Now that the Yankees are officially out the playoffs, it's time for me to present my theory on why the Yankees failed this year. It's called the TALK TO ME IN AUGUST SYNDROME.
Throughout the year, all of us who listen to the show formerly known as Mike and the Mad Dog had to hear Mike brush away any Yankees issue with those five words, "talk to me in August." It was arrogance, yes, but what it also exhibited was the mindset that I believe not only existed in Yankees fans but Yankee players. Everyone, fans, players, believed that the Yankees had a switch that they could turn on in August. A switch that has energized them during the past several seasons and made any earlier failures insignificant. I have to believe that the way that Mike looked at the Rays and Yankees was no different than how the Yankees viewed themselves.
Starting pitching is bad... TALK TO ME IN AUGUST
No clutch hitting: TALK TO ME IN AUGUST
Joe Girardi is wound too tight: TALK TO ME IN AUGUST
Jeter's hitting into too many double plays: TALK TO ME IN AUGUST
Rivera keeps blowing tie games: TALK TO ME IN AUGUST
Every other Yankee issue: TALK TO ME IN AUGUST
And then August arrived and then August left. It actually left so quickly that the Yankees were unable to make out it's license plate. August turned to September and we looked back at the month and there was nothing to talk about in the 8th month of the year. The conversation had not changed, the Yankees never made a move, the past ills were never resolved or addressed. The switch never was turned on.
The Torre v Girardi issue definitely needs to be part of the discussion. Same team, same season, same injuries, is there a different result with the same old Joe instead the new one? I will admit I am not a fan of Girardi, i think he is wound tighter than Ferris Bueller's pal Cameron Frye. I think the way he refuses to talk about injuries is ridiculous and I simply find him less than genuine. I am not here to praise Torre either, he may have run his course. It's just a question, does the August switch go on with him wearing pinstripes?
That's my theory. The Yankees players were no different than Mike. They were arrogant and simply believed as Mike always does, that the past exists on repeat. Simply because something happened before it would happen again.
The visionaries see change. Those left behind sit snug in the past, waiting for the same and making arrogant proclamations with those same five words...
TALK TO ME IN AUGUST
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