There is NO QUIT in this team!
Unfortunately, that applies to this team…
…and NOT to this one…
Tim Farrell/The Star Ledger
The Yankees losing streak has now reached 5 games with last night’s 8-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Their record stands at 13-15, and they are 5.5 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays (and 4.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox). The Rays moved past the Yanks by percentage points, so the Bronx Bummers now find themselves in fourth place in the AL East as they head to Baltimore.
My morning began with an email from my friend Kelly in Tampa.
To: ScottSent: Thu May 07 21:43:35 2009Subject: Victoryand the Rays Win! Rays Win! Rays Win!I thought it was a nice touch that Joe went out tocheck on M. Rivera to see if he was hurt. Surely hemust be hurt if he gives up 2 home runs in one inning(first since 1998).Not just a win but a SSSSWWWWEEEEEEEEPPPPPP.SSSSWWWWEEEEEEEETTTT!Go Rays!
Somewhere, Julia is smiling…and so is Canuck! Julia’s team scored 12 runs in one inning to ensure that they were victorious against Cleveland. Of course, scoring 12 runs in an inning seems to be the only way that the Yanks could withstand yet another bullpen collapse.
The Yankees could conceivably leave Baltimore in last place if they can’t get this thing turned around quickly. Rest assured that the Orioles will be highly motivated and ready to play. Can the same be said of the Yankees? I hope so, but I wish I could say that with full confidence.
I know that Hal Steinbrenner has much more patience than his father, but how long before Joe Girardi is held accountable? I am admittedly not a “Girardi-guy”, but I was willing to give him the opportunity. But we are now in a second season of disappointment (regardless of the injuries) and he has not done anything to show me that he is the right man for the job.
I know that Don Mattingly wasn’t ready when Joe Torre departed, but how about now? I know that he still does not have managerial experience, but I am convinced that Donnie Baseball will be highly successful if/when he is ever given the opportunity. Don has done a tremendous job with the Dodgers hitters, and his personality would be a great fit in the Yankees clubhouse as its voice and unequivocal leader. Hire Mattingly and an experienced bench coach, and I am sure that the players would begin to play to their potential.
In my opinion, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Bob Melvin has done more to prove he is a major league manager than Girardi has, and this morning finds Melvin on the unemployment line. I think he needs some company…
On the bright side, I don’t have to wear a Pink Rays hat so things could be worse!
Let’s hope that A-Rod’s return sparks a revival…this season is far from over…
Let’s Go Yankees!