Feel that wind! She's a blowin' toward '14! The Yanks should hire extra Kelly Girls this week, because the fans will be swarming for opening day tix! Yesterday, the Yankees stomped their cleated toes on the exposed neck of the wily Houston nine and said, "No-no-no, fearsome Texans, you won't spoil our quest for third! We're taking home our 84th win!"
And we did. Eighty-four wins. That's seven games above .500.
For the record, this is the Yankee starting lineup that Baseball Reference will forever show for this remarkable 2013 campaign. Gaze upon it. Reflect upon it. Make a printout, and carry it in your wallet. In tough times - say, you're stranded on a lifeboat in the ocean with a tiger - take it out and relive the Yankee '13 experience.
Wow. What's particularly impressive are the HR totals: Eliminate the $300 million Robbie Cano - surely on his way to mellow California - and our remaining Murdered Row collectively whacked 62 dingers - yes, playing in a bandbox. And look at the ages! Two guys under 30.
For the record, the Yankees this season were outscored by 35 runs. We were shutout 12 times. In the month of September, during our super Wild Card drive, we went 12-14 (including our meaningless sweep of Houston.)
We went 6-13 against the Redsocks, 7-12 against the Rays, and 0-4 against the Mets. That we're not playing in the post-season is no less than a mercy killing.
The Bronze Bombers. At least it's over. Now, the question is: Did our ownership learn anything?