this week the MLB Playoffs continue. The Twins may or may not still be in the hunt, but the topic this week is why we hate the New York Yankees so much.
I consulted with one of the smartest people I know and they reported that they think it is a hate/envy situation. We dislike them so much, not only because they seem to have our number, and have for a long time. We are envious because we know their ownership will go out every year and get the players they need to be in the chase for a world title. Yeah, I know they are the best team money can buy, but the fact remains that if we are going to compete, we have to do the same thing.
Their big addition this year was Edwin Encarnacion, who played for the Indians for a while, then got shipped out to Seattle and eventually found his way to the Yankees. In game one, of course, he had three hits and led them to the victory.
They will always do this. Our ownership will have to step up and get us the pitching we need to stay in there. We have the position players, but everybody in the world knew our pitching staff was not good enough to win the title this season. If we are willing to settle for winning the division regular season title, then we sit still and do nothing. If we want to go to the next level, we have to do what everybody else does.
The other part of the equation is that their fans know they will be good almost every year. They get behind them and can be described as “rabid.” We also have super-fans, and they were instrumental in our success this season. Sometimes, they are willing to settle as well, and we can’t do that. We have to pressure ownership to do what they have to do to keep us a major contender. They can’t be willing to settle either. The onus is on them in the off-season to spend some money and get us some major pitching help.
That all being said, I hope we are playing the fifth game this week with a chance to advance. Yeah, I know I probably don’t like them because they win all the time, but maybe we all need to be a little more like the Yankees and their organization. After all, as they say, “Nice guys finish last.” We can’t be nice all the time. It just doesn’t work.