Oct
22

Not their year

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  1. vin says:

    The Yanks just got outplayed. What can you do? They have more talent, but it didn’t show up at the right time.

    • I’m not sure about the talent part. The Rangers have better pitching and a comparable lineup.

      Tex was banged up, Jeter and Jorge are getting old, and the rest of the team (exc Andy, Robbie and Mo) just played horribly. That’s a lot to overcome.

      • vin says:

        Texas is very talented (part of the reason I preferred the Rays). But if Hughes pitched the way he did down the stretch, and if they win the AJ game its a much different series.

        The Rangers have talent, but I honestly think the Yanks have more. Texas is really well-rounded too.

        • Mister Delaware says:

          And consider they have two top 10-ish pitching prospects in their bullpen and didn’t carry Rich Harden into the postseason. This was a good team. Its not like 2006/2007 where shittier teams took us out and I don’t hate them like hate Boston or Anaheim. They won. Good for them. Lets just hope they beat Philadelphia if it comes to that.

    • dave says:

      Trenton could have given a better performance than this team. 0, 1, 2, and 3 runs in the games they lost is an embarrasement, 2 and 3 hits in a game is a joke.
      This result is just what has been going all year when they face decent pitching which is PATHETIC hitting.
      Brett “I can’t hit the ball out of the infield” Gardner and Marcus “I can only hit a fastball” Thames are not scaring any pitcher.

  2. Doug says:

    The better team won. Congrats to the Rangers

  3. vin says:

    That might be the greatest recap ever. No need to elaborate.

  4. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

    It’s as simple as that. The Yankees were simply outplayed this series. The Yankees will come back next year and will be the best team in baseball.

  5. rek4gehrig says:

    In all fairness, Texas were the better team. Congrats to them

  6. first time lawng time says:

    Finally. Given they we were outplayed this entire series, losing doesn’t feel as bad.

    This has been my first playoff loss and it doesn’t even hurt. I mean that strikeout was nice and anticlimatic. No baserunners = no getting my hopes up. Quick like a bandaid folks! You move on and pray to God it’s not a Texas Philly WS.

    Good season (until September, cause that sucks bawls lol).

    Go giants!

  7. Jon in CUO says:

    Well, I’m really hoping I get to wear my Yankee jersey to San Fran to watch the Giants clinch the WS.

  8. Erica says:

    I’m so sad.

    Go Giants.

  9. C says:

    Oh well. The Yankees not named Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson didn’t show up, and the Rangers played great baseball. Congrats to them, they deserve it.

  10. vin says:

    Countdown to Cliff Lee…

  11. poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

    Cliff Lee and CC on the same team will be the shit, especially when Hughes matures and we get Montero on the team.

    ’11 will be a sick team.

  12. Rey22 says:

    What can you do. The superior team in this series deserved to go to the World Series, and that was clearly Texas…

    Go N.L.

  13. nathan says:

    Lets go Giants. We still have a NY team in the fray

  14. BigBlueAL says:

    Time to put on my A’mare Stoudemire shirt.

    • A-Rod's Hip says:

      cosigned

      playoffs or bust

      • BigBlueAL says:

        Funny how with the Knicks I will be beyond thrilled if they finish under .500 but sneak into the playoffs. But with the Yankees right now I am super pissed at them and look at how good a season they had.

    • Mister Delaware says:

      Funny. I’ll be scalping into Rangers @ Bruins tomorrow. Has been in the plans for a while but a potential Game 7 tabled it.

  15. Thanks for the memories, both to the 2010 Yankees and fellow loyal readers of RAB. You made it a great one. Here’s hoping 2011 brings number 28.

  16. Jerome S says:

    After seeing the look on Feliz’s face after that strikeout, that was adorable.

    But seriously Darling, playing up the poetry angle on A-Rod’s last at-bat?

  17. Graig not Craig says:

    Best of luck to the Rangers. They deserve this win – and I will be rooting for them to defeat the Giants or the Phillies. The Yanks had a great season but obviously ran out of gas in the ALCS. There will be plenty of opportunity for post mortem analysis this winter.

  18. first time lawng time says:

    Fact: Yanks got outplayed. Move on, not a big deal, it happens. At least they weren’t knowck out in the ALDS and made it to a game 6.

    Yeah, you can say this series was pathetic, unlucky, embarassing, etc. But it happens.

    To be honest, I given the way the Yanks played this series, they clearly didn’t earn it. I just feel bad for Cano. Guy goes into 2010 April beast mode and won’t even get rewarded for it because the rest of his team went cold.

  19. Total Dominication says:

    Go Giants? And are your ready for the coming Lee/Montero battery? I sure as hell am.

  20. rek4gehrig says:

    Time to catch up on CSI Miami reruns

  21. Teatime says:

    Congratulations go out to the Texas Rangers, but I still hate the antler-claw thing.

    Let’s go Giants!

    (Here’s to getting some real schoolwork done until Opening Day 2011. Although I’ll probably have advanced senioritis by then, anyway.)

  22. Poopy Pants says:

    So the Yanks technically won nothing this year, not even the division. A 200 million dollar embarrassment.

  23. A-Rod's Hip says:

    gotta admit.. that SubZero picture lightened my mood a lot.. LOL.. i gotta nice laugh out of that to help ease the pain

  24. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Gentlemen, it’s been an honor playing with you tonight.

    See ya next season, gents.

  25. Jerome S says:

    Yeah after seeing this team get five games away from winning it all with half the players having a down year, you gotta be excited as shit for next year. 2011 Yankees will probably tear shit up.

    • C says:

      Good point. Jeter, Tex, A-Rod, and AJ all had down years. Also amazing that 2/5 of our rotation seemingly lost the ability to pitch in the last 2 months of the season.

      • james says:

        Jeter will be older, Arod will be older, AJ has always been and always will be a head case. It’s hilarious that you call those ‘down’ years instead of the declining years. If you think this was a down year, wait until you see arod and jeter 4 years from now.

        • Mister Delaware says:

          Spoiler: Everyone will be older.

        • Evan3457 says:

          …and the Yanks have $20-$40 million a year for the next 3-4 years coming off payroll to cushion the decline by bringing in top players in their primes.

          I’m not particularly worried long-term, considering the above and the pitching and catching on the way up.

  26. poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

    Disappointed, but not NEARLY as much as I would have been last year. Last year I would have been borderline crushed since we were very clearly the best team and hadn’t won a WS since 2000.

    This year it’s just kind of annoying. Ah well.

    • first time lawng time says:

      I agree.

      As I said in the thread, this was not surprising. They got outplayed, we all know that, therefore it isn’t an upset at all.

      But to lose in an even matched series (on paper in terms of records and stuff) than for a 115 win team to lose to an 89 win team for example.

    • A-Rod's Hip says:

      i feel the exact same way… EXACT same way.. and i think most rational Yankee fans are in total accord with this sentiment right now

  27. DallasGreen says:

    My evenings are now frighteningly free.

  28. bexarama says:

    Not the best ending at all, but I had a really good time watching this team and hanging out here. We’ll be back.

  29. wow says:

    even a blind squirrel finds a nut.

    There’s a reason why we are perennial favorites.

  30. Hobs says:

    I’m ready To ring in the Lee-Montero era.

  31. poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

    I’m kind of worried about will happen when Cliff Lee and Jesus Montero form a battery in an actual game. The universe might explode.

  32. vin says:

    Think this loss sucks?

    You should’ve seen ’95.
    or ’97.
    ’01 was god-awful… maybe the worst.
    ’02 felt very similar to this year.
    ’03 wasn’t bad because the ALCS was the real WS that year anyway.
    ’04…
    ’05 not too bad because they were lucky to even make the playoffs.
    ’06 hurt.
    ’07 was tough, but they really didn’t have a well-rounded team.

