Phil Hughes pitched seven shutout innings, Marcus Thames and Nick Swisher homered and the Yankees beat the Twins 6-1 Saturday night to complete yet another three-game sweep of Minnesota and return to the AL championship series. Once again, New York Yankees 6 and Minnesota Twins-1. Take a look at this video and you’ll see the reason behind the Header’s obvious sarcasm: (Be patient, it takes a minute to load)
I watched it live as it happened and thought how utterly bizarre ~ the players are walking off the field, chatting to each other, an occasional smile and wave to the crowd. In the first few scenes some of the managers are immediately walking down the steps to the clubhouse. I envision white tablecloths set out with tea and crumpets being served. Okay, so I think the Yankees are spoiled. Or maybe they’ve just won so many times they expect to win again. No big deal. Well, you know what? This is a big deal! Four more wins and they’ve won the Pennant. And another four wins they win the World Series! Ye Gods man! This is serious business! I searched for some photos of individual players and found the same thing. Might as well been wearing their Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes and bowing to the crowds. I’m
pretty darn sure of one thing though. If the tables were turned and this were the Minnesota Twins with a 6-1 win over the Yankees, or over anyone as far as that goes, at the end of the game, when that last out was made, there would have been 25 Twins out on that field acting like a bunch of 10 year olds and caps would have been flying all over the place. And I would have been cheering right along with them. It’s not that I’m unhappy the Yankees won. It’s just that a little enthusiasm would have been nice, you know? Kinda of like it might have been a surprise to them too and then trying to engage the crowd into their little celebration would have been really, really nice!
Okay, I’ll be honest, there’s another way you can look at this. Could it be those dang Yankees were so sure they were going to win, it didn’t even cross their minds they should look and act like complete fools to pretend they were ecstatic about
something they knew was going to happen anyway. And could it be this is the way “professionals” are supposed to act? I’m just saying, no one’s had more experience at being winners than the New York Yankees. Perhaps that’s the way it’s supposed to be. Tea and crumpets anyone?
- The New York Yankees once again dominated the Minnesota Twins in a series that lacked drama (sports.espn.go.com)
- Yankees sweep Twins, return to ALCS (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
- Yankees advance to AL Championship Series (reuters.com)