Originally posted on Lady At The Bat  |  Last updated 9/16/13
This weekend could not have gone worse for the Yankees. That's not hyperbole. It's the simple truth. After they'd fought so hard to win 3 of 4 against the Baltimore Orioles and jumped both Baltimore and Cleveland in the Wild Card race, the Yankees went into Fenway Park and got swept. The pitching was the culprit in all three games, sinking the Yankee offense into holes that turned out to be just too much. By the time the Yankees were done playing the Sunday Night ESPN game, they were 1.0 game back of Cleveland, 0.5 games back of Baltimore and just 0.5 games ahead of Kansas City (tied in the all important loss column). This was the exact opposite of what they needed to do to make these last 10 games meaningful. To add insult to injury, before the game, Boston called themselves honoring Mariano Rivera in what would be his last regular season game in Fenway Park.  They had a quartet play Rivera's entry music, "Enter Sandman" by Metallica, and gave him four gifts, the first three being
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