    • aRX says:

      Nothing will ever beat 2001. ’04 was more a helpless feeling as the momentum changed like a tsunami…2001 was euphoria followed by shock and crushing disappointment. And a bit of nausea :(

      • vin says:

        I still get nauseous thinking about it. They were going up against a more talented team in ’04, so you can rationalize it. ’01 was just downright painful.

        • Mister Delaware says:

          2001 was brutal but I’m not sure I’d trade the thrill of Games 4 and 5 for a boring series win. Which I recognize is stupid, but the Martinez and Brosius game saving HRs plus the O’Neill chant … can’t duplicate any of that. Probably 3 of my top 10 baseball memories within a ~24 hour span. A win would have obviously been better but those games were just amazing and the loss didn’t diminish that.

      • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

        Gotta disagree. 04′ was the worst. Just…a 3-0 lead to the Red Sox? Really?

        • vin says:

          There was so much emotion in ’01. The great comebacks in NY. 9/11. Beating a 116 win Seattle team in the LCS. That was a kick to nuts. ’04 just left me in a state of confusion. My stomach was in knots that whole week-plus… but I knew the Sox were better.

      • Evan3457 says:

        For some reason 2001 didn’t hurt that bad. I was in shock when Mariano threw it away, and Womack (of all people) doubled, and I realized they could lose, but actually, they had more or less been beaten up for 7 games (kinda like this series, only without this game 5), and through a series of Byun Hyung Kims, managed to keep the issue in doubt for 6 52/54ths games.

        When that one was over, I was stunned for about 5 seconds, and I said to my dad, “You know what? The better team won. It was almost the revenge of 1960, but the better team won.”

        Still feel about it that way. The one I’ll never get was 2006. The Yanks were a lot better than the Tigers in everything but team defense. And maybe setup relief.

    • bexarama says:

      Yeah, this doesn’t even compare to other losses, no way. It sucks, but it’s easier to move on.

    • JerseyDutch says:

      There’s a slight error in your list. No baseball was played in the year 2004. I’m sure of it.

      • Renny Baseball says:

        I think I am in agreement about 2004. Not one inning.

        I loved reading this string…!

      • AndrewYF says:

        I know people kid about this kind of stuff, but I went to Game 2 of that year’s ALCS, and I remember feeling sorry for that Red Sox fan that we talked to in the bleacher seats.

        I remember no baseball being played after that. Literally nothing. Maybe I remember having a passing though ‘that’s okay, the Cardinals will destroy them’, but no baseball.

        Sometimes I love my subconscious for protecting me.

  33. aRX says:

    As shitty as this feels (happy 31st bday to me…), that pic made me laugh :-)

    Oh well. Play subpar-to-awful baseball for 4.9 out of 6 games, you lose. Not much analysis necessary there.

    R.I.P. 2010 Yankees, it’s been an experience.

    So which elite pitcher do you root for to get a ring, Lincecum, Halladay, or Lee?

  34. bonestock94 says:

    Should be a fun offseason at least.

  35. voIII says:

    not so sure Lee will sign with the Yankees now…Cashman should of pulled the trigger and included Cruz when Seattle asked for him…Yankees would be in WS and would have Lee in rotation next year…I think Lee resigns with TX now.

  36. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    The only annoying part about this is that it’s Texas, and nothing good comes from Texas.

  37. pat says:

    LETS GO FRISCOOOO!!!!!!

    Cannot bear the thought of either Philly or Texas winning the WS.

  38. Tackaberry says:

    Is Lee a guarantee anymore? If the Rangers win the World Series, why wouldn’t he stay in a town that has new owners, a winning team, and a bright future?

    I don’t want to think about that scenario, but I’m playing devil’s advocate. I think I am rooting for the Giants so Lee has less of an incentive to stay in Texas.

  39. wow says:

    Here’s to signing Lee next year. and to actually getting a consistent offense.

  40. JFH says:

    go SF Giants. thank you to the regulars on this board for keeping me entertained all season. thank you to Axisa, Kabak and Pawlikowski for the great site. i’ll look forward to hearing your views in the off season and next year.

  41. first time lawng time says:

    This loss represents the start of a dynasty similar to late 90s.

    96 win
    97 lose
    98-2000 win

    2009 win
    2010 lose
    2011-?

    See a pattern?!

    • wow says:

      very niiice

    • vin says:

      Don’t think that thought hasn’t crossed my mind.

    • Carlosologist says:

      You stole this from me lol.

      • SF Yanks says:

        Not that it’s a big deal because I’ve thought of this “pattern” before, as well as many other people I’m sure but…

        That was straight robbery. Not only did she fleece you blind but gave you no mention as well. Maybe the thief will return your stolen property but since it was burglary at its finest I wouldn’t count on it. She’s a quick one. Swiped it in a blink of an eye.

      • BigDavey88 says:

        Actually, Carlos stole it from me. Check the second game thread.

        /friendly who cares’d

    • Angelo says:

      Wouldn’t there be a pattern anytime the Yankees haven’t won in a few years if that were the case?

      I know you’re probably joking…

      • AndrewYF says:

        Actually, think about it. When was the last time the Yankees had a championship year that was isolated by two or more non-championship years in either direction?

        Answer: 1923, and 1932. The only times it ever happened to them.

    • Jon in CUO says:

      That strike-shortened 2007 season really sucked. Thought the Yankees were going all the way that year.

  42. Carlosologist says:

    This was one hell of a season by the Yankees. We have all the pieces in place to make another title run next year. We have a good core in Cano, Swisher, Gardner, Granderson, and hopefully Montero.

    • Slappy White says:

      WOW ,ARod and Tex not in the “Core” ? 240 RBI

    • dalelama says:

      scratch Gardner, insert Tex and Arod…Up in the air on Swisher probably would move him if right offer came along…ditto Gardner…guys who can’t come up big in October are always dispensable in my book…Swisher gets so tight I swear he is squeezing sawdust….Gardner can’t get the ball out of the infield

      • dalelama says:

        ….when he has the courage to swing

      • Shaun says:

        “guys who can’t come up big in October are always dispensable in my book…”

        Considering how the team played this month, wouldn’t that mean getting rid of everyone but Cano, and Granderson? I mean Tex didn’t do much in the post (last year or this year), Arod did nothing, neither did posada, or jeter.

        if our team played like we know they can they’d have been going to the world series. The bats did nothing this post.

  43. FIPster Doofus says:

    This was my first season at RAB and I enjoyed the hell out it. Thanks to the guys running the site and the regulars for making it fun.

    Also, the Yanks had a good season. The hardest thing in sports is defending your title, and they couldn’t quite do it. Here’s to a productive offseason.

  44. Reggie C. says:

    OMG. Jon Daniels is fucking YOUNG.

  45. Rafael says:

    There’s no problem in lose, the problem is the way you lose.

    The team didn’t show any life during this series.

  46. jim p says:

    2011 is our year, then. New lineup for starters, eh?

    Gardner (3rd in league in OBP), Swish, Cano, ARod, Tex, Granderson, Jeter, then the Posada/catcher/DH mix.

  47. Betty Lizard says:

    Watching people who are great at what they do do those things well is a source of joy for me, so there have been a lot of joyous moments this season watching the team I love. (And a lot of LOLs.)

    And reading smart posts by Ben, Joe and Mike and smart comments by posters has added a lot to my enjoyment of the season, so thank you RABbis. RABites?

    Having said that, let me now admit that since Texas beat us, what I wish for now is that Texas will lose the World Series. Because I will ENJOY seeing the tears run down their WATB faces.

    OK, I feel better now.

  48. Esteban says:

    I’m disappointed but not devastated.
    Go Giants
    #fuckyea

  49. Carlosologist says:

    What an anticlimactic introduction to the ALCS MVP.

  50. Hughesus Christo says:

    “Josh Hamilton just happened to get the lucky straw.”

    Damn, Jackie.

  51. Marsha says:

    Only 160 days until Opening Day.

  52. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

    Congrats to the Rangers and of course, Josh Hamilton. He has a great story and is an amazing baseball player. That being said, GO GIANTS.

