They have a record of 57-34 and since May 30 they’ve scored three-or-more runs in every single game – that’s a 42-game streak if you’re keep score at home. They’ve also averaged 5.31 runs per game during the streak and have only lost 11 games. So why are so many people complaining?
It’s because a lot of Yankee fans are never satisfied.
One of the biggest complaints I hear people talking about incessantly is that the Yankees hit too many home runs.
Yes, suddenly hitting too many home runs and scoring runs are bad things. The train of thought is that the Yankees will be shut down in the playoffs if they rely too much on home runs because they will be facing much tougher pitching. Now, this could be true but so far, the Yankees have held their own against some big name pitchers – David Price, King Felix and Justin Verlander to name a few. Also, it’s July. How about enjoying what we’re watching and stop being such Debbie Downers?
And playing into this silly train of thought? The media.
Case in point, last night I had the displeasure of watching Baseball Tonight on ESPN. It wasn’t by choice, it was because I was too lazy to leave the room. Anyway, Orel Hershiser and Doug Glanville were ranking the best lineups in baseball. Where did they place the Yankees? Not in first. In fact, Glanville put the Yankees fourth. The reason? Too many home runs.
Really? I just shook my head at the TV.
Another thing that has been occurring with great frequency because the Yankees have been so good is that people are booing Alex Rodriguez just because they can. It seems like no matter what he does, he’s booed. The whole team could be held hitless but if he grounds out, he’s booed.
It’s unbelievable. It’s as if the 2009 playoffs, never happened.
Guys like Tino Martinez and Scott Brosius are put up on pedestals for having one or two big playoff home runs and poor Rodriguez, who nearly carried the Yankees on his back into the 2009 World Series is still persona non grata in New York. (Okay, I’ll give Brosius props for his 1998 World Series MVP but it was really the only good series he had in his entire time as a Yankee.)
During yesterday’s game, a ball was hit to Rodriguez and as he charged in to make the play it took a funny hop and he couldn’t make the throw to first. The crowd booed. Then in the next play, the batter hit a pop up to Rodriguez, he caught it and the crowd cheered derisively.
Oh, and did I mention the Yankees were up 6-0 by that time in the game? This sort of stuff makes me apoplectic and it also makes me hate being a Yankee fan. Well, okay, not hate, that’s too strong a word but it is really embarrassing. The whole booing just to boo nonsense got old years ago. Enough is enough.
So stop complaining about a team that owns the best record in baseball.
Stop booing Alex Rodriguez just to boo him.
And stop acting like spoiled brats. You’re embarrassing the rest of us level-headed Yankee fans.