Saturday, June 5, 2021

The Hard Truth


 We have seen ( watching Tampa embarrass us for years ) and recently read ( Duque's post ) how Boston is now adapting the Tampa formula for success.

Change is what this day and age requires.  It is happening in business and in technology.  It is what progress requires, painful as it can be. 

The Yankees have been fighting change now for two decades.  And all they have to show for it is a game that cannot be watched. Fifteen strikeouts per game, and no matter how Boone re-arranges the chess pieces, it remains fifteen strikeouts per game.  Oh...and 2 runs. 

I don't think Cashman is stupid, I just think he is stuck. And by that I mean, he had to know that Mike King was going to put the Yankees in a hole early, and only then pitch well. 

 He had to know, as we did, that the game was over once that " 3" went on the board in the first inning.  And that Judge hitting into a double play was a foregone conclusion, once we opened the game with back to back singles. 

So Brian is stuck.  Stuck in the old ways. In blindly taking orders from a failed general. Sending the troops time and time again into the gatling gun fire, but hoping for a different outcome. 

The Yankees don't change anything, because the money is too good and the comfort is too good.  Hal has simply changed the aim of the war.  No longer is it victory, now it is survival.  All he needs is to be able to tell neighbors, " we are in the hunt."

Forget the World Series.  Forget winning the AL East. Just " hope for the wild card and then anything can happen."

Not really.  What will happen is quite predictable. The Yankees will go home, striking out 15 times in the wild card play-in game. 

As long as Hal is running the show, and as long as the money flows in, there will be no change in GM or manager.  We will be fed false optimism forever.  This Yankee management team is bad at everything they do.   And it doesn't seem to matter. 

Meanwhile, the trains are whizzing by and we are holding out a thumb. 



16 comments:

DickAllen1964 said...



Analytics and coaches: "Get the ball in the air. Increase swing angle."

Pitchers: "Throw low and away."

Players: Strikeouts and double play balls.

Analytics and coaches: "Ah...Um...Uh..."



Anonymous said...

Alphonso, it'll take a miracle to make the wild card with this outfit. At this rate, we're finishing in 4th place.

The Hammer of God

Joe Formerlyof Brooklyn said...


Question: If they strike out 10-15 times a game in regular-season events, how many times could they whiff in a post-season game?

JM said...

Put another way, Joe, how many whiffs can a whiffer whiff if a whiffer's bound to whiff?

The answer is blowing in the wind from Stanton's bat.

Rufus T. Firefly said...

What's blowing is the Yankee season.

Anonymous said...

These are good jokes.

Doug K. (Somewhere near Lake George)

DickAllen1964 said...

Now that Gleyber has hit his third of the season, I can just hear someone saying “Boy did he ever need that,” followed by “that’s just the kind of hit that could get him going.”

Platoni said...

The fuck is with this ump?

ranger_lp said...

Dick has gone Michael Kay on us…

ranger_lp said...

Gittens never saw a slider like that in AAA…

Rufus T. Firefly said...

Boone is a fucking dope. Bench futilely emptied in one swell foop.

Is El Chapo available to pinch hit?

JM said...

Oh Chad.

TheWinWarblist said...

Pathetic.

Anonymous said...

A competent owner would blow this up now. Boone and Cashman gone at once. This is going to get worse--a lot worse--before it gets better.

ranger_lp said...

Embarrassing performance on national teevee...

Anonymous said...

Kiki Hernandez? Didn't he used to have an act in Tijuana with a donkey?