  53. Naturally, this shit had to happen during the Jets bye week, so I won’t even get a fun victory to lighten my mood for a full 9 days.

    Bah.

  54. A-Rod's Hip says:

    how can you not root for Josh Hamilton? seriously..

  55. Slappy White says:

    What the Fuck do we do now ?

  56. Carlosologist says:

    2011 lineup:

    CF Granderson
    SS Jeter
    2B Cano
    3B Rodriguez
    1B Teixeira
    RF Swisher
    C Posada/Montero
    DH Montero/Posada
    LF Gardner

    • Teatime says:

      No objections, there!

    • Carlosologist says:

      Wait, let me make a change:

      CF Granderson
      SS Jeter
      3B Rodriguez
      2B Cano
      1B Teixeira
      C/DH Posada
      DH/C Montero
      RF Swisher
      LF Gardner

      • jim p says:

        Gardner leads off. Swish 2nd. ARod sees 10 pitches before batting. Cano, Tex, Granderson, Jeter then the DH/catcher.

        • Murakami says:

          No.

          Gardner is a No. 9 hitter. He will not be the Yankee leadoff hitter.

          • jim p says:

            Gardner had the 8th highest OBP in the American League and lead the Yankees, ahead of Cano. He had 44% of the Yankees stolen bases. And I bet he can learn to bunt.

            Who is better suited for a leadoff man on the Yankees?

    • i wish says:

      CF Granderson
      RF Swisher
      2B Cano
      3B AROD
      1B Teix
      DH Posada/Montero
      C Posada/Montero
      SS Nunez
      LF Gardner

      • Slappy White says:

        Yeah , that Nunez showed he’s definately better than Jeter

        WOW

        • i wish says:

          He has superior defense and he will be hitting #8. I’m thinking he will put up similar stats to Melky. Not everyone on the lineup has to be an all-star.

          Also Jeter will demand at least 15 million a year – you sure you want that? Think a little you moron.

          • Carlosologist says:

            Yeah you could definitely tell from a whole 30 games. Maybe you should think some before you call people morons, OK?

            • i wish says:

              You seriously think Jeter has better defense than Nunez? wow… just wow.

              you seriously arguing that jeter and his 15+ million a year contract will be better than nunez and his minimum salary? what does jeter bring that nunez doesn’t? intangibles? LOLS!

              Jeter will go DOWNHILL from here. If you think he will have some magical rebound season then you’re a SAD LOSER. Keep dreaming. This is life, people get old. But I wouldn’t expect you to understand this b/c you’re only a little boy.

              Jeter is what, maybe a slightly better hitter (contact wise) from here on out? Worse defense and DEMANDS TO HIT #1 – b/c he’s the captain!

              • Slappy White says:

                Hey man, quit with all the name calling. It doesnt make you smarter or better, and if your just trying to piss people off thats just sad

                • iwish says:

                  no, fuck you. you started it by making an obnoxious comment “YEAH BCCUZ NUNEZ SHOWD HEIS BETO THON DERIK JETI WOOOOHA”.

              • Carlosologist says:

                Two things:

                1) Don’t put words in my mouth. I never said that Jeter was a better defender than Nuñez. I was pointing out that the sampling of Nuñez in the Majors is too small to justify him being a better defender.

                2) Make a better argument than using my age against me. I understand that people get old. I understand that players will decline. I’m not stupid. I understand these simple concepts. My expectations for 2011 Jeter are reasonable (.280/.340/.410), so I’m not getting my hopes up.

                • iwish says:

                  why would you argue for paying someone 20+ million when you expect his performance to be just mediocre. and those numbers look like THE BEST SCENARIO for an old man like him.

              • Evan3457 says:

                Actually, Jeter is a decent bet to have one last semi-comeback.

                A lot of great players don’t go downhill in a straight line. Many have one “kickback” season in them, before the lights go out.

                See: Mantle, 1966; Mays 1970-1; Ted Williams 1960; Aaron, 1971 and 1973; Stargell, 1978-9; McCovey, 1977; Musial, 1962; Yastrzemski, 1977; Cobb, 1925; Wagner, 1911-2, 1915; Brett, 1990; Reggie, 1985; Ripken, 1999; Chipper, 2006-7-8; Larkin, 2000; Trammell, 1993; Molitor, 1996; Murray, 1995; Sandberg, 1996; Morgan, 1982; Gwynn, 1997; Rose, 1979 and 1981, sorta; Winfield, 1992, and so on.

                This year’s model would be, oh, Thome, I guess.
                It doesn’t work for Babe, Joe D or Lou, but at least Lou has an excuse.

                Of course, I may be overlooking the possibility that last year WAS Jeter’s “kickback”.

              • BigDavey88 says:

                “But I wouldn’t expect you to understand this b/c you’re only a little boy.”

                Irony.

          • Slappy White says:

            Nice calling me a moron
            1) It aint My money
            2) They’re gonna sign Jeter like it or not
            3) If they did replace him, it damn sure wont be Nunez

            Yeah, IM the Moron

            oh yeah 4) GFY

    • Jerome S says:

      I don’t see a guy with Grandy’s power making it as a leadoff guy.

    • Mister Delaware says:

      I really think they sell high on Gardner. I admit I was dead wrong on him this year, I would have still replaced him in June or July but he was great. I just don’t know how that profile holds up, especially with some potentially interesting corners hitting the non-tender market.

  57. Adam says:

    Is now, always and forever proud of this team that actually faced challenges, injuries and the like and still made it two games from the WS. In the end the better team won, so be it. Let’s go Yanks, and let’s get to pitchers and catchers.

    And thanks to the quality people on this board that keep me coming back like a crackhead for a fix, despite the crazies that drive me insane.

  58. Alex S says:

    2011: The Arrival

  59. Jerome S says:

    This team started falling apart from August 1 on, and they still were good enough to be only 1 game behind Tampa, still good enough to just roll right over the Twins. This team was at 50-75% of it’s true ability.
    And it only gets better next season. What, you honestly think Jeter or the team will let him be this bad again? And how about A-Rod – I have no factual evidence for this, I just think he’ll be better next year. CC is in his prime and Lee will be here too. Gardner, Hughes and Cano are bound to show improvement next year and Granderson and Teixeira will almost certainly be better than their current off-year. Swisher looks good and of course, as I was saving the best for last: The Jesus will come. Him and Posada as a catcher/DH platoon? Ok, so we might not throw out a single runner all year, but combined the two of them will hit 50 homers (watch).
    This team will destroy next year.
    DESTROY.

  60. Zooboy says:

    What a bummer. Oh well. Looking forward to the banter as things unfold during the WS and the offseason. And to celebrating #28 with the RABis in the not-too-distant future.

    Congrats to the Rangers.

    Thanks all.

  61. Anthony Murillo says:

    Yeah this was really my first RAB season as well. A pleasure it was

  62. One positive note, I have about $1200 coming back from the Yanks for my unused playoff/WS tix.

  63. dkla says:

    we got smoked. seriously, we were lucky not to get swept

    colby lewis is much better than i thought

    very curious to see what cashman does this off-season. i really really don’t want jeter to overstay his welcome, is a 3 year deal inevitable? hope to see some montero next year. worried about the back of the rotation if we don’t get lee. sigh. can’t wait for spring training

    thanks to everyone at rab for doing such great work

  64. Brian getting Greedy Ca$hman says:

    Alright i got it joba,drob,gardner,romine for Grienke even though hes a nut case. Sign Cliff Lee and sign Crawford thats it im getting greedy !

  65. Pablo Zevallos says:

    *Clearly,* this because the Yanks didn’t resign Damon and Matsui..

    • dalelama says:

      Let’s see Damon and Matsui vs. Gardner and Thames and you wonder why one team won the WS and the other didn’t get pass the LCS…you can’t quantify heart and…Some melt under heat others shine

      • Murakami says:

        Nothing to do with heart.

        The idea that Gardner is somehow going to approximate Damon offensively is ridiculous. It’s not heart – it’s talent. Gardner manufactures offense through walking and his speed.

