turn, turn, turn.
Saturday night, the Yankees’ season ended (prematurely?). It was most definitely not a pretty game and wrapped up a good season that will ultimately be remembered for falling short. All throughout the season, the 2010 Yankees looked like they could have defended the 2009 team’s title successfully. However, it didn’t happen. The team was quite easily outplayed in the 2010 American League Championship Series.
Congratulations are due to the Texas Rangers. They played great baseball for six games and took the Yankees to task/behind the woodshed/wherever people go to get their asses kicked.
The Yankee fan in me is obviously angry. The Yankees were the best team in baseball for most of the season. And despite a very “blah” September, they ticked off four wins in a row to start the playoffs. They were on there way to successfully completing “Mission 28″ and bringing home another Commissioner’s Trophy. Then, they just sort of fell apart. They didn’t hit. They didn’t pitch. They lost. Given my lofty expectations for the team–the same goes for just about all of us, right?–this season could be seen as a disappointment. If we take that typical Yankee mentality–World Series or bust!–then the season is definitely a failure. Clearly, I see the positives in that mentality: it sets high expectations for the team and it means a constant pursuit of “perfection.” On the other hand, though, that’s a dangerous standard to set.
The baseball fan in me, the one with some perspective, reminds me that only one team is going to win the World Series every year and it might not be my team. Despite not reaching a goal they were certainly capable of, I don’t think it is fair at all for us to call this 2010 season a failure. The Bombers went farther than every other American League team except for one. If I were a fan of any other team and heard a Yankee fan call his or her team’s 2010 campaign a failure, I’d have to jack that fan in the gut with a tire iron.
2010 was not a total failure for the Yankees. They fell short of an ultimate goal, but they made it farther than 12 other American League teams. I congratulate them on a great season and even though it’s going to be a long wait until February, I’m excited for the Second Season: the Hot Stove Season.
On a more personal note, thank you all for reading this season. You have made my fan experience that much better. I hope you stick around during the Second Season and keep on reading. I couldn’t, we couldn’t, do it without you.
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