In the wake of their four-game sweep out of the American League Championship Series, the New York Yankees have had to endure an onslaught of finger-pointing and harsh criticism for their anemic results against the Detroit Tigers.
It seems that everyone from the most casual of fans to the so-called "experts" have taken to social media sites and more traditional publications in an effort to single out the reasons for the Bombers' failures.
They need to chill out, step back and look at what occurred more objectively.
There is little doubt that the Yankees just couldn't hit when they needed to the most in the ALCS. It has been documented to death and many have over-reacted by focusing on the team's age, its injuries and its payroll. To read the many laments, you would think the Yankees had just finished in fifth place, 26 games back, and fired their media-favorite manager (yes, that was a subtle dig at their rivals from Boston).
The fact is that this was a very successful season and the "boys from the Bronx" just ran into a buzz-saw.
Let's take a deep breath, sit back and look at a few of the real reasons why they didn't reach the World Series.