but the Yankees needed more out of him in the 2007 post-season, and he did not deliver.

    Okay, I'll wait for the abuse now........... ;-)


  • At 3:49 PM, Blogger Matthew said…

    Mo, don't stoop to the level of blaming the umps. every team gets screwed every now and again, and this serious didn't even have any obviously bad calls - aside from the bug fiasco, which I actually dont' think was bad. Both teams had to deal with it, so it's still even and fair. But anyway, I'm bummed we won't have another Sox/Yankees winner-take-all series. Oh well, hopefuly next year. So are you now all big Tribe fans?! haha. Hope you're well.

  • At 4:01 PM, Blogger Yankees Chick said…

    don't worry matthew - I really am not blaming the umps.... there were some bad calls, but there are bad calls in any game. i was just joking around, i wrote that post in a state of severe depression right after the game :(

    the bad ump calls were a bust and frustrating, but c'mon now.... this is the yankeeschick here, you know i'm smarter than to blame the whole debacle on them ;)

    there's plenty of blame to be spread around.... unfortunately :(


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