As I watched RA Dickey undress hitter after hitter, it occurred to me that something beyond Yankee incompetence could be happening.
Is it possible that this team has already left the building?
That they are, " mailing it in?"
I think a number of these players ( one or two, anyway ) remember the humiliation, last play-off season, in Detroit. Where no one could do anything on the Yankees. Pitchers couldn't pitch, hitters couldn't hit, and no one could catch or throw.
Suddenly, the Yankees were a team to be bullied. To be taunted and embarrassed. Almost as if the baseball gods ( or fairies, depending ) were providing "payback" for all the years of well-earned world championships.
Who wants to be bullied?
Perhaps it is better to simply fold up the tent during the normal season and, thereby, avoid another spectacle of shame.
Imagine, if you will, winning a one-game play-in only to face Boston again, this time losing by 15-20 runs per game. Imagine having to use Cano and Romine on the mound, in relief, to close out games because everyone else has been hammered.
Who would want the great Mariano to leave with that memory?
I think the orders have come in from Cashman.
It is over. Don't score any runs.