Monday, September 6, 2021

The Rooting Conundrum or What Do We Do Now?

Borntorun’s comment in the previous thread “I never rooted against the team, but I have never loathed and despised a manger as much as I do Boone.” Sums up the challenge of being a Yankee Fan for the rest of 2021.

Is it possible to root against a team that you’ve loved and followed for your entire life? Can one openly root for a team that you despise, such as the Red Sox, if it makes for a brighter future?

A couple of years ago the New York Giants played the Washington Redskins in a meaningless game standings wise. However, the winner would… win, and the loser would get to draft Chase Young. Think Dick Butkus.

Knowing the stakes, and as much as I wanted the Giants to lose, I still couldn't bring myself to root for the Redskins. (Fuck the Redskins excuse me... fuck the Washington Football Team) The Giants, of course, stupidly won the game and still suck.

Fortunately, the stakes are not as clear cut with the Yankees. And, because not making the playoffs does not guarantee that Boone (and Brain) are removed it becomes even more muddled.

At one point I wrote here that I would root against them but had to retract it because:

1) The other participants in the blog pointed out that, despite our level of disgust it is wrong to root for the Red Sox, Jays etc. Ever.

2) I tried it and it just doesn’t work.  Seriously, try saying this out loud, “I hope they put in Heaney.”

Develop Knowing Indifference

I recommend developing Knowing Indifference. There are no good or bad outcomes. If they win, we watched them win. If they lose, they are closer to elimination and hopefully rebirth. Therefore we can relax.

By developing Knowing Indifference, you can still get to watch the games but will no longer be upset by flagrant examples of managerial stupidity or by watching players do the same things wrong over and over again.  

They put in Chapman? “Hmmmn... that doesn't seem wise. Yep. That was a bad choice.” Joey Gallo is batting second again despite... well despite being Joey Gallo. Oh, he went 0-4 and they lost. Yeah. Oh well. Perhaps they will trade him in the off season. 

Take comfort in the validation of your superior understanding of the team. You know that you know better than them. Doesn’t that feel good?

You will no longer get angry when they make mind blowingly dumb moves like not starting Gil or using Mr. Haney as a reliever.  

By the way, WHO USES A PITCHER WHO ALWAYS SUCKS IN HIS FIRST INNING AND TAKES AT LEAST TWO INNINGS TO SETTLE DOWN AS A RELIEF PITCHER?!! WHAT KIND OF MORON MANAGER MAKES DESCISIONS LIKE THIS?!!!!!

Breathe. Breathe. Go to your Yankees Chambliss HR happy place. Breathe.

Sorry. As I was saying. Developing Knowing Indifference is the ticket to the rest of 2021. Maybe they will make the wild card. Maybe not.  Maybe they will make it all the way to the Canyon of Heroes. BUT WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF THAT?!!!!!!!

Breathe.  Use your Mantra. Hi-de-ki-Mat-su-i. Hi-de-ki-mat-su-i. Hi-de-ki-Mat-su-i.

It doesn’t matter. This too shall pass. Like a sinker with a guy on third thrown to Gary Sanchez!

No matter how they finish we’ll be fine. Or not. It doesn’t matter. See? It works. 

56 comments:

Anonymous said...

As Killer Dave meditated in Slapshot, "one with the universe, nothing matters ... one with the universe, nothing matters...".

The Hammer of God

ranger_lp said...

For a number of years I rooted against the NY Knicks...I wanted them to tank...I mean really tank...didn't work out that well...they never got a number one pick.

ZacharyA said...

Rooting against this team is only worthwhile if you believe a) Brian Cashman will be fired and b) Steinbrenner will pick a quality replacement.

Does anyone here believe those two things?

TheWinWarblist said...

Hey, 13bit, you're a fucking lucky bastard my old mate ! ! !.

ranger_lp said...

Tallion will not get past 4 innings...he's probably tired with all the innings he's pitched this year...

ranger_lp said...

Make that 3 innings...

HoraceClarke67 said...

Hee-hee! Hilarious, Doug K.!

It reminded me of something Jonathan Schwartz wrote in a little book, adapted from an SI article, about his agony as a Red Sox fans watching the 1978 playoff at Fenway Park. It's called "A Day of Light and Shadows" and is, I think, the greatest book ever written from a fan's perspective.

"Bailey looked at strike three and went away, out of my life, off the team, out of the league, out of the country, away, away.

"Reggie Jackson homered in the eighth. I affected bemusement as I watched him round the bases. I thought: Let's see, just for the fun of it, how bad it's going to be. What does it matter, anyway? It's only a game.

"Official bemusement on the left field roof."

HoraceClarke67 said...

Speaking of which, the Blue Jays have actually managed to come up with the most obnoxious HR celebration yet: a ritual in which they put a jacket on a player who has just homered. Said jacket has the names of all the places they're from because, of course, in baseball today only the Toronto Blue Jays have a multicultural team.