        He’s not going to be some post-season clutch hitter.

        Would have liked to see Matsui re-signed. Thames did a nice job for us vs. lefties. Matsui can hit both.

      • Let’s see Damon and Matsui vs. Gardner and Thames

        It was Granderson, not Gardner. And Johnson, not Thames, and when Johnson went down he was replaced by Berkman.

        Granderson and Berkman (with Thames sprinkled in) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Damon and Matsui

  66. I have to say, with few exceptions this has been an excellent crew. Thanks for helping us grow to unexpected heights, again, this season.

  67. Carcillo says:

    Whether Texas was the better team or not, they played like the better team in this series, and that’s all that matters. Lets not forget what this team did this season too – most people would love for their team to win 95 games and win a playoff series. Just ask Cubs fans.

    What happened is they met their match. Good luck to Texas; if they face the Giants, I’ll be happy for one of the long-suffering fanbases finally getting a World Series title, if they face the Phillies, go Rangers. Fuck Philly.

    Congrats Texas on your first pennant.

  68. first time lawng time says:

    LMAO Girardi looked like he was about to cry in his press conference.

    I know I;m being insesnitive here, but come on Girardi! Be a man! You’re gona make shitload of money next, you’re probably gona get a raise with NY and are proabably guaranteed the playoffs next year.

    Not your fault your non-cano hitter sucked and non Andy SP sucked.

    • Carcillo says:

      I haven’t cried in years, and didn’t cry after this, but I will say that for those directly involved with all of this, I can understand Joe being disappointed to that degree.

      He’s going to get crucified for managing a 95 win ALCS-losing team. Oh the shame.

  69. first time lawng time says:

    Am I being a brat for saying that Colby Lewis is not a good pitcher, our sucky hitters just made him look like a Cy Young?

  70. Chris A says:

    Random bright spot: Curtis Granderson seems to have been cured and he played quite well in the playoffs. I’m looking forward to seeing what he does in 2011.

  71. King of the Troglodytes says:

    I had to take a look out of curiosity – Swish, Tex, Jeter and Gardner combined for 0-21 with RISP and 1 RBI on a Gardner ground out. Swisher led the futility with a God awful 0-7.

  72. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Yay, Craig Sager wore his pimp suit to the postgame show.

    My life is complete.

  73. Pasqua says:

    YES has spent the better part of their postgame trying to put their finger on why the Rangers beat the Yankees. They keep saying the Rangers weren’t “intimidated,” and that they played with “energy.” Ummm…forigve me, but I think having half the ERA, double the avg. with RISP, and double the runs scored is probably enough evidence to determine why they won.

  74. pat says:

    It wouldn’t hurt so much if I didn’t think we played like absolute shit on both sides of the ball. The Rangers played well but we shouldn’t have been embarrassed like this. We couldn’t execute any good pitches when we needed them, and could never get that one good AB to extend a rally (aside from game 1). We looked completely lost at the plate for most of the series, swinging at garbage pitches and watching strikes fly by. And on an extremely anecdotal side note, I wouldn’t be surprised to see at least a .150 to .200 point disparity in BABIP. I’m probably only remembering the times they went against us but it really seemed that they got so many fucking infield hits or little bloops and 20 hopper that found their way to the outfield. A lot of it is probably due to the left side of our infield being below average defensively. Bah, anyway I think we played like garbage. They played well, but this series’ was lost more than won.

    Yea probably overreacting but whatever, fuck those antlers and claws and that bullshit.

  75. It'sATarp says:

    try again next year. We came pretty damn close to the WS for team that had practically no starter outside of CC (who also struggled)

  76. first time lawng time says:

    FIRE RETARDI!!!111 JAWBA SUX!1 CHOKE-ROID IS THE ANTIJETAHHH!!!111

    AJ BURNETT IS STOOOPID HE;S THE REASON FOR THIS!!!

    ITS ALL JAVYS FAULT!!!11!

    MELKY HINSKE DAMON MATSUI WWOOD HAVE SCOREEED 11 RUNS EACHHH IN THE FIRST INNING!!11!

    canos awesome but posada sux lol whatevs

    Did I forget anything? Oh yeah, FIYAH CASHMONEY!!!`11

  77. poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

    Guess what? I’ve already gotten over the loss.

    Wow, that was fast.

  78. voIII says:

    Michael Kay after the Yankees won game 1…”this series is over” ;/

  79. first time lawng time says:

    I’d like to say that this was painless.

    Honestly, the only reason I’m really pissed is that we’re gona have to read about it/ listen to it in the media tomorrow.

    Also, I’m gona hear some crap in school on Monday.

    • Murakami says:

      Such as what?

      Your team was one of four left standing.

      They won the whole thing last year.

      They’ve won five rings and have been in seven WS in 14 years.

      Grow some spine, friend.

  80. beer boy says:

    the yankees went 0-4 since you guys banned me. clearly my homophobic jokes bring good luck. oh well your loss.

  81. Stratman9652 says:

    Not the way I wanted my first season as a baseball fan to end. I had seriosuly never sat and watched a game before this year. I fell in love with the sport and the Yankees. The season brought highs and lows but every minute of it was a pleasure to watch the best team in baseball play at such high quality. I’ll be a Yankee fan till the day I die.

    Got to thank the people at this site for creating an informative and intresting blog where people of like minds can get together and collectivly watch a game. What other place can you get together with this many fans separated by such distances and root for your team? Kudos to all involved. I can’t wait to enjoy next year with you all.

  82. vin says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing what our new #3 hitter does next year… Curtis Cano. He looked pretty good.

  83. pollo says:

    95 sucked. 04 sucked. this was like a minor scratch compared to those.

    congrats Texas.

  84. ZZ says:

    The Rangers just owned the Yankees in every conceivable aspect this series. Hitting, fielding, pitching, and managing.

    It was like twilight zone for me reading this board at how many people were clamoring for the Rangers over the Rays and how they were so weak behind Cliff Lee.

    The Rangers as constructed are a very, very dangerous postseason team. The best pitcher in baseball at the top, two very good pitchers behind him, a very good bullpen, a very scary middle of the order including one of the best players in baseball, and a very smart manager.

    It’s hard to believe how underestimated they were.

    • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

      Rays and Rangers were good. Me wanting to face the Rangers over the Rays is not akin to saying that the Rangers are bad or easy.

      Remember, if the Rays had won Price probably would have been pitching well too.

  85. first time lawng time says:

    This series reminded me of having the stomach virus.

    You know when you feel so sick that you’re like ugh I just want to be better I don’t wana barf?

    But then it’s so painful that you know you’re gona puke.

    Then you puke and you’re like: ugh thank God I feel so much better now! Someone buy me some KFC!

    Just like this series. Bring in some Cliff Lee and Jesus Montero!

  86. Stratman9652 says:

    Kay just ate a ton of crow and apologized for saying that the series was over in game 1.

  87. bexarama says:

    “What does next year hold for you, Andy?”
    “I don’t know. I’m not really sure.”

    ANDY NO. (weeps, clings, does other crazy irrational things)

    • CBean says:

      Ok, I can’t even think about Andy leaving right now or I will start crying.

    • candyforstalin says:

      1/13m. like posada. october/november 2011 is going to suck.

    • Reggie C. says:

      Ugh. That’s not what I needed to read right now. Well, i’m sure the Steinbrenners will green-light another $16 MILLION, 1-year contract offer. Hopefully, Andy’s hunger for another ring wont dissipate in the down time.

      He pitched so well against Lee. The man is a wonder and he’d be a great back-of-the-rotation stabilizer.

      • Reggie C. says:

        Why did i assume Pettitte made $16MM in 2010? Heh. OH well. A slight raise should instead put the sum at $13 MM. Tidy sum for essentially a back-of-the-rotation arm.

    • dalelama says:

      Just remember there are 2 billion other men in the world…there is always another.

