Losing is something we are not used to as Yankee fans. The Yankees haven’t been a below .500 team since 1992 and have missed the playoffs just once since 1995. Still, though, there are many times when many Yankee fans act as if the team is constantly losing. Those fans are, seemingly, never satisfied. Now, perhaps this is unfair to me. Rooting for a team is an emotional thing to do and when the team is losing, a lot of people overreact.
Despite my knowledge of that, there is still one thing that annoys me to no end: when people accuse the team of not trying simply because the team is losing. I noticed this sentiment because of a particular comment in the River Ave. Blues game thread last night, so I posed this question on Twitter:
How come every time the Yankees play poorly, a large number of people say they’re not trying?
I think throwing that accusation around is absolutely ridiculous. It may look like a team is not trying, but for a fan, watching from a couch or chair or bed or wherever has absolutely no idea what the effort level of the players is. Sometimes, we lose sight of the fact that baseball is essentially a game of failure. Whoever fails fewer times in the game is going to win. Of course, that’s a gross oversimplification but even the guy with the best OBP is going to fail six out of ten times.
We may lose sight o that because the Yankees tend to be very good at avoiding failing: they score a lot of runs, they don’t allow that many runs, and they win a whole heap of games each year. When they have games like last night, games in which the team looks terrible for one reason or another, many jump on the team for a lack of effort and say if they just tried harder, they’d be in the game. Those comments died down when Mark Teixeira hit a three run homer to pull the Yankees within two, but there were plenty up to that point.
After querying the above, I got a few responses I’d like to share:
Friend of the blog SteveH_MandAura said: Because with a $200+ million payroll they should go 162-0. Any loss=not trying
This is something else I saw–from the same commenter–in the River Ave thread. The Yankees, and baseball players in general, tend to get paid a lot of money. Because of that, we expect that they always do well and never disappoint. Well, that’s just not realistic, especially not in sports, and especially not in baseball. The response Steve is mocking is one I wish we’d never see, but sadly, we will a lot.
@EJGoose and @SteeeeveO expressed a similar sentiment: it’s easiest to explain the Yankees’ losses by saying the team isn’t trying. Their collective answer makes sense, and I don’t think either one of them supports it, but I still don’t buy it. The team isn’t showing a lack of effort or caring or trying: they’re just losing. I think that’s the simplest explanation we can give. 60 times a season, a baseball team is going to lose. Sometimes, those losses are going to look ugly. Who are we to say that the Yankees–or any team–are not trying?
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