LADY AT THE BAT: Mike Lupica: No Rings, No Penalties

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Mike Lupica: No Rings, No Penalties

As the Yankees continue their downward spiral this season, I'm hearing all manner of talk as to why it's happening. Yesterday, sportswriter Mike Lupica appeared on The Michael Kay Show on 1050 ESPN Radio and was asked what he thinks is the problem.

Lupica brought up the Yankee mission statement: Win the World Series or the season is a failure. Therefore, the last six Yankee seasons have, indeed, been abject failures. Why, Lupica then wondered, have there been no penalties for these failures? One would think that major heads would roll. A championship has been out of grasp each year since 2001, yet there have been no firings and no major shakeups in the front office (although Lee Mazilli and Roy White might object). Lupica thinks this has made the Yankees complacent. They know there will be no real consequences for not winning the Series, so why bother really trying to win one?

Though it's not that simple, Lupica does have a point. How might things have been different had Joe Torre been fired after the collapse in the 2004 ALCS? How many more championships would the team have if Torre had been fired after the early playoff exit of 2005 or the one in 2006? Would the Yankees be leading the division right now? I don't know, but I'll go out on a limb and say that things wouldn't be as bad as they are now.

The Lady

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good point complacency breeds apathy and laziness.