The New York Yankees are on the verge of losing to the Astros in the postseason for the fourth time in eight years, as they trail in the ALCS, 3-0, following last night’s blowout loss. Yankee fans are, as you might imagine, pretty upset about the whole thing. While demanding that the Steinbrenners sell the time might be a bit extreme, I fully understand their frustration.
It’s true that the World Series shouldn’t be your only measure of enjoyment and success of a baseball season, but you can only dominate in the regular season and say “winning a championship isn’t everything” so many times before it gets old. Hell, I was almost there with Cleveland in 2018 and that was only three years of handily winning the AL Central and falling short in October.
While I do understand and sympathize with Yankee fans' frustrations, it’s also infinitely funny that the Yanks are about to be swept while Bryce Harper and Manny Machado — two free agents they refused to pony up for in 2019 — are battling it out on their own teams in the NLCS.
Long live playoff baseball.
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What went into the Aaron Civale decision in ALDS Game 5: Week in baseball | Cleveland
An all-time great quote from Terry Francona here that lets you know everything about how he values his players (and why they value him).
“You probably heard me say it a number of times and I know it wasn’t a really popular decision, but you can’t just care about your guys when it’s convenient,” said Francona. “Although Biebs was more than willing to do whatever we asked — I want to make sure people know that — I wasn’t comfortable.”