October 25, 2022

Schandenfreude 337 (A Continuing Series)

Ryan Glasspiegel, Post:

Michael Kay laid the wood to the New York Yankees.

Speaking on "The Michael Kay Show" on ESPN New York, Kay lambasted the team after mental conditioning coach Chad Bohling distributed a clip to players using the Yankees' 3-0 collapse against the Red Sox from the 2004 ALCS as motivation when they were facing a sweep against the Astros.

"How in baseball God's name can you be so tone deaf as an organization, as if to do that?" Kay asked. "How can you be that tone deaf? I mean talk about bad optics. Are you out of your mind? I talked to three players from the '04 team. They were outraged by the fact that their failure was being used as motivation for the 2022 team." . . .

"How could you do that?" he yelled. "It would be like somebody from Lincoln's family, and you're trying to teach them about shootings in theaters and how to avoid it. I mean, are you out of your mind? And then to make it worse, Eduardo Perez, who's doing the game with Dan Shulman on ESPN Radio, has Aaron Boone FaceTime with David Ortiz and Ortiz supposedly gave some advice.

"Aaron Boone has to say to them, 'Thank you, but we're not going there.' And here's the amazing thing, Don [La Greca] and Peter [Rosenberg]: They told the media! Aaron Boone told the media, 'Oh yeah, we put together a tape of the 2004 Red Sox.'"

As Kay alluded to, Boone matter-of-factly acknowledged showing a video of the series to the team.

"We watched that video,'' Boone told reporters on Sunday. "We sent it out to the coaches and players." . . .

"I hate to do it. I hate to do it. I hate to do it," Kay said. "If George Steinbrenner were alive today, someone would be fired for something like that. That's tone deaf!"

Jenna Lemoncelli, Post:

Former Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez sent a savage message to the Yankees after they were swept out of the ALCS by the Astros on Sunday.

"I have one question for all of New York: New York, who's your daddy now?" a smiling Martinez said during an appearance on the TBS postgame show. "I just want to know. I want an answer and I want it quick. New York, who's your daddy? Should I say the Astros?" . . .

. . . Martinez has a long history with Yankees fans, most notably during his Red Sox days, which included Boston's historic comeback in that same 2004 ALCS. To this day, no other MLB team has come back from a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series.

After the Astros' 6-5 win to complete a four-game sweep of the Yankees on Sunday, Martinez was elated to one-up New York fans. It marked the Yankees' fifth straight ALCS series loss.

The Astros have now ended the Yankees' playoff runs in the ALCS in 2022, 2017 and 2019. Houston also defeated New York in the 2015 Wild Card Game.

Ryan Glasspiegel, Post:

The Sports Pope has seen enough.

In the aftermath of the Astros' ALCS sweep of the Yankees, Mike Francesa delivered a postmortem on his BetRivers podcast. He concluded that the Yankees need "wholesale changes" on the field and in the front office — starting with general manager Brian Cashman. . . .

"I don't think the Yankees are headed in the right direction," Francesa said. "I think that sometimes, even when guys have done a good job, there comes a time where you need to change things. I'm talking about Cashman. I've known Cashman forever. He's had a wonderful career . . . But there comes a time that you need a new voice and you need a new direction. [Moving on] would be the smartest thing they could do now, because this team needs wholesale changes." . . .

Francesa juxtaposed these Yankees with the ghosts, dead and alive, they are chasing. He said that they don't measure up as Yankees to the dynasty that began in 1996, and that the gap has widened with the Astros, who have developed young studs like Yordan Alvarez and Jeremy Peña after losing stars like Carlos Correa and Michael Brantley.

He lambasted the current Yankees for excuses they've been making.

"I was just amazed that the Yankees were whining about balls of theirs not going out of the ballpark," he said. "These are the Yankees! When you hit 250 home runs, you don't whine when one doesn't go out of the ballpark. Opening and closing roofs, talking about [Alex] Bregman's ball going out, Judge's ball not going out — you've got to be kidding me! When you hear stuff like that, and this wasn't one guy or two guys, this was like half the team talking about losing the game — shut up! You're the Yankees!" . . .

"I think they need a different tact," Francesa said. "The way they are putting this team together is not working. But oh, they make the playoffs! With their resources, in this age, they're almost always going to make the playoffs. There are teams that have one-third of their resources that make the playoffs a lot. It's not about making the playoffs. They haven't been to the World Series since 2009, and now there's a team that they can't get past, no matter what they do, and if anything the gap has widened. And they can't blame it on garbage cans or devices or anything else they want to come up with as an excuse. The Yankees have gotten very good at excuses."

"The Yankees have become masters at the excuse," he said, pointing out that while they were missing key players such as Andrew Benintendi, everyone has injuries. "Nobody cares. Get the result. That's it. They need wholesale changes. There are very few guys — very, very few guys — who have to be on this team next year. That's a good place to start." . . .

"The Yankees need to take a new tact. That is not overreacting to a brutal and just numbing four-game sweep. When you think about how this postseason went, if I had told you this in June you wouldn't believe it," Francesa said. "They didn't win 100 games and they're not going back to the World Series. Again. And they're not beating the Astros. Again. In fact, they can't even beat them a game. That's where it starts.

"We want this to be a point where something happens from here, because if you just try to fine-tune this group, you'll be back here again and again and again just like you have year after year after year. This team isn't missing something. It's missing a whole lot. This team went into this series and was playing roulette with the shortstop, leadoff position and key spots in the bullpen every single night. That's how you go into a postseason? Let's see. Think about it. Late '90s. Early 2000s. Who was the leadoff hitter? Who was the shortstop? Who closed the games? They weren't tough questions, were they."


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1 comment:

betterthanthealternative said...

"It would be like somebody from Lincoln's family, and you're trying to teach them about shootings in theaters and how to avoid it."