    • JerseyDutch says:

      He says that every year. Not to worry.

  88. ZZ says:

    I guess people understand now why Cashman was willing to trade Montero for Lee.

    He is an incredibly smart GM and the perfect man for this particular job.

    • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

      Still wouldn’t have done it. Still.

      • first time lawng time says:

        Me too.

        It wasn’t necessary at the time. Noone expected Andy to get injured, Javy to fall go back to April form, and Hughes to continue to regress.

        Pitching was hardly the problem at the time.

        • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

          I wouldn’t have done it now.

          With all the talk about Lee, he beat the Yankees once. That’s it.

          Is half a season of Lee worth Montero? I don’t think so.

          • ZZ says:

            Yes, but you have to compare Lee getting 2 starts for the Yankees and Hughes getting 1 start over Burnett.

            • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

              True…it MIGHT have had a major difference.

              Still wouldn’t have done it.

              • ZZ says:

                It comes down to what you prioritize. It is definitely a questionable move that people are always going to disagree on.

                Cashman got killed by a lot of people and called stupid for attempting it.

                He knew exactly what he was doing.

            • Yes, but you have to compare Lee getting 2 starts for the Yankees and Hughes getting 1 start over Burnett.

              And you also have to compare having Lee one year earlier and no Montero against waiting a year for Lee and having both him and Montero together.

              • ZZ says:

                1. You can’t guarantee having Lee and Montero
                2. Montero guarantees nothing

                Flags fly forever and Cashman knows that. You send another flag up the pole and go to work next year. World Series victories are simply invaluable to the franchise.

                • 3. Getting Cliff Lee also doesn’t guarantee anything
                  4. You have an annoying habit of adding “guarantee” to comments where nobody ever said the word guarantee and arguing against strawman positions

                  Flags fly forever, of course; however, winning one flag is never the objective, winning flags every year is the objective. So Cashman must constantly walk the line of when to be aggressive/when to be conservative, knowing that some trades will cost him material that will make it harder to win down the road.

                  We didn’t win titles between 2001-2008, but the 2009 ring was won with the help of numerous good young players we DIDN’T trade away.

                  • ZZ says:

                    And the taste of that WS was so sweet while going back to back would have been enormously valuable to the franchise.

                    Down the road you never know what is going to happen especially with a team strapped with aging stars and longterm contracts.

                    There here is now for the Yankees and Cashman is going to do everything in his power to get as many titles as possible with the Core 4 still around.

    • A-Rod's Hip says:

      not sure about the incredibly smart part… but yeah.. he’s ok

      • ZZ says:

        Did you read the article on how Cashman got through to Cano this past winter about his plate discipline? It was genius in the context.

        • A-Rod's Hip says:

          did you also read where Cashman paid like $45 million to Kei Igawa? talk about a genius move

          • ZZ says:

            One move, especially one in which he relied on a trusted scout, does not define a GM.

            He is one of the smartest if not the smartest GMs in the game. Have to be blind not to see that.

            • JobaWockeeZ says:

              He’s smart. The Cliff Lee trade wasn’t.

              • ZZ says:

                That is certainly not how the Yankee organization feels right now.

                • JobaWockeeZ says:

                  Because they lost a short series? Anything can happen. CC and Hughes imploded. If they hadn’t we may be in a different situation.

                  • ZZ says:

                    Of course. They tried to get Lee to win a World Series.

                    They didn’t win the WS and their starting pitching was one of the main culprits. Their opponent would not have even been the same had they traded for Lee.

                    Why do you think they tried to make the trade?

                    To win a WS. They did not.

                    • A-Rod's Hip says:

                      but they hung on to make the playoffs WITHOUT him and made it to game 6 of the ALCS, also WITHOUT him.. meaning if a couple of guys step up and a couple of breaks go our way, and we could easily have won the World Series WITHOUT him (just as we did last year)

                      and all WITHOUT trading our best hitting prospect in almost 20 years

                    • ZZ says:

                      They also will be playing golf tomorrow WITHOUT him.

                      The point of the trade was to remove much of the doubt associated with this team winning the WS.

                      The New York Yankees don’t play for maybe having a chance to win a WS. Every year it is about maximizing the opportunity to send a new flag up the pole.

    • Murakami says:

      Cashman is lucky Big Jack pulled out.

      That would have been the dumbest move of all time.

      A half season of Lee for 15 of Montero, who has been compared to Frank Thomas and an “Edgar Martinez with elite power.”???

      Pull-eaze.

      It’s as bad as the Yanks trying to force Arizona to take Cano for Randy Johnson.

      Fortunately, they were also too stupid to bite.

  89. bjdcasey says:

    I don’t post on here much to avoid the inevitable crazy but some of you may know me from my now defunct twitter account by the same name, but I’m glad to see the overall tone in this thread is more reasonable.

    Shit happens. This team was great and fun to follow this year. We saw Hughes develop into a legit starter who despite some second-half and playoff stumbles seems to be primed to become a key piece of the rotation for years to come. Gardner played way over his level and if he can approach the numbers he put up next season, awesome (though that may be a tad unrealistic). Swish had an even better year than last year. Granderson turned it around toward the end and looks promising going forward. AND the farm system jumped incredibly. With Montero next year and the bunch of arms we have coming through the system, we have a lot to look forward to.

    Texas just played better. Shitty ending to the season but it kept me engaged since April and I enjoyed it. C’est la vie.

  90. vin says:

    Bah… it’s been fun. Time to become a Giants fan.

  91. I Am Not The Droids You're Looking For says:

    Just a +1 of thanks to the lords of RAB and the posters here. Great community and I learned a ton while having a ball. The hot stove can’t come soon enough!

  92. first time lawng time says:

    Offseason game plan:
    1. Dump Jorge steal Mauer
    2. Dump 0-14 Tex and resurrect Gehrig
    3. Dump Gardy and bring back Melky–> that kid has heart
    4. Swisher sucks, bring back Paulie and Bernie…grandy can be bench player
    5. Jeter’s here to stay soooory.
    6. Bench = Homer Bush–> guy makes things happen
    7. Sign Lincecum, Hernandez, Halladay, Lee, put CC in bullpen
    8. A-Rod is a choker so we’re gona play Pena just to make it fair against other teams.

    Alright Cashmoney,make it happen!

  93. Esteban says:

    Can we get a list of all of the worst comments of the year?

  94. Adam says:

    So, long time fans…out of curiosity, what was your worst Yankee lost?

    First reaction is ’04, of course. But I think I have to go with ’95 to the Mariners…first time they made the playoffs since I was three, and that game 5 in Seattle was devastating.

    Also, if I was alive I bet the ’60 World Series would have sucked big time.

    • BigBlueAL says:

      Totally agree with you about the 95 loss to the Mariners. I was born in 1980 so that was the first time I was able to watch the Yankees in the postseason. Still that loss bothers me more than any loss since.

      • vin says:

        I was also born in ’80. The funny thing about the ’95 loss was that it was the first time I felt that shitty feeling for a baseball team. I had experienced it with my teams in the other sports, but never with baseball.

        It was absolutely soul crushing.

        Still pales in comparison to ’01.

        My ranking:

        ’01
        ’04
        ’95

        ’97
        ’02
        ’06

        ’03
        ’07
        ’05
        ’10

    • bexarama says:

      ’01, definitely. I know they’d won the past three but I loved that team so much. It just felt, and this is really stupid but I was like 14 okay, like a magical season. And then the way it ended… gutpunch. This doesn’t even come close to comparing.

      • Adam says:

        Yeah, ’01 was incredibly tough but…there was so much good in that series that I remember feeling ok about it after. It was all gravy I guess. I do remember just being shocked of the very notion of Mo not closing it out. But, in a way, while they did not win, the comebacks in the ’01 series were a nice way to send out that group that I loved so much.

        I will also throw 1994 in here, and the fact that they didn’t get a chance in the playoffs that year…

        • BigBlueAL says:

          Thats why I didnt even care after losing in 2001, they had no business being there and they lost it with Mo on the mound, cant ever get mad/disappointed when that happens.

