April 28, 2007

Longest Losing Streak In 7 Years Has Steinbrenner "Very Displeased"

Johnny Damon said "There's going to be panic soon if the winning doesn't start." Derek Jeter doesn't agree:
"If you're pushing the panic button now," Jeter said, "you're in for a long season."

Although Jeter and his teammates insist that it's too early to go into crisis mode, does George Steinbrenner agree? Or will a dismal weekend showing lead to major changes within the organization?

"Now that's a different question."
New York mayor Michael Bloomberg says stop picking on the manager: "I think Joe Torre ... could manage anything. He could manage a company. He could manage a baseball team. He's a great manager."

After Friday night's loss, Torre held a team meeting. One Yankee said: "Enough is enough; that was basically his message. There wasn't a whole lot to it, but he got his point across."

John Harper, Daily News:
For a long time, in fact, there wasn't a player to be found in the postgame clubhouse, as many Yankees sat in the players' lounge and either did some soul-searching or just tried to wait out reporters waiting to ask questions.

When players did emerge, they spoke quietly about continuing to fight and digging down deep, about how one win could give them some momentum and make everything seem okay again.
George King, Post:
A seven-game losing streak has George Steinbrenner so concerned he is wondering if replacing Joe Torre is the answer. ...

Yesterday, the word out of Tampa was that Steinbrenner "was very displeased" about the way his high-priced stable of talent is underachieving and was thinking about a change.

And that was before the Red Sox punished the last-place Yankees, 11-4, in front of 55,005 at Yankee Stadium last night.
Torre:
Hopefully, we have bottomed out. This was the worst game we played all week.

11 comments:

Zenslinger said...

The latest remarkable statistic I noticed that has to be disturbing for the Yankees: they don't have a pitcher with two wins to his name yet.

NY Post headlines: "Joe in Jeopardy as Yanks Bomb" and "DL Could Be in Damon's Future".

L-girl said...

"The latest remarkable statistic I noticed that has to be disturbing for the Yankees: they don't have a pitcher with two wins to his name yet."

Mariano not having a save yet is eye-opening, too.

Now on to our next sweep!

Adawg said...

J-O-S -- love the blog. I had the same reaction this morning that you did. I relish in going to the NY Post and reading George King's doom and gloom articles about the "putrid" play of the Bombers recent play. ;)

By the way, can you ask your local Jays to ease up on the Sox next go around? Maybe Vernon Wells can sit that next series out.

accudart said...

one down...would a sweep cost Torre his job? Although he has made some curious choices this season, that mess of a pitching staff isn't his doing.

L-girl said...

By the way, can you ask your local Jays to ease up on the Sox next go around?

The Sox took 2 of 3, and the one they lost was a 2-1 Matsuzaka-Chacin duel. Not too bad.

L-girl said...

would a sweep cost Torre his job?

I say no, but let's find out. (Hi Ray!)

Miguel said...

How can Torre be blamed? He did not put together the pitching staff, or decide Pavano was magically going to pitch well, or lower Rivera's speed. It would be dumb to get rid of him, good for the Red Sox.

redsock said...

It would be dumb to get rid of him, good for the Red Sox.

The Yankees do not always act rationally.

If Georgie Porgie wasn't being hidden away from the public, it's a good bet Torre would be gone by now. In any event, this would be even more entertaining.

redsock said...

Joel Sherman, today's NY Post:

"It is no secret around the Yankees that George Steinbrenner wanted Torre's job after the AL Division Series debacle last year, and only GM Brian Cashman's assault of reason calmed down the savage Boss. But this is not a moment of strength for Cashman, not with so much of his hand-picked personnel - on the roster and around the team - feeding a last-place team. Cashman probably will not be able to serve as a human blockade to save Torre if this is what Steinbrenner really wants, especially because there is still a pretty strong anti-Torre faction with Steinbrenner's ear in the organization."

More at Was Watching.

L-girl said...

Let's not start believing anything Joel Sherman has to say.

redsock said...

In his ESPN blog, Buster Olney says exactly the same thing as Sherman.