By now, the world knows that the New York Yankees lost Thursday night against the underdog Detroit Tigers.
And Hall contributor Bo Rosny thinks he knows why
...Joe Girardi has the wrong attitude.
Seriously, why keep sending Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher out there and leave Eric Chavez and Andruw Jones rotting on the bench?
Has he forgotten 1996 when Joe Torre had the stones to bench Tino Martinez and future Hall of Famer Wade Boggs in favor of Charlie Hayes and Cecil "Prince's Dad" Fielder?
Unfortunately, this is probably the end of the Yankees' amazing 16 year run. They're more likely to lose 90 then win 90 next year.
And you can bet the Red Sox won't collapse again.
Plus...they're just getting old. Age is the biggest factor, and the biggest reason why the Yankees just seemed tired in the playoffs. Derek Jeter and A-Rod are toast, and are locked into multi-year contracts.
Mark Teixeira is far from the superstar he once was, and Curtis Granderson is not going to have a career year every year.
The pitching, outside of Mariano Rivera and possibly 2007 American League Cy Young Award winner C.C. Sabathia, is extremely suspect. Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon did a nice impression of Aaron Small and Shawn Chacon in 2005...but remember how long they lasted in 2006?
The free agent market looks very thin, so there doesn't look to be a way to buy a championship like they did in 2009.
Sorry Yankees fans...it's back to rooting for an ordinary team for you.
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