    • Graig not Craig says:

      2001 WS Game 7. Yankees lose to the D-Backs following Mo’s blown save. That took a long time to get over.

    • Pablo Zevallos says:

      Nothing, NOTHING, is worse than 04 for me..

      • MikeD says:

        That’s not one loss, but I understand the point.

        For me it was 2001. No question. That’s the one I want back. It was for the championship. It was right after 9/11 and those great comeback wins in NY. Mo was on the mound. It would have been four straight world championships, something we’re not likely to ever see. It’s something only the old Yankee teams did. Win or lose, we kind of knew it was the end of that dynasty. No question about it. Given the choice to undo 2004 or win it all in 2001, I want 2001.

    • Esteban says:

      ’01, ’04, ’03, ’97, ’07, ’06, ’10

    • Ben says:

      2001. Two outs away from a championship with Mariano Rivera on the mound. Easy choice.

    • So, long time fans…out of curiosity, what was your worst Yankee lost?

      I don’t remember it.

      #doesn’thangontopainandregret

    • Murakami says:

      Has to be the ’81 Series.

      Blew a 2-0 Series lead, and I watched the infield crumble before my eyes.

      Watching Jello-Man jiggle up and down with joy, well, there are few uglier sights.

  95. ZZ says:

    That is even overestimating the tax situation.

    There is a “jock tax.” Professional athletes get taxed based on every game they play in a different state.

    They are taxed for the 81 games they play on the road.

  96. a plethora of pinatas says:

    Should we pay Cliff Lee $26 million a year for 5 yrs if that’s what it takes?

  97. CBean says:

    We weren’t going to win with the way we played. Oh well. Go Giants!

  98. Pat D says:

    So, I was at work. Did I miss anything?

    **ducks**

  99. Sunil says:

    Doesn’t this seem like the worst possible way the season could end. there are questions about so many players that you hope this round of offseason moves actually pan in in 2011

    • Sunil says:

      pan out*

    • Mister Delaware says:

      No. Bengie Molina 3 run walkoff against Mariano erasing a 2 run lead. Any loss to Boston. Swept by Minnesota in the ALDS. There are thousands of worse ways for a season to end.

    • CBean says:

      We played like crap and still managed to get it six games. This isn’t the worst that it could be.

    • bexarama says:

      Doesn’t this seem like the worst possible way the season could end

      Not making the playoffs. A 2004 situation. Losing to Minnesota in the first round. Losing to Boston in general. A walk-off against Mariano in Game 7 with a lead. Sooooo many worse ways for this season to end.

  100. first time lawng time says:

    I’d like to say I really enjoyed this site. I thought the posts were informative and the comments were very entertaining. Thanks for a fun year: RAB leaders and regulars.

    Sincerely,
    First Time Lawng Time

    P.S. I’d like to thank the commentor of this post…makes me laugh everytime.
    http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....nt-1205853

  101. Adam says:

    Just to continue the love fest…thanks to everyone at RAB and to all the true fans on the site. Living outside of my true home in NY, it is always comforting and engaging to be able to talk Yanks with those of you who are thoughtful and compelling. Cheers everyone.

  102. Erica says:

    I will say, that as a “first-year” poster on RAB, I really enjoy this website. Not only do the blog entries provide so many different angles to a game or situation that I would have never thought of, but it’s YOU guys, the commenters, that really make a difference.

    There have been games that went absolutely down the crapper this season and when I clicked over to RAB purely for the commentary, my mood was lifted. You guys are a great bunch.

    This was definitely an interesting season. I feel fortunate to have been able to make it to the Stadium three times this season, including a last-minute trip to the game that turned out to be the one A-Rod hit #600 in. I saw Brett Gardner’s first grand slam (can he do that again, please?). And I just felt so, so proud to be a Yankees fan.

    We didn’t have a repeat of 2009, but boy… wouldn’t that have been nice. You know what? We’ll come back next year with a vengeance and show the rest of the world who the true champions are.

    :)

  103. Sunil says:

    i wonder if cash every put hughes on the table when it came to the cliff lee negotiations

  104. pat says:

    Cash said resigning Girardi is the first order of business for the off season.

  105. Aluislugo says:

    Biggest difference from 2009 – these Yankees swing at too many bad pitches!!!

  106. first time lawng time says:

    LOL I was more upset after losing those games to Pawtucket back in September than I am right now.

  107. Big Bertha says:

    I think come Monday we’ll get official word that Joe Girardi has been fired as manager of the NYY. Cashman needs to sign Lee in the offseason and get some more help on offense.

  108. Joseph Cecala says:

    I seem to be the only one that wants Texas to win? I like American league teams better and Texas has a good young team. The only thing that is annoying is the claws and antlers…

    Btw when does Cruz become a free agent, that guy is a monster with a bad hammy.

    • bexarama says:

      I have nothing against Texas. I really like them. I’d rather see them win than the Giants or Phillies, I think.

    • JerseyDutch says:

      The Giants are the only team I can root for now. The Phillies are beneath contempt and I can’t root for a team that just handed it to us.

    • Mister Delaware says:

      If its Texas versus the Giants, I’ll root for Timmy and crew. But if I’m ranking the teams by who I want to see win, its Giants -> tiny gap -> Rangers -> gap wider than you can imagine -> Philadelphia.

    • Graig not Craig says:

      I will be pulling for Texas. Even more passionately if the Phillies are in it.

    • The only thing that is annoying is the claws and antlers…

      That alone is what makes me not root for them.

      • a plethora of pinatas says:

        ditto that! stupidest shit ever!

      • Ray the Anti-Handle says:

        My exact thinking. Coming into the playoffs, I wouldn’t have been against rooting for Texas. But that claw and antler stuff… hate it. And you know what? I read some Rays comments after their loss to the Rangers and some even said they would root for the Yankees because of the claw and antlers. If that isn’t proof that they’ve surpassed the Rally Monkey on the annoyance scale, I don’t know what is.

        However, if the Phillies win, I’d have to root for the Rangers (as much as it pains me to see the Roys not getting that ring). That said, go Giants!

  109. first time lawng time says:

    Wait, no Cano interview?

    Wow this game really was a bust.

  110. Carlosologist says:

    I’m not gonna lie, I want Elvis Andrus’ afro.

  111. Pat D says:

    So, here are some players who I think could be ex-Yankees by Opening Day 2011, in order of most likely to least likely.

    Joba Chamberlain
    Brett Gardner
    Nick Swisher
    Curtis Granderson
    Andy Pettitte
    Mariano Rivera

    And here are those who, of course, will be ex-Yankees. Thanks for playing, boys.

    Lance Berkman
    Austin Kearns
    Javy Vazquez
    Kerry Wood

    • Mister Delaware says:

      I can’t imagine any scenario where Granderson is moved. There’s just nothing to be gained there.

    • JerseyDutch says:

      Not sure but I think Swisher and Granderson have contracts that extend through 2011. Mo will be back. Whether or not Andy is back is up to Andy. I’d give Gardner about 75% chance of returning and Joba about 25%.

      • Carlosologist says:

        With the factual assist: Granderson is signed through 2012 with a 2013 option ; Swish is signed through 2012

        • Pat D says:

          Doesn’t matter if they’re under contract, does it?

          • JerseyDutch says:

            True. Technically they can be traded, but do you see either Grandy or Swisher getting dealt in the off season? Doesn’t seem likely to me.

          • MikeD says:

            No, probably not, although even the Yankees operate with a budget, and the Yankee outfield of Gardner, Granderson and Swisher has a combined yearly salary of about $18 million. They’re young, under team control for a few more years, productive, and cheap. The Yankees could move one of them, but it’s not likely.

      • Murakami says:

        Joba will go to the National League, where he will resume a career as a starter, with someone not named Dave Eiland mentoring him.

        And he will be a high K guy that actually develops into a fine starter.

