New York has seen better days.
In a baseball town that’s often World Series or bust, the 2017 Yankees have caused mixed emotions. Today, there is only 1 acceptable emotion: SORROW.
But as the dust settles on the season, we can ask the question from the blackboard:
Was this season a success for the Yankees??
Many have grown accustom to winning, so their answer is an emphatic NO. Others look at the expectations prior to the season and laud this season as an overwhelming success.
Can’t it be both??
At the start of the season, the Yankees were projected to win 83 games. That’s not a playoff bound team. They didn’t know what they had in right field. They didn’t know they had an ace pitcher. And they didn’t know they’d be 1 game away from the World Series. So, how could anyone possibly be disappointed with the result of this season?? Spoiled, entitled, a**hole Yankees’ fans, that’s how.
YES, I’m a Yankees’ fan. My entire life. I’m just one of the good ones.
Humility goes a long way. Especially when you often find yourself hoisting the trophy. This was not the Yankees’ year. The same reason they overcame adversity to reach Game 7 of the ALCS, is the same reason they faltered in Game 7 of the ALCS. They’re young, and unexperienced, and naïve.
If I don’t know how big the moment is, how can the moment be too big??
The Houston Astros are a very good team. They deserve to be in the World Series. 1 different hop or different 1 bounce, and the Yankees could be in the World Series. That’s what it means to be in a Game 7. Rather than scrutinize every mistake made in the ALCS, oversimplify we shall….
ALCS in a nutshell:
Yankees’ offense in New York: 19 runs in 3 games
Yankees’ offense in Houston: 3 runs in 4 games
That’s it. That’s the whole story. That’s all she wrote.
This oversimplifying stuff is fun. Let’s try it again:
Looking through April 1st (start of the season) glasses: Huge Success
July 31st (trade deadline) glasses: That’s About Right
October 18th (Yankees’ 3-2 ALCS lead) glasses: Complete Failure
We (Yankees’ fans) shouldn’t have tantrums about not winning a World Series since 2009. Just think — we could be Mets’ fans. But, we also shouldn’t count our chickens before they hatch. Having a solid young core doesn’t guarantee sustained success. The ‘Baby Bombers’ may never win a World Series. Or, they can win 4.
Only time will tell….
Was the Yankees’ season a success?? Was it a failure?? Post your thoughts in the comment section below.
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