The Yankees have a $200 million payroll, a collection of veterans who have been there and done that, and a majority of them have won a World Series just three years ago. Despite all of that one anonymous Yankee claimed that getting booed by the fans in the Bronx unnerved them and ultimately lead to their decline.
“I really think the booing spooked a lot of guys,” the player told John Harper of the NY Daily News. “A lot of guys hadn’t been booed before, and they couldn’t believe how nasty it got in the stands.”
“A lot of guys were talking about it in the clubhouse,” he said. “I was surprised by how much it bothered them. I really don’t think they ever recovered.”
I can’t believe a Yankee said that. I can’t believe they would say something like that and not put their name to it as well. That’s certainly a bold statement and to do it anonymously is cowardly. It’s one thing to make excuses for struggling, but another thing entirely to say that these guys were so rattled by getting booed that they packed it in for the rest of the series.
I didn’t like the booing or agree with it. It’s one thing to let the team know you are frustrated, but on the scale it happened and the way it happened, where fans seemed more eager to boo than to cheer when good things happened, it was completely unnecessary. But for a player to come out and say that it affected the players so much that they couldn’t perform is like calling a player Ed Whitson — saying a player can’t hack it in the Bronx.
That anonymous player shouldn’t have said anything at all. And if he was doing it for what he felt like were the proper reasons – perhaps an attempt to motivate the player/players that he is talking about than put your name to it or do it privately. This is exactly the type of thing that fractures club houses and going into an offseason with this big a disappointing loss and one where Nick Swisher could leave as well, a fractured clubhouse may be a serious risk for these Yankees. The last thing the Yankees need now is to turn into the Boston Red Sox.