        Thanks, Dave.

    • Big Bertha says:

      Granderson isn’t to blame, he had a good playoffs. Jobber should probably get another chance to start, if he fails then dump him. Gardner I could see being moved, but not Swisher. Andy retires. Why would Mo go anywhere? He’s said he wants to keep pitching.

      • Pat D says:

        There’s always that small chance Mo retired. Though I don’t think so.

        I’m not saying Granderson is to blame for anything. But he does have a contract that could be moved for potential assets.

    • Jerome S says:

      Woa woa woa…
      Joba?
      :’(

  112. Gonzo says:

    Exhaust the little moment.
    Soon it dies.
    And be it gash or gold it will not come
    Again in this identical guise.

    -Gwendolyn Brooks

  113. first time lawng time says:

    I know you all hate AJ, but I would like to confess something.

    I love AJ.

    Yes, you heard me. I love Allan James Burnett. (but not in the same way of the Andy love here…I mean soley as a player)

    I know he’s frustrating and gets meltdowns, but he is so entertaining! I mean after he gave up the HR to Bengie the other day he just threw his arms on his head and started laughing as if to say: “Great my great night is now wasted and I;m gona get crap from the media.”

    He’s fun to root for IMO.

    • MikeD says:

      I’m hoping a year from now he’s voted come-back player of the year. He is frustrating as a pitcher, but he seems like a decent enough person, and he put the Yankees right back in the 2009 World Series with a great game 2. He also seems to still have his “stuff,” and this was far and away his worst year ever, so there is hope he can put up decent numbers again. He’ll never earn the salary the Yanks gave him, but I’m hoping he’ll be a productive pitcher again.

    • Mister Delaware says:

      Samesies. If I wasn’t driving the Sign AJ bus, I was riding in the front row. The SO% and GB% were awesome heading to NY. Hasn’t panned out like the contract dictates but I like the guy.

      • first time lawng time says:

        Yeah. I don;t really care about that technical stuff He just seems like a cool guy. Would like to meet him. He’s also extremely fun to watch when he’s on.

        I always hope for him to succeed. Hence, the Postivie AJ vibes.

  114. MikeD says:

    I missed the game because I had a dinner engagement in Brooklyn that couldn’t be moved. The place had no TV, so I was annoyed at first, but in retrospect I’m glad. Doesn’t appear I missed much of a game.

    I’m an A.L. guy, so I’ll be rooting for the Rangers the rest of the way.

    Wasn’t a great year for the Yankees, but it was a good one. Hot stove upcoming!

  115. Anthony Murillo says:

    Gentlemen (and the few ladies that post here),

    It simply wasn’t our season. We made it to a Game Six of the ALCS despite the fact that Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada, and first-half Curtis Granderson had down years (some career down years in the cases of Jeter, Teixeria and A-Rod). We made it to a Game Six of the ALCS despite the fact that AJ Burnett was awful, Javier Vazquez was awful, and Andy Pettitte missed a signficant amount of time. Plus, we lost our opening day DH…

    Next year will be a different story. We’ll probably see Cliff Lee added to the starting rotation. We’ll probably see another Ninja Cashman trade. We’ll probably see the begining of the Jesus Montero-era in the Bronx.

    2011 has the potential to be an all-time great Yankees team.

    Hopefully the off-season goes well for us. It should be fun to monitor!

    • Sunil says:

      I dont think cliff lee is a lock to end up in the bronx. the biggest competition as far as signing lee goes is texas, nolan ryan’s team. its no coincidence that texas’ rotation suddenly started showing up once lee was on that team. he’s definitely helped that staff improve. i think texas will go all out on him.

  116. Graig not Craig says:

    WARNING: HIGHLY TOXIC COMMENT TO FOLLOW

    I would rather see Jeter get signed by another team and do well than watch him slowly fade away in pinstripes.

  117. yankees=warriors says:

    This ALCS reminds me of the Yankee playoff teams from 2005~2007.
    Not much pitching, and an offense that shuts down in the postseason…
    Well, what’s done is done, looking forward to next season, and hope that the Giants wins the WS.

  118. first time lawng time says:

    SF G MEN GONA ROCK THE PHILLIES WORLD TOMORROW!

    I swear if Philly comes back from 1-3 I;m gona be pissed.

  119. texas blows says:

    ron washington is going to get himself a fine, young (under 18) white girl tonight.

  120. Xstar7 says:

    This loss really sucked. I had such high hopes for this team. The turning point in the series was game 4 where Tex got injured and then AJ gave up that homerun.

    • first time lawng time says:

      The turning point in the series was when Michael Kay said the Rangers had no shot and then the Yankees got dominated by Colby Lewis.

      Nothing to do with AJ at all.

      • The turning point in the series was when Michael Kay said the Rangers had no shot and then the Yankees got dominated by Colby Lewis.

        Nothing to do with AJ or Michael Kay at all.

        Fixed.

        • first time lawng time says:

          I know. That comment from Kay annoyed me though.

        • MikeD says:

          Totally true. Yet it was a stupid statement from Kay. I know, I know. Shocking. When he said it after the first game in Minnesota, there was a chance he was right since it’s a short series. It was stupid when he said it after game one of a seven-game series. Yet he is our Michael Kay.

      • pat says:

        The intentional walk to effing David Murphy then the missed execution with that pitch to Molina were huge moments in the series. We needed to get a win off fucking Tommy Hunter of all people and we didn’t. It would have changed the whole complexion of the series.

        Whatever though, didn’t happen so it doesn’t matter anymore.

      • Murakami says:

        Everything to do with AJ.

        AJ’s dreadful season pushed Hughes up from the No. 5 guy to No. 3.

        AJ helped us win a WS last year by winning Game 2 after we had lost the opener. For that alone, he was worth the money and years.

        This year, his collapse had a domino effect that might have cost us a trip to the World Series. I like AJ too, and thought he pitched pretty well the other night. Especially glad to see him mix in some timely, effective changeups. Joe left him in too long, otherwise, I suspect we would have come to Texas up, 3-2.

        But AJ’s poor season had far reaching effects on the rotation. If he had had a season like 2009, we might be on the verge of the World Series.

        I just hope he continues to work in his changeup. It will extend his career and make him a much better pitcher for us.

  121. God says:

    Enough, Josh. Everyone gets it. Just hit baseballs.

  122. Xstar7 says:

    Yeah but that series
    Had a whole different feel after game 4 didn’t it?

  123. Nick! says:

    First thing that should be on Cashman’s list: Fire Cervelli into Mars

  124. Neil says:

    Jeter and Posada looked old, as did Alex. The situational hitting was beond awful except for the 8th inning of Game 1. Swisher played over his head in the regular season, but reverted to true form in the ALCS (like last year’s ALCS when he was an automatic out). Don’t overspend on Jeter – its money you then can’t spend on key free agents.

    • pat says:

      Lol, so Swish played over his head for 165 games then reverted to true form for 6 games in the ALCS? Hahahah good one.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      Swisher has been at least a 3.3-fWAR player in four of the past five years; thus, his 4.1-fWAR 2010 wasn’t exactly a reach. When you combine that with Swisher’s six straight 20-plus-HR seasons and a career .357 wOBA, it is quite clear that the man is no slouch.

  125. Xstar7 says:

    This was what a way to Finish off the first full Yankees season I’ve followed since ’05.

  126. Xstar7 says:

    Giants better win the WS or I’ll be pissed

  127. candyforstalin says:

    a.j. burnett was probably the biggest disappointment of the season. i’m not very hopeful that he’ll get it back. which is a pity. when he was on, it was about as close as baseball gets to art.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      I’d say Vazquez was. Burnett was bad, but Javy was Cy Young-caliber in the NL last season and was slated to be the best No. 4 starter in baseball for NYY. Instead, Vazquez’s arm died, he pitched below replacement level, and wasn’t even on the postseason roster as a result. What looked like a great acquisition turned into a disaster.

