The first five games of the 2015 season has not gone according to plan. The Yankees lead the league in errors (8 errors), they have an atrocious team batting average (.193) and they’ve made multiple mental errors on the basepaths (*looking at you Jacoby Ellsbury, Didi Gregorius and Brett Gardner*). But here’s something that might make you feel a little better–it’s April 12th. We’re only a week into the season. The World Series doesn’t begin tomorrow and we’re nowhere near the halfway point to give this team a better assessment.
Do you know why the fans shouldn’t panic? Because Alex Rodriguez said so.
“It’s not time to panic,” Rodriguez said after the Yankees fell to the Boston Red Sox by a score of 8-4 on Saturday afternoon. “I think the team showed a lot of grit (Friday), a lot of character. Guys never gave up and came back (Saturday) ready to play. And that’s something to build on.”
The Yankees have seen this scenario before: In 1998, the Yankees were 1-4 and it didn’t take long for Joe Torre to hold an open (and loud) meeting with his team. The 1998 Yankees later went on to win the World Series and had the most wins during a single season (counting the postseason) in Franchise history.
Another instance where a team fell behind in the beginning of the year and and eventually catapulted their way into the postseason: The Oakland Athletics in 2002. If you’ve seen the movie Moneyball or read the book Moneyball: The Art Of Winning an Unfair Game, Billy Beane believed in an economical method to ..read more