September 17, 2010

NYP: An All-Out Yankee Collapse Is Not Out Of The Question

Over at the New York Post, they are gettin' noivous.

Kevin Kernan:
It never should have come down to this. ...

[T]his is not just about gaining first place in the AL East, it's about making sure to lock up a playoff spot. Don't look over your shoulders, Yankees, because the Red Sox aren't dead yet. ...

The second-place Yankees lead the Red Sox by six games with 16 left to play. It would take a collapse of 2007 Mets-like proportions to miss the playoffs. That collapse taught everyone, including yours truly, not to take anything for granted. ... Then there is that little matter of the 2004 ALCS, when the Yankees were up 3-0 against the Red Sox. ...

[A]n all-out collapse for the 2010 Yankees is not out of the question, especially with a schedule that includes four more games against the Rays and six against the Red Sox.
Joel Sherman:
As crazy as it sounds, Boston actually now controls its own destiny again – as long as the Red Sox stay within six games since they have those six games against the Yankees. ...

[The Yankees] have lost eight of 10, and their only wins came on a walk-off homer by Nick Swisher that avoided a sweep in the Bronx against the Orioles and a 10th-inning homer by Jorge Posada ... Those homers are all that stand between the Yankees and potentially a 10-game losing streak ...

If the Yankees blow this and fall completely out of the playoffs, they will rival the 2007 Mets and the 1964 Phillies for all-time choke jobs. This was a 10-game playoff lead over the Red Sox with 26 to play. It would be as bad as blowing that three-games-to-none lead vs. Boston in the 2004 ALCS. And that is a factor here.

Because the Yankees do not want to allow Boston to get close enough – if the Red Sox aren't there already – so that the Yankees get this in their heads and play tighter and tighter. The double-stain of 2004 and blowing this lead would historically and negatively mark the Yankees of this era even with last year's championship.

9 comments:

redsock said...

If the Yankees blow this and fall completely out of the playoffs, they will rival the 2007 Mets and the 1964 Phillies for all-time choke jobs.

News flash for Joel:

The 2004 ALCS was the "all-time choke job".

Patrick said...

As crazy as it sounds, Boston actually now controls its own destiny again

WTF? This is just a dumb statement.

I would be all about this historic collapse/come back if we had our opening lineup. Even though Yamaico Navarro has the same amount of syllables as Hakuna matata, doesn't mean there are no worries.

(but it does mean I sing Yamaico Navarro to that melody)

mattymatty said...

I assume Sherman meant "all time in-season choke jobs", because as RS notes, the '04 ALCS is at the top of the list.

I have to say, as someone who has given up on the Sox making the playoffs but still watches all the games, its fun to see the NYers squirm. Hopefully we can put a good scare into them (or more) before the season ends.

L-girl said...

Ha ha ha ha, this is grrrreat. No matter what happens, this is great!

If the Yankees blow this and fall completely out of the playoffs, they will rival the 2007 Mets and the 1964 Phillies for all-time choke jobs.

As someone once said in a different context*: "We can think of another one."

[Bill Buckner once described some random error as "the worst of his career". The quote was the item headline.]

L-girl said...

I have to say, as someone who has given up on the Sox making the playoffs but still watches all the games, its fun to see the NYers squirm.

Ah yes, that's exactly what I meant, didn't see MattyMatty's comment first.

This described me a very long time ago, and this is still way fun.

redsock said...

The Daily News does not seem to be ringing its hands yet. Maybe this weekend ...

mattymatty said...

The Daily News does not seem to be ringing its hands yet.

AJ Burnett is pitching for the MFY tonight so my advice is to check out tomorrow's edition.

RedSoxDiehard said...

Don't look over your shoulders, Yankees, because the Red Sox aren't dead yet.

The double-stain of 2004 and blowing this lead would historically and negatively mark the Yankees of this era even with last year's championship.


Sweet. Just sweet. Music to my ears!

Michael Holloway said...

I support a Yankee collapse and a miracle Red Sox finish. The Yankees *are* really stinking it up right now - it could happen.

Then, if the Rays' plane crashes into the ocean and the AAA team filling in don't win another game... lets see, only 14.5 back in the wild card...