Skip to main content

Yankees 2015 Season Finale - Thoughts and Reactions


Soooooooo, what has been a fairly enjoyable Yankee season is now all over. Done. Finished. Complete. And ultimately, it all ended in a huge whimpering disappointment. 

Last night, there I sat in section 431 of Yankee Stadium and watched inning after inning, after inning, zip by with our offense giving little resistance to Dallas Keuchel (also, my pick for AL Cy Young) stellar performance. Quite frankly, in nine innings of baseball, we never had one base runner get to third base. The hardest hits all night were a Greg Bird liner to centerfield, and a Carlos Beltran smash up the middle. Other than that - silence. Silence! 

I'll be lying if I said I'm not writing this with a fallen fandom heart. I'm devastated - it's that same feeling I always have when we are eliminated from the playoffs. A feeling I've missed for the past two years. 


Regardless, I'll share with you the same thing I shared with those who I attended the game with tonight - this was in indeed the first playoff team in my lifetime in which I truly did not have high hopes for going forward. It's hard to, especially when you think of how tough the baseball landscape is. 

Nonetheless, it still hurts. And as the Mets claim their rightful place as the center of the city (they deserve it, they really do), there is plenty of off-season mourning, anger, and discussion to look forward to. 

And plenty that truly need to be addressed. 

Here are some other quick tips on tonight's 2015 season finale: 

- I know I can be annoying to some of my friends discussing the "old house", especially in comparison to the new Yankee Stadium. I do miss the old place a lot. I miss the structure, the blue-ness of it, the acoustics, the way the upper deck hangs over, and most of all, the way the building shook in certain moments. With that said, I really thought last tonight was a great atmosphere.

It was my first playoff game in the new stadium and plenty of fans brought the energy, but there just wasn't much to feed off of. The loudest the place got was when A-Rod had two on and a chance to really get things going in the 6th. The place was so desperate for something there. So eager, you can almost cut the tension. If A-Rod went yard, the whole place might have come down. But ah well, it just wasn't meant to be. 

- I'm a big Girardi guy and I really feel that those who criticize him are typically misinformed or just being ridiculous. Even with a Wild Card loss, Girardi deserves plenty of credit for helping lead this team to where it got to, especially with the injuries and issues facing the team this year. 

- I was never a fan of the Jacoby Ellsbury deal when it happened. I'm still not a fan of it. His play down the stretch has been terrible, and his at-bat tonight was putrid. Great athlete, just not worth the price tag. The fact that he sat the bench tonight bothered me. 

- I was excited to see Refsnyder and Bird in the lineup. Add Aaron Judge, possibly next year, and the Yankees have some young stars who really can anchor some spots for them moving forward. Houston's lineup is filled with young guys, and so is the rest of MLB. It's time for the Yankees to get younger, and move toward a more dynamic offense besides waiting on the big homerun. 

- Speaking of Bird, I am really interested to see how Teixeira's return is handled. There is no way they can send down this kid. None. And of course, as shown by Tex, he's still very valuable. 

- Didi Gergorious has been absolutely fantastic this year. The guy replaced Derek Jeter (no easy feat), struggled, bounced back, and is now looking like a solid foundational piece for this squad moving forward. I'm a big fan of Didi. And from the chants and cheers yesterday night, so are a lot of Yankee fans. 

- Betances and Miller MUST throw less innings next year. Seriously, their work load was way too high this year. 

- How in the world did we allow Chris Carter, a .198 hitter, to reach base three times via walk.?Seriously, HOW?! Make that dude swing the bat! Just another reason we lost tonight. 

- Carlos Correa is flippin' special. Like effin special. Seriously, friggin' special. 

- Ultimately, Houston was the better team. How many Yankees fans can just admit this? You know, without the ridiculous ranting and raving about firing Cashman, blaming Girardi, and the now annoying "if the boss was alive" rhetoric. Houston was better. Keuchel owned us - again! 

Anyway, while my boys are done, I am very much looking forward to Mets/Dodgers (which should be an awesome series), and the rest of the MLB playoffs. 

As for my fandom, it now focuses to my New York Red Bulls (waiting on playoffs), my New York Jets (3-1), and oh yeah, the second love in my sports fandom - those damn New York Knicks! Oh boy...

Again, thanks to the 2015 New York Yankees. To sum it up - you were exactly who I thought you were. Sometimes reality and perspective just sucks. 

Recently Read Posts

I Wore a Porzingis T-Shirt Today

The comments came all day long, and from everywhere.
"Nice shirt! Love me some Kristaps! If they trade him tonight, I tell you what, I'll help you chant 'Fire Phil'". 
"They better keep the Unicorn in New York."
"Hey, did they trade Porzingis? Please tell me they didn't trade KP!" 
These were some of the comments to come out of random conversations I had with complete and total strangers today as I rocked my Porzingis T-shirt jersey and some bright orange nike's. The move served as a therapeutic last ditch protesting effort to accentuating my (unfortunate) feelings for this basketball team representing this great and wonderful city. I'm with Porzingis. 
The first comment was made by the spry female usher guiding me to my seat at the Barclay's Center. The second was a thirteen year old boy who stood behind me on the Will Call line sparking a conversation of angst, frustration, and disappointment with the team we chose to suppor…

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 6/18/17

3 Up
1. Father's Day - Shout out to all of the father's out there who make so many sacrifices to help raising and mentor tomorrow's generation. Thank you for all that you do. 
2. How to Think About Bill Cosby... - A recent article in the New York Times discusses and opined on an issue facing many - navigating enjoying "The Cosby Show" and the recent development surrounding Bill Cosby. As a big fan of the show myself, the piece is extremely good, and touches on some interesting tidbits we ought to keep in mind regarding the show. 
3. America's Generosity - According to recent reports, Americans donated over $390 Billion to charity in 2016. In the face of all the negativity we see in the news each day, it's refreshing to hear of such generosity in our nation. 
3 Down
1. United States Sailors - Such a tragedy to hear of the U.S. Sailors found dead upon a ship that collided with another off the shores of Japan. After being missing, the bodies were found earlie…

Turning Thirty-Two

Today, I turn thirty-two. There is just something odd about this age - like twenty-three was, or twenty-eight was, you know, the mile markers in between the rest stops - that just doesn't carry the super significance as 21 and 30 did. Although, at this stage of life, there are many mile markers, and those celebratory rest stops are much, much fewer in between. 
Though, it wasn't too long ago I passed a big one - thirty! And if you remember, I loved becoming AND being thirty. To be honest, I enjoyed being thirty-one, and really, thirty-two already seems kick-ass. Call me crazy, my thirties have been VERY enjoyable. 
But as I turn thirty-two, there isn't much significance in the number, but truly, it's about the changes in myself. Thirty was just two years away, and I am already better than that version of myself. This year marked ten years since I've graduated from college (Things I Would tell My college Self), and I am a much better version of myself compared to t…

The Pondering 10 - All-Time Favorite Championship Belts

With the WWE finally moving on from the ridiculousness that was the appearance of the WWE championship (Really, they kept a spinning title for eight years), and of course the unveiling the look of the title, it got the wheels turning on the best looks for championship belts. From pro wrestling, boxing (although, don't expect to see any on this list as they are usually ugly), and mixed martial arts, there are plenty of different models, types, and appearances that come with them. The following Pondering 10 list is my favorite all-time championship belts.