I suspect we will see a lot of that jacket this week.

ZacharyA said...

Taillon threw 37 total innings in 2019-2020. I think he just hit a wall when he got to around 120 IP. The Yanks should give him one of those “shoulder inflammation” IL stints for a few weeks.

HoraceClarke67 said...

Oh, and channeling Jennifer Hudson here for all of you who may believe failure will lead to big firings on the Yankees:

Coops:

"And I'm telling you, Boone ain't going."

Cue HAL:

"And I'm telling you, Coops ain't going."

The Steinbrenners, together, as a family:

"And we're telling you, we ain't selling!"

HoraceClarke67 said...

Quote of the day from Paulie:

"I think the velocity of this ball fooled Gio Urshela."

Yeah, the velocity explains why the ball pops out of his glove—and right after Gleyber's error. Oh, the boys are fired up today!

Carl J. Weitz said...

After 1 inning, I've seen enough. Too nice of a day to watch this shit show.

Anyone want to buy 4 tickets to Wednesday's game? My son knows one of the Blue Jay's coaches and he has 4 great seats in the team section. He bought them during the Yankees 13 game win streak. Yesterday, his 3 pals backed out of the game.

HoraceClarke67 said...

You may be right about Taillon, Zach, and in any case there is only so much to expect from a guy like this on a season. (Incidentally, what is the status of Domingo German? Is he out for the year, too? I've lost track.)

But the thing you can already see right here, on a bright, beautiful afternoon game at home, day game after a day game, is that this Yankees team is going to do absolutely nothing at the plate against a decent but hardly overwhelming pitcher.

You can SEE it, just as you can so often. I don't understand why it is, but you can just sort of KNOW when these guys are not up for it. And his inability to get this team up for games, day in and day out, is a major failing of the manager.

HoraceClarke67 said...

No, thanks, Carl. But I hear you. It is indeed a beautiful day, but I have to be inside, working.

I'm switching to the Mets broadcast, though. At least there I might see some ballplayers who feel like playing today.

ranger_lp said...

Urshela stinking up the ballyard...

Anonymous Bosch said...

Hoss, if you're still here - this is from the Yankees MLB site:

RHP Domingo Germán (right shoulder inflammation)
Expected return: September
Germán tossed from a bullpen mound on Sept. 3, and the session is said to have gone well. He told the Yankees he felt good on Sept. 4 and is scheduled to throw another 'pen session on Sept. 6, with a session facing hitters to follow. Germán has not pitched in the Majors since July 31, having gone 4-5 with a 4.45 ERA in 21 games (18 starts). The Yankees have said that Germán could return to the club in a relief role. (Last updated: Sept. 4)

Return in 2021? I don't see it. And is it just me or does Urshela look kind of pale and ... unwell ... since he returned?

Orlando said...

Gallo sucks

ZacharyA said...

Joey Gallo is now 7-67 (.104) in his last 20 games and 3-34 (.088) in his last 10 games.

Why am I watching?

JM said...

Today in "Boone is an idiot":

Stanton DHing, Gardner in center. Guess yesterday's running around just tired Giancarlo out.

Professional athlete.

Orlando said...

Taillon doing his part to tease us that the game remains for the taking.

Local Bargain Jerk said...


Great piece, Doug K. Please allow me to document my 3 LOLs:

     Seriously, try saying this out loud, “I hope they put in Heaney.”

     Breathe. Use your Mantra. Hi-de-ki-Mat-su-i. Hi-de-ki-mat-su-i. Hi-de-ki-Mat-su-i.

     This too shall pass. Like a sinker with a guy on third thrown to Gary Sanchez!

Very good stuff. If you were a pitcher, the umps would check you for illegal sticky substances.

ZacharyA said...

Man, gotta give Taillon props for bouncing back after the first inning. I think we all woulda signed up for 6 IP, 2 R from him before the game started.

But once again, the lineup is lifeless. This is what I was saying last night: the Yankees pitching staff looks much worse than it actually is because the offense doesn’t score consistently.

Orlando said...

See comment above re: Gallo

Platoni said...

Man, Gallo is quickly turning into this year's Stephen Drew. I know it's only been a few weeks, but you just know the Yankees will keep slotting him second and they'll keep him next year. He'll hit a home run here and there just so Kay and Co. can fellate him and Cashman for a while. "The Yankees Analytics people saw something in him and he repaid their trust. What a swing!"

He'll keep being Gallo, though. Every day

Carl J. Weitz said...

Just checked the game box score: 3 more strike outs for Gallo in 3 AB.
What fucking kind of genius manager puts a .195 hitter who strikes out 50% of the time in the number 2 hole??? You put a contact hitter number 2, not a Gallo type.

Why not bring up Allen and let him bat first. If not, at least put Judge # 1 because on this team, he has the highest OBA, highest batting average and despite striking out a lot still makes contact. Put DJ #2.

