October 18, 2012

Schadenfreude 149 (A Continuing Series)

UPDATED! - One Yankee player blames booing NY fans for causing ALCS sweep!!

Andrew Marchand, ESPN New York:
The Yankees' season is over. It ends in utter embarrassment. Forget about winning a game in this series, they never held a lead in the ALCS.
George A. King III, Post:
Ninety-five wins, an AL East title and an ALDS victory never looked this empty.

Not when all of that is followed by getting swept by the Tigers in four games of the ALCS.

Despite talk of how they would bravely fight their way out of a very deep ditch Thursday, the Yankees went quietly into the off-season with an 8-1 beating ...

The last time the Yankees were swept in a four-game series was by the Reds in the 1976 World Series. ...

Sabathia, who the Yankees firmly believed would get them to a Game 5 today, gave up six runs (five earned) and 11 hits (two homers) in 3.2 innings. ... The 3.2 innings were his shortest stint of the season. ...

[Alex] Rodriguez went 0-for-2 and finished the post-season 3-for-25 (.120).

Robinson Cano went 0-for-4 and ended on a dreadful 1-for-34 slide. For the postseason Cano batted a hard-to-believe .075 (3-for-40). ...

Eric Chavez ... finished the post-season hitless in 16 at-bats and struck out in half of them. ...

Nick Swisher went 1-for-4 and completed a fourth straight awful postseason hitting .167 (5-for-30).

And the Yankees scored six runs in four games. ...

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John Harper, Daily News:
[One Yankee] player privately made a far more indicting observation: that the ballclub was affected by the hostility from the fans at Yankee Stadium last weekend.

“I really think the booing spooked a lot of guys," the player said. “A lot of guys hadn’t been booed before, and they couldn’t believe how nasty it got in the stands."

Obviously Nick Swisher admitted to being sensitive to such treatment after Game 2, but the player said Swisher was far from alone in his reaction.

“A lot of guys were talking about it in the clubhouse," he said. “I was surprised by how much it bothered them. I really don’t think they ever recovered."

If that's true, well, so much for the big, bad Yankees.

Joel Sherman, Post:
There is only wreckage now, the detritus of having every weakness exposed, of falling apart so completely as to make it difficult to see the outline of a major league team, much less the New York Yankees.

Over the coming days and weeks, Yankees management must assess the meaning of that wreckage, of a humiliating ALCS sweep by the Tigers. ...

The season ends, the huge questions are just beginning.
Mark Feinsand, Daily News:
Different October, same result.

The Yankees were ousted from the postseason by the Tigers for the second straight fall and the third time since 2006, falling 8-1 in Game 4 Thursday to complete an embarrassing four-game American League Championship Series sweep.

CC Sabathia was torched for six runs in 3.2 innings, recording the same number of outs - 11 - as hits allowed. His counterpart, Max Scherzer, no-hit the Yankees through five innings, then handed it off to Detroit's bullpen with two out in the sixth as the Tigers wrapped up their 11th AL pennant.

The offense completed one of the most anemic postseasons in history ...

The Yankees finished the series hitting .157, a new franchise record for futility that had stood since 1963, when the Bombers hit .171 in their World Series loss to the Dodgers. The Yankees hit .187 for the entire postseason, wasting a bevy of solid pitching performances.

The Yankees never held a lead during the four-game sweep, scoring five runs overall. They only scored in three of 39 innings during the ALCS ...

Curtis Granderson went 3-for-30 (.100) with 16 strikeouts ...
Bryan Hoch, MLB.com:
The Yankees' ice cold autumn will now give way to an uncertain winter, as their season concluded on Thursday with an 8-1 loss to the Tigers in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park. ...

The positions of manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman appear to be secure, but hitting coach Kevin Long will be asked to answer for an anemic offense that hung zeros on the scoreboard in 36 of 39 innings during the ALCS.

New York never held a lead in the series and pushed runs across in just two ALCS frames -- the ninth innings of Games 1 and 3 -- before Nick Swisher doubled home Eduardo Nunez in the sixth inning on Thursday, breaking up Scherzer's shutout bid.

Daily News: "Yankees deny talking to Marlins about A-Rod"
Post: "Signs point to a costly divorce between A-Rod and Yankees"
Daily News: "Lupica: A-Rod continues to be damned Yankee"
Daily News: "The Donald takes more rips at A-Rod"


Tom DePlonty said...

That's some phenomenal service right there - same day Schadenfreude!

What an enjoyable series. Thank you, Detroit.

allan said...

Got back from our NY/NJ trip at around 7, so when the game ended, I was ready!

allan said...

This wouldn't have happened if Derek Jeter was still alive.

tim said...

May be the first MFY postseason sweep since 1976, but it sure ain't been that long since they lost 4 in a row in the playoffs!

laura k said...

May be the first MFY postseason sweep since 1976, but it sure ain't been that long since they lost 4 in a row in the playoffs!

Repeating for emphasis. :)

Jere said...

There was one shot of Tigers fans standing and cheering, but if you looked closely, you saw someone sitting quietly. That person was Brian Cashman. Gotta get a screen shot of that.

Just heard Steve Somers on the FAN doing a little mourning routine with the funeral music playing in the background, good stuff.

SoSock said...

I love the smell of schadenfreude in the morning!
I saw a headline caption on MLB.com that said "A-Rod vows to stay in NY next season" (paraphrased. I hope so!

allan said...

Updated with the tabloids - and quotes from one player blaming the booing NY fans for the sweep, saying a lot of the players got "spooked"!!!

allan said...

A short take on the results of the Daily News' KEEP OR DUMP poll!

FenFan said...

Welcome to the off-season, New York... and thanks for the schadenfreude, Allan! :-)

Pokerwolf said...

Man, MFY fans sure do turn on their team quickly. I'm not surprised that the players were caught off guard with the booing from their own fans.

allan said...


SoSHer Hendu's Gait:

4 consecutive
Losses when it counts the most.
Just like the old times.

allan said...


"You cannot call it the worst loss in the history of the Yankees, there will never be a worse loss than the one to the Red Sox in ’04, those four nights in October, four losses in a row in another American League Championship Series after the Yankees led the Red Sox three games to none."

allan said...

SoSHer tims4wins:

"They played 39 innings and scored in 3 of them. They never held a lead, not once, not a 1-0 lead after the top of the first. It was an abysmal performance on the offensive side. They didn't pitch all that poorly (until game 4, they had only allowed 11 runs in 3 games), but it's hard to imagine a worse offensive performance in a best-of-seven series. Of the 6 runs they scored, 5 came via the home run (and 2 of the 3 home runs they hit were to RF in the new toilet). Just no offense whatsoever."


9casey said...

Magadan left for Texas.

9casey said...

They really are going to hire John Farrell. I dont get it.

laura k said...

Man, MFY fans sure do turn on their team quickly.

Almost as fast as Red Sox fans! ;)

I love the dear john letter.