As I drove home yesterday, I had my XM satellite radio tuned to the MLB network in the hopes I’d catch news about my New York Yankees. After a few minutes it became clear to me that my favorite team isn’t the only one to have issues that fans are lamenting about.
When the radio initially came on, it was right in the middle of a discussion about Albert Pujols. Talk centered around the hitter’s futility at the plate and the shifts opponents were utilizing to combat his propensity to pull the ball (sound’s alot like Mark Teixeira doesn’t it New York Yankees fans?). In addition to the lack of production at first base, the Los Angeles Angels are having major problems in their bullpen resulting – as it did yesterday – in the inability to hold onto leads. One fan called in to ask if manager Mike Scioscia would be held responsible for the team’s futility. The hosts both agreed that it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibilities, especially if the team didn’t turn things around.
The Angels are just one example of why New York Yankees fans shouldn’t feel alone when disappointed that their team hasn’t run away with the American League East. Today’s standings show that the much-heralded Detroit Tigers sit in a three-way tie atop the Central Division standings with the Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians at 10-9. Detroit was expected to have an easy go of it in their division and contend with the Texas Rangers for the American League title. Instead, their lack of consistent starting pitching beyond Justin Verlander has them sitting just a game over .500.
Then there’s the New York Yankees hated rivals – the Boston Red Sox. If I were to document all the issues that team was having, I’d more than likely bring down this website. From the owner to the manager to the rotation to the bullpen to the outfield, the team from Boston appears to be a train running out of tracks. I have to admit, as a New York Yankees fan, I’m smiling right now.
There are other teams throughout Major League Baseball with similar issues, but I realize that Yankee fans are focused on the home team. They just need to realize that the season is early and their New York Yankees aren’t the only ones not living up to expectations.