Just read Bill Simmons’ mailbag today and had to respond to something he pointed out regarding the Yankees. Red Socks fans are notorious for pointing out Yankee faults because in the end a Yankee loss is more important than a Red Socks win. Either way, here is what Simmons said:
The only relevant news about the Yankees is that, since 2000, the following things have happened:
1. They’re 25-31 in the past seven postseasons.
2. They lost seven different playoff games that could have finished off opponents.
3. They’ve had the highest payroll for every season — including 2007 — and yet, with their playoff lives on the line, they had to throw out Chien-Ming Wang on three days rest.
4. Not one, not two, but three different teams have ended Yankee seasons on Yankee soil.
I will respond in order I suppose:
1. The Yankees may be 25-31 in the past seven postseasons, but they are also the ONLY TEAM IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL to make the playoffs in each of those seven seasons (and in fact, have made the playoffs 13 years in a row).
2. Not even sure what this point is referring to. Is that seven games where the Yankees could have eliminated their opponents? Is that winning a game and then losing it? Not sure here, not worth looking into it any further.
3. Chien-Ming Wang has more wins over the past two seasons than any other pitcher in baseball.
4. Three teams have ended the Yankees season in New York since 2001…which is one fewer times than the Red Socks failing to make the playoffs in that same time frame.