The playoff train has officially come to an abrupt halt and might even be about to go backwards. With the Yanks now 7 ½ games behind the Red Sox and 2 games (not extremely bad, but not where they should be) behind the never losing Mariners in the Wild Card the future for this team this year looks grim. With the way the team was rolling, winning nearly every game to push them back in playoff contention, it began to feel like this was the year (still does). With everything the team has been through and all of the obstacles they’ve overcome (a team that had once been in last place in the standings not too long ago) it’s hard to say that their season is over and that this season is nothing more than a waste. Everything in me is hoping it isn’t, and although my faith in them slowly dissipates with every new setback, it’s not gone. There is still about a month left to the season and a wise man once said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
Although the lastest struggles have really dampened the entire outlook of reaching the playoffs to many Yankee fans, in actuality, there is still a good chance of October baseball in the Bronx. With 6 games still left to play with Boston and 3 games with Seattle, there is still time to turn it all around. (The Wild Card is obviously the Yanks’ best bet so the Mariners series is a must watch… though I’m kind of hoping the Mariners continue winning so that they’ll take the West instead, while the Yanks take the Wild Card, and let the Angels drown… no way I want to see them in October.) It’s going to be tough. The Yanks must renew the magic they had in July. Losing for any lengthy period of time is not an option. That maybe a lot to ask, but the Yanks put themselves in this position. To get out of it, the entire team has to pull their weight.
I went away for the weekend and only got to see the first game with Detroit, (purely because the game started when I got back to my hotel room) though I honestly wished I hadn’t seen it. It was a true heartbreaker if there ever was one. With a game that started 4 hours late, then goes into extra innings it was more than dramatic. It was a fight… a scary fight that ultimately ended up with another long walk back to the dugout. I could’ve cried. A tough tough tough loss. That’s pretty much all I have to say about that game… well… except for a little advice for Sean Henn: If ya can’t handle the pressure, find another job. With that said, moving on… Saturday’s game, from what I’ve read, was triple fiesta and Sunday’s game I haven’t read that much about because I’m too exhausted to sift through another tough loss but the final score pretty much sums it up for me. A one run game… shame. There’s one more game left against Detriot and it’s simple: split or bust.
Although the playoff train has stopped, it not impossible to get it back up and running, just a little (okay maybe a lot) of elbow grease.
The work the Yanks have to do to get it done: tons.
The amount of games they have left to do it in: not many.
The number of fans hoping they do: thousands.
The look on everyone’s face if they can: priceless.
I think die hard Yankee fans all truely feel that this team can still make it. I mean, I didn’t title this blog "Flair For The Dramatic" for nothing. If we’re lucky, the playoff train should be up at full speed before it’s too late, and with 32 games left in the journey, all I can say is: hang on, it’s going to be one **** of a ride.
**Edit: Just realized who’s starting tomorrow: Moose… cross your fingers**