I seriously just do not understand Boone at all. It's like he and his family never played baseball.

DickAllen said...

Genius GM brings in two home run hitters who were prodigious with shit ball clubs and now that it matters, opposing pitchers discover they both have huge holes in their bats.

Who the fuck in their right mind would bat Gallo second? The guy doesn’t even make contact. Does anybody in the Yankees organization not understand the need for contact in the 2 hole?

ZacharyA said...

Greg Allen hitting .352/.425/.592 in AAA since being demoted.

DickAllen said...

Amen Carl! You got to it just ahead of me. But you’re still buying the beer!

Anonymous Bosch said...

Could we somehow intervene and, using the Twinkie Defence, have Boone declared mentally incompetent to manage baseball?

Does Gallo have something on Boone?

Jesus, this is like watching zombies attempt to play ball (with all due respect to actual zombies).

And now ... Linda Litzke!

Anonymous said...

Gallo shouldn't even be in the lineup and neither should Gleyber and please get Heaney out of my life. Yanks had energy and excitement with Velesquez, Greg Allen and Gil.

Oasisdave said...

Lol, yeah Zombies have more life than this lineup. The look more like corpses

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Anonymous said...

And Wade.

ranger_lp said...

Kriske Kreme now pitching...the Yankee equivalent of waving a white flag...

FFS he just gave up a HR...

Anonymous said...

Why are Kluber and Heaney pitching for this team not not Gil? Why is creaky old without Gardner playing ahead of Allen? Why was Allen ever demoted? Why was Wade disappeared after galvanizing this team with his speed and defense? Why are Torres, Urshela, Gallo, and Rizzo, washouts all, seemed necessary starters when this is the same slow lifeless core that rendered this a .500 club? Why is Cashman not in treatment for cognitive deficits? What is the meaning of being?

Anonymous said...

And you can Kriske this game goodbye.

Carl J. Weitz said...

LOL Dick...I probably will be buying the beer. My only chance is that Lucky Louie Severino either is used as an opener or starts by Sept 25 and gets bombed and then has one last start by the last day of the season.

Anonymous Bosch said...

Wait! There's hope! Heaney is warming-up!

Anonymous said...

OMG. Heaney is warming up. New paradigm case for insanity.

Anonymous said...

This is starting to look like the worst team in baseball.

Anonymous Bosch said...

After all that optimism over the September schedule, it seems the WE are now the tomato can.

Anonymous said...

"Why are Kluber and Heaney pitching for this team not not Gil? Why is creaky old without Gardner playing ahead of Allen? Why was Allen ever demoted? Why was Wade disappeared after galvanizing this team with his speed and defense? Why are Torres, Urshela, Gallo, and Rizzo, washouts all, seemed necessary starters when this is the same slow lifeless core that rendered this a .500 club?"
Why is this obvious to all of us here but Cash Boone and Hal can't see it??

Anonymous said...

And let's not forget that Lemahieu has regressed to the mean of mediocrity that characterized most of his seasons in Colorado, as I alone foresaw on this blog. Suck on that!

Anonymous said...

So if the Jays sweep we have a chance to finish 4th in the East. That could actually get it done (Boone and Brain gone.) Not that I'm rooting for that outcome. Hi-de-ki-mat-sui-i. Hi-de-ki-mat-sui-i. Hi-de-ki-mat-sui-i.

It's all good. Well not Rizzo. He is not good.

Doug K.

Anonymous said...

Joey Gallo, like Jerry Gallo, is dead.

Anonymous said...

Actually I meant Gallo but really I meant the whole team.

Doug K.

Anonymous said...

Rizzo is not good either.

Anonymous said...

Double play. Perfect ending.

Platoni said...

A perfect ending to a 2021 Yankee game - A Gallo strikeout and a double play ground ball

Platoni said...

Well done, Anonymous. Got that in before me.

ranger_lp said...

Michael Kay warned his radio/tv show listeners that when Urshela and Torres were coming off the EL, they were playing. The balance that we had with their substitutes is missing now. We're trying to hit home runs again and not situational hit. Today, we didn't even hit. Yanks better start working on postseason early tee times because this is what we are envisioning now...

Anonymous said...

Kay warned as in endorsing or dreading? Probably the former. He's a craven suck-up and every bit as stupid as Cashman.

TheWinWarblist said...

May I amend my prediction? No way this team wins 86 games.

Celerino Sanchez said...

Speaking of E&J Gallo, how do you know when lifetime .206 hitter is in a slump?

Anonymous said...

When his OPS starts to dip into the .700s, which is where Gallo's is heading right now. Great pickup, Cash!

Anonymous said...

Celerino --

Q: "how do you know when lifetime .206 hitter is in a slump?"

A: When Boone moves him up in the lineup.

Sorry. Can't resist a good set up.

Doug K.