A Friendly Reminder About the Yankees

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The day to day minutiae of life has a tendency to grab a firm hold on all of us. This is especially true during the social media age where information is available in an instant. As a result, we tend to believe the happenings of the present moment are the most important. And this is true to an extent. After all, a collection of moments lead to trends and trends lead to conclusions. Sometimes, we need to pull back and assess the entire situation. This is oftentimes the case when it comes to long baseball seasons. So here is a friendly reminder.

The 2019 New York Yankees are really good. They’re so good you can make a strong case that they are currently the best team in baseball. Of course Dodgers, Twins and Astros fans would disagree, but at the very least the Yankees are in that conversation. They’ve played well against both the best and dregs of the league. They’re great at home and strong on the road. Their record of 34-11 against AL East teams is the best record against division opponents in all of Major League Baseball. They just took 3 of 4 from their closest division competitor and are now eight games up.

Normally, a post like this would include statistical analysis and astute observations to back up a claim. As we all know, this season is anything, but normal. This feels like as good as time as any to focus solely on silly things like spirit, character and mettle given the incredible circumstances the team has experienced.

At the time you’re reading this, the Yankees have over 20 players experience an IL stint. Some of these players include:

  • Aaron Judge
  • Giancarlo Stanton
  • Luis Severino
  • Dellin Betances
  • Gary Sanchez
  • Aaron Hicks
  • Didi Gregorius
  • Miguel Andújar
  • Clint Frazier
  • James Paxton
  • Luke Voit

If we’re being honest, this should’ve derailed the Yankees’ season. You can’t overstate how crucial each player listed is to the franchise. It would be frustrating to watch, but also understandable if the team used the injuries as a crutch and found it difficult to compete day in and day out. Here is an actual lineup from a MLB game on April 22nd:

The Yankees won this game 4-3 in 14 innings against the Angels. The hero that night was Gio Urshela. That game perfectly captured the heart of this team. They held and blew the lead multiple times, but found a way to win. That attitude has stuck all year.

A season will challenge every team’s character at some point. It just so happened the challenge for the Yankees began in their opening week. All this did was establish the emotional foundation of the squad. It wasn’t primarily built by Judge, Stanton and Severino. Instead it was the likes of DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Luke Voit, Gleyber Torres and Gio Urshela doing the heavy lifting. The calm focus of Aaron Boone is a major contributor as well. There is an expectation to win every day. There is an attitude that they’re never out of a game. And why shouldn’t you have that approach when the team didn’t back down during their most troubling times.

We all get caught up in the day to day issues of the team. Do the Yanks need more pitching? Probably. Do a lot of us have complaints about the lineup construction? Yes. Is the load management plan for the players really frustrating to watch at times? Absolutely. These are all valid points. With that said, we have to remember how awesome this team is. The Yankees actively turned their biggest obstacle into their biggest triumph to date. It is making the season even more exciting to watch than normal. There is a lot more work to be done as the ultimate goal is a world championship. As we acknowledge that fact, it is ok to take a moment and appreciate all the Savages in that clubhouse.

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8 Comments

  1. The tampa bay lightning were a really good team last year also,
    The 2018–19 Tampa Bay Lightning season was the 27th season for the National Hockey League (NHL) franchise that was established on December 16, 1991.[2] The team clinched a playoff spot on March 8, 2019, when the Montreal Canadiens lost 8–2 to the Anaheim Ducks.[3] This season marked the first time that Tampa won the Presidents’ Trophy in franchise history, winning the Atlantic Division for the second consecutive year as well, their fourth division title overall.[4] They also became the second team in league history to win 62 games, matching the record set by the 1995–96 Detroit Red Wings. Their record-setting season ended when they were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Columbus Blue Jackets. This was the first time in NHL history that a team that won the Presidents’ Trophy got swept in the first round of the Playoffs

    • Randy

      Yes, that’s why I wrote there is more work to be done. We can take a step back and appreciate how good they are while also saying they need to win the title.

      • I agree, the problem is. I don’t feel the team is built to beat verlander 3x

        • Randy

          I think they’re more than capable especially with his homer numbers jumping up. I do think they need homefield against those guys.

        • RetroRob

          Your initial note, and responses, capture the fear of baseball fans who root for good teams. Fans are always afraid their team is not good enough. Problem is, in baseball, you can be the best team and still not win it all.

          Verlander is a starting pitcher with an ERA of 3.00 and a league-leading 26 HRs allowed. He is not a god.

          Try enjoying the ride.

  2. ruralbob

    I often wonder what it’s like for Yankee haters who are following the team this year. I suspect they feel a lot more positively (in a negative way) about the team than Yankee fans do. Sort of like a Yankee fan following the Red Sox last year.

    • Your a Looser Trader FotD

      Perusing the frustration in the OTM comments is a hoot.

    • RetroRob

      Yankee haters will decide anything less than a four-game sweep by the Yankees to win the World Series will be a failed season. They’ve set up their own narrative that they hope will bring them happiness. Yankee fans did the same thing last year when looking at the Red Sox.

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