So the Yankees failed to make the playoffs this year for the first time in over a decade. In the last season at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees simply couldn't match the consistent play of the Boston Red Sox and the surprising Tampa Bay Rays.
So why are people acting so surprised about all of this?
Hank Steinbrenner clearly thinks that it is unfair that the Yankees are missing the playoffs, while teams like the Dodgers are getting in simply because they play in a weaker division. How unfair! Hank Steinbrenner said that:
"The biggest problem is the divisional setup in Major League Baseball," Steinbrenner wrote. "I didn't like it in the 1970s, and I hate it now. Baseball went to a multi-division setup to create more races, rivalries, and excitement. But it isn't fair.
"You see it this season, with plenty of people in the media pointing out that Joe Torre and the Dodgers are going to the playoffs while we're not. This is by no means a knock on Torre—let me make that clear—but look at the division they're in. If L.A. were in the AL East, it wouldn't be in the playoff discussion. The AL East is never weak."
First it was unfair that Yankee Ace Chien Ming-Wang was injured while running the bases in Houston. Fine. But now holding the playoff and divisional structure accountable for the Yankees missing out on the postseason? Simply ridiculous.
You know what is unfair Hank? Having a team with the best player of our generation, the best closer of our generation, captain Derek Jeter, and various All Stars missing the playoffs in the last season of Yankee Stadium.
Maybe you should hold your players and their inconsistent play accountable for their failure this year. Just a thought. I miss George because like him or not, he spoke his mind and would critique the players that deserved it, not a division structure that has been around since the '70s.
Hank, for the good of the franchise, your father, and the team, just sit down and shut up. No one wants to hear what you have to say because 99.9 percent of the time it is baseless criticism that has no connection to the product you put on the field and are paid millions for.
You want to talk about what is fair and unfair? What is unfair is the fact that we Yankee fans have to listen to your idiotic statements.
It's also unfair how the media is reacting to the Yankees' supposed "demise." In a league where only four teams make the playoffs each year, a playoff appearance should be considered a success.
Now that the Yankees have (gasp) missed the playoffs for the first time since 1995, the media is writing obituaries for the franchise. ESPN has an image on their website that reads "New York Yankees: 1995-2008." I wouldn't expect anything less from the worldwide leader in entertainment...I mean, sports.
Do they honestly think that this is the end of the Yankees, or is this a marketing scheme designed to make the playoffs more compelling without them? ESPN has video vignettes running all day on Sportscenter and full articles trashing Yankee management and ownership, mere hours after celebrating the Yankees rich history Sunday night.
Most baseball fans would kill for a postseason appearance (Kansas City, Pittsburgh), but in today's "what have you done for me lately" atmosphere, the Yankees are being read their last rites for missing the playoffs for one measly year. One minute they are loved for having the best tradition, the next they are hated for not winning every year.
Detractors will say that it is thanks to the Yankees' ridiculous expectations that they are bound to fail, but if ESPN and the rest of the national media are reacting this way over one missed postseason, what does that say about their expectations for the Yankees?