Not ten minutes ago, the Yankees 2011 season ended. Like 2010, it ended with a right handed closer for the opponent getting Alex Rodriguez to swing and miss to end the game. Like 2010, it ended earlier than we thought it should have.
First of all, I want to thank each and every one of you. If you read this site every day, thank you. If you read it once in a blue moon, thank you. The fact that you stop by and read this whenever you do fills me with more joy than you could ever imagine. I’m sure that I speak for each and every TYA writer when I say this (again): Thank you.
Now on to the game…well, yeah. Considering how the first inning started, this could’ve been a lot worse. The bullpen did a great job of keeping it close the entire way, giving the offense the opportunity to come back. This one falls on the offense. They had two bases loaded situations with one out and pushed across just one run…on a walk. There were some bad swings, some bad at bats…sigh.
As for the series, there were a lot of frustrating things: CC Sabathia’s lack of sharpness…Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Nick Swisher forgetting that they’re competent, Major League hitters…Jesus Montero getting ONE at bat. I don’t know. Maybe it’s too soon after everything, but I feel like all I can do is throw my hands up and sigh.
On this season, well, it’ll probably take a little more reflection to digest it. The Yankees definitely won more games than I thought they would (I think I said 93) and I didn’t think they’d win the division. While it’s hard to think of it in this way right after it happened, this season was successful for the Yankees. They may have fallen short of their ultimate goal, but so will 28 other teams. It’s nice to keep that goal in mind, but we can’t let that cloud every season that doesn’t end with a trophy-hoisting.
Gene Monahan and Jorge Posada. Over the next few days, weeks, and months, many words will be written about these two. Obviously, I never made a connection with the trainer like I did with the player, but Geno’s smiling face in the dugout and on the bench was always a calming presence that helped remind even the youngest of fans (like myself) of the history of the Yankee franchise. Good luck and good health in your retirement, Mr. Monahan. We’ll miss you and we love you.
Jorge…you’ve meant a whole lot to me and the fans of this organization for a long time. You’ve given us a lot of frustration over the years, but you’ve given us even more great memories. If you do in fact retire, I will be up on my soapbox, banging the drum for your Hall of Fame candidacy. Hopefully one day, you get your day at Yankee Stadium and your number retired in Monument Park. For years now, you’ve been one of the most underrated players on the Yankees and I think there is a large segment of Yankee fans that will realize what the team had once you’re gone. Thank you for the great years, Jorge. And though I’ve never liked this chant, I’ll make an exception this time: HIP HIP! JORGE!
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