LADY AT THE BAT: The 2013 Yankees: Putting Things Into Perspective

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The 2013 Yankees: Putting Things Into Perspective

Last night, as the innings crept by during the Yankees 8-3 loss to the Rays, I was surprised by and somewhat amused at all the angst on my timeline on Twitter.

Here was a team that had absolutely no chance to make the playoffs. The final nail was poised over the proverbial coffin.  Yet, fans were spewing anger and frustration as if the Yankees were three games back with 20 to play.

I didn't understand. I didn't understand why people still cared when the Yankees had absolutely no shot. They weren't going to win out and Cleveland wasn't going to lose their remaining games.  There was no reason to get so upset about the way Phil Hughes was pitching, or about the bone-head bunt that Chris Stewart laid down. It just didn't matter anymore.

"Give it a rest, everybody," I wanted to tweet.

I didn't, however. I let them have their fun.

In the meantime, I had my own fun: Putting things into perspective, I reminded myself that this 2013 Yankee team has over-achieved. After all the injuries and distractions, for this team to be in contention until the final week of the season was, to me, monumental. It is monumental. 

While the annual mission statement of the New York Yankees says "World Championship Or Bust," anyone would be out of his or her mind to cling to that statement during this particular season.

So no, it wasn't a great season by the usual scheme of things but, the 2013 New York Yankees can still hold their heads high because, in spite of it all, it wasn't a bad season.

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