This afternoon, when the Yankees play the Royals in an afternoon affair at the Stadium, the Yankees will be in a distant third place in both the AL East and the Wild Card. They’re 10.5 games behind Tampa Bay, closer to last place than to first. Boston finds itself with a seven-game lead over the Yanks as well.
So from here on out, we’re just going to sit back and enjoy baseball for it is: our favorite sport played during the dog days of summer. It’s time to remember what’s great about the game and why we all love watching and spending so much time thinking, writing and talking baseball.
In the end, the Yankees may yet make the playoffs. Perhaps this team can overcome the odds and make an improbably late-season run toward October. Perhaps they can send off Yankee Stadium with a run for the ages. But if even if they don’t — even if, by New York standards, the Yanks fail this year — we’ll still be there, watching the game, loving (or hating) the players and remember why baseball is our National Pastime.
The Yanks face Zack Greinke and the Royals today at 1:05 p.m. Enjoy it.
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