Some things just aren’t meant to be. A World Series in the Bronx in 2013 is one of those things.
After all that’s been endured by the New York Yankees this season, for example, the past few games against the Boston Red Sox, now might be the right time to say that it just wasn’t meant to be for the Yanks in 2013.
The signs have been right in front of our faces all season long, but for some reason, we all wanted to ignore the fact that the Yankees might miss the playoffs for the second time since 1994.
When the team failed to resign key players this offseason, such as Russell Martin, Eric Chavez and Raul Ibanez, we still believed that this the Yanks would have a fighting chance. But then the injuries came into play.
Coming off a disastrous postseason, Alex Rodriguez was found to have a partial tear in his hip, having to undergo surgery that would keep him out until July – although that would be the least of his problems this season.
But it was OK, because the Yankees had signed Kevin Youkilis to a one-year deal to fill in for A-Rod. The signs of doom didn’t really start until the Bombers gathered in Tampa, Florida for the start of spring training.
Injuries included Mark Teixeira and his wrist problems, Curtis Granderson and the broken bones he suffered, and Derek Jeter hit the DL about 50 times. Not to mention David Phelps, Andy Pettitte, Joba Chamberlain, Jayson Nix, Travis Hafner, Eduardo Nunez, Francisco Cervelli, Ivan Nova, David Robertson; the list goes on with players that have touched the DL this season.
The injury to those three players isn’t even scratching the surface of what the Yankees had to deal with in 2013. It seemed like there was a new injury every day. Left and right, up and down, every bone and muscle in the body of the Yankees’ was damaged at some point this season.
I’ve learned so much about injuries this season. Combine that with what I’ve learned in the past, and I’m now technically considered a doctor in some countries!
The Yankees teased us early, and surprised most of the league when they stood atop of the AL East standings in early May. running on mostly good pitching and timely hitting, and maybe a little bit of luck. They made us think they could actually contend for all 162 games for about a month and a half.
Seemingly all at once, everything fell apart. While the pitching continued to chug around, runs became harder to come by than a starting job for Tim Tebow. For nearly two months, this team was becoming increasingly harder to watch. Just when you thought they might have enough, they proved otherwise.
Eventually, Jeter came back (then left again, then came back again, then left again), then finally came back again – and A-Rod joined the team – albeit to a circus around him for several weeks – and the team acquired Alfonso Soriano, who would end up being a big reason for the offensive turnaround.
The Yankees began to turn things around in late August, once again lifting the hopes of Yankees fans, making them believe that there was something to look forward to with this team after all.
Entering Thursday’s series opener against the Red Sox, the Yankees were coming off a sweep of the Chicago White Sox, and had been playing great baseball, trailing the Tampa Bay Rays by a mere 2.5 games in the Wild Card standings.
Coming as close as you could possibly be to winning on Thursday (one strike away, two outs in the ninth with Mariano Rivera on the mound), then losing a five-run lead in the seventh inning Friday night, the magic just seems to be running out for the Yankees.
Of course, still just a few games out with a couple weeks left to play, I’m not saying that the season is completely finished. But still, with the way things have been going lately, it’s hard to imagine the Yanks being able to pull this off. Again, I hate to say this, but this just isn’t the Yankees’ year.
Gavin Ewbank is a Yankees columnist for Rant Sports. You can follow @GavinEwbank2013 on Twitter for lots more Yanks talk.