      • a plethora of pinatas says:

        The biggest disappointment was Joba…….the next Mo he is not.

        • Murakami says:

          One of the biggest disappointments has been the handling of Joba Chamberlain.

          That starter from 2008 is still in there. The failure of Dave Eiland to coax that pitcher out of Joba – no, to just GIVE UP on that pitcher – is like the elephant in the room.

          89 IP in the minors, and never a return trip to work with the pitching coach that actually knew how to get through to him, Scott Aldred.

          EPIC FAIL for Cashman, Girardi and Eiland.

      • candyforstalin says:

        vasquez has the temporary thing going for him.

    • Murakami says:

      I don’t think you were paying attention, then.

      He threw four or five really good changeups, and was hitting 95 the other night. That is very encouraging, considering he had apparently lost about 1.5 mph on his FB earlier on.

      If AJ can maintain that velocity and keep that changeup in his back pocket, it will make all the difference for him next season.

      • candyforstalin says:

        i’ve been paying attention for the last two years. he did throw the best changes i’ve seen him do but he only sat at 95 in the first inning. anyway, i hope you’re right.

  128. Adam says:

    well, i’m gonna be looking forward to the fan confidence poll this monday

  129. stuart says:

    yep give up on a just turned 24 year old starter…

    really get a clue… the guy won 18 games…….

    any aj burnett fans need to see a shrink, the guy is worse then ed whitson….

  130. YankeeEVO says:

    I tip my hat to the Rangers, they are a talented and confident team. A big thanks to RAB and my fellow Yankees fans all over the world for a great year. I’ve been in Beijing for 2 years now and between listening to the games on the radio at 7 in the morning and constantly checking this site, Yankee stadium and the best fans in the world are never far away. Cheers, here’s to 2011 I can’t wait

  131. Ben says:

    Berkman going after Moreland’s ground ball in the fifth inning really hurt. If he goes to the back there it’s an easy out, and the Rangers likely don’t score in the inning.

  132. Pessimistic Fan says:

    Oh well, at least they lost to a better team. Besides, even though I don’t root for them, it should be fun watching Lee go up against Lincecum or Halladay.

    That aside, it wasn’t a bad season overall. While the wheels seemed to fall off the last two months, and the Yanks ended up flopping against the Rangers, they still managed to have a pretty solid season.

    This offseason, they’ll probably re-sign Girardi, Jeter, and Mo to maintain the core. Andy will have to make his decision on whether to keep playing, although he still seems to have something left in the tank. The outfield should probably stay the same, and defense wise, is one of the better ones the team has had in years. Jeter and A-Rod won’t be getting any younger, Tex should probably have a bounceback season (I hope), and Robbie should be Robbie.

    The question is what they plan to do about their starting rotation, relief corps, bench, and catcher situations.

    Lee will probably hit the free agent market (unless he wins a WS with Texas and decides he loves it there, this is a likely outcome), and will easily be its crown jewel. Unless Cash makes a trade, everyone here expects him to be our main target.

    The bullpen and bench usually are a lesser concern, and Cash will probably kick the tires on some guys and sign them to short term (read: one year) contracts, and then proceed to mix and match as the season goes on.

    As for our catcher, Jorge’s not a young man, and his defense and bat will continue to slide, although hopefully not too much. We all love Jesus, but can he stick at catcher? And will Cash trade him?

    /Optimistic fan’d

    • V says:

      Count me as someone who thinks Jeter should retire rather than suck for the next four years.

      • Murakami says:

        I prefer your idea that you retire.

        Jeter stays.

      • Tank Foster says:

        Back in the day, this would be Jeter’s last season. They might offer him something and ask him to play OF, but the OLD way of doing things was getting rid of a guy a year early rather than a year too late.

        Sort of like Rizzuto. Of course, there’s no Tony Kubek waiting in the wings.

        I still believe there may be a real financial sh!tstorm hitting professional sports if the economy continues to stagger, and I honestly don’t like the idea of giving Jeter a big contract.

        But of course they will. I’m not saying I know better than Cashman and the Steinbrenners, but we as fans are going to suffer for the premium we’re paying to both ARod and Jeter to have them in pinstripes to set career records and provide “marketing” muscle.

        The key to the Yankees has been uncommonly good hitting from the infield and catcher positions, and we’re looking at serious decline phases from 3/5ths of that, with Posada being the only one we’re likely to be able to dump any time soon. And the only replacement coming down the pike is Montero, and there aren’t really that many high impact offensive players who will be up in the free agent market soon.

        I think the Yankees’ hold on the AL east is going to slip over the next 4-5 years. Hopefully they can develop some good position players in the minors by that time.

  133. V says:

    Well, enjoy next year. I think I’m done following baseball. Life is getting too complicated to keep caring.

  134. Joe LA says:

    Oh well. Every 1996 has its 1997. Hopefully followed by a 1998,99 and 2000.

  135. All Star Carl says:

    Hopefully I see Montero starting for the Yanks :)

    Hughes 3.0 :)

    Lee maybe

  136. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    aaah, just returned from my “drown my sorrows” bar run…just wait till next year….dem bums!

  137. Ray the Anti-Handle says:

    Tip of the hat to the Rangers.

    Thank you for the great season, Yankees.

  138. China Joe says:

    A lot of people are acting like the RAB season is over…sure the BASEBALL season is over, but the RAB season never ends. We still have the Cliff Lee bonanza, GM meetings, possible trades, Andy Pettitte retirement cliffhanger, fWAR vs. bWAR debates, insane “Bring back Melky” arguments, perhaps a guest appearance by Betty White as the wacky grandma who hates statistical analysis…

  139. Andrew says:

    Call me an overreacting Yankee fan but what do you think about this lineup for next year?

    SS Jeter
    CF Granderson
    2B Cano
    1B Teixeria
    3B Rodriguez
    DH Posada
    RF Swisher
    C Montero
    LF Gardner

    I originally wrote this lineup with Gardner leading off and Jeter batting 9th. Ideally my original lineup would probably be more productive but seeing Jeter bat 9th just seems so wrong.

  140. Andrew says:

    Oh one more question (which I am going to ask during the chat tomorrow) Do you think there is any possible way of acquiring Zach Greinke without having to give up Montero?

  141. mike c (LETS GO YANK KEEZ) says:

    get felix, we need pitching

  142. yankees1717 says:

    my offseason needs:
    i don’t see a major overhaul this offseason. i’d say the starting eight position players stay. as for dh, i could see a platoon of thames and a lefty hitter such as russell branyan until jesus montero is ready. for the bench, i guess we’ll see a little more of cervelli, pena, and curtis, because i don’t see any good utility players that would presumably be willing to sign here. the only major move i see coming is the signing of cliff lee. we might also pick up some buy-low relievers such as chad qualls.
    vs. RHP lineup
    SS Jeter
    CF Granderson
    1B Teixeira
    3B Rodriguez
    2B Cano
    RF Swisher
    C Posada
    DH Branyan (later Montero)
    LF Gardner

    Rotation: Sabathia, Lee, Pettitte, Hughes, Burnett
    Bullpen: Rivera, Robertson, Chamberlain, Logan, Marte, Nova, Noesi

  143. Mosha says:

    The offense as it is will likely be a little less productive next year:

    Jeter – Documented slower bat speed.
    Granderson – Should expect roughly the same from him.
    Teixeira – Should be better but only if healthy.
    Rodriguez – Slower bat speed.
    Cano – Will regress a bit.
    Swisher – Expect the same.
    Posada – Declining.
    Gardner – I expect Gardner to improve.

    But that’s still a potent offense. Pitching is the question mark. The Red Sox, who were probably the best team in baseball without their injuries (scored the 2nd most runs with little playing time for youkilis or pedroia or ellsbury) should be better and the Rays will be about the same.

  144. My mom – who goes by the comment handle “Marsha” – wanted me to say: “Opening Day. March 31: Only 160 days away!”

  145. Xstar7 says:

    I’m looking forward to that!

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