I used to think the Dallas Cowboys Cowgirls were the most sensitive team in sports. No more…
Via NY Daily News
DETROIT — In the end, it looked and felt a lot like six years ago, when an eerily similar form of Alex Rodriguez drama seemed to drain the energy and focus out of a Yankee team against these same Tigers, with an eerily similar result in an October elimination game.
But back then there was a simpler solution going forward: just convince A-Rod to stop fretting so much over the fact that Derek Jeter didn’t want to be his friend.
Obviously it’s much more complicated now. A-Rod doesn’t have another MVP year in him, as he did when he bounced back in 2007, no matter how much work someone does on his psyche.
And this complete no-show by the Yankees these last couple of days, including Thursday’s 8-1 loss to the Tigers that completed the four-game sweep in this ALCS, couldn’t simply have been about Rodriguez.
If anything, it showed a rather startling team-wide lack of mental toughness. You can blame some of that on the loss of Derek Jeter to a broken ankle in Game 1, but that’s no excuse for the complete lack of fight with the season on the line.
And while A-Rod blamed two weeks of postseason futility at the plate, saying it “sucked the energy out of us,” another player privately made a far more indicting observation: that the ballclub was affected by the hostility from the fans at Yankee Stadium last weekend.
“I really think the booing spooked a lot of guys,” the player said. “A lot of guys hadn’t been booed before, and they couldn’t believe how nasty it got in the stands.”
Obviously Nick Swisher admitted to being sensitive to such treatment after Game 2, but the player said Swisher was far from alone in his reaction.