At least someone’s outwardly mad! We’re sick of that onus falling on the fan base, which is then ridiculed for being “spoiled” because they’re rightfully mad their $5 billion team can’t defy very, very reasonable odds to advance in the playoffs.
In the sixth inning of the AL Wild Card Game against the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees found some life after going down 3-0. Anthony Rizzo cranked a solo homer to make it 3-1. Then Aaron Judge reached on an infield single.
Next up? Giancarlo Stanton, who’d already hit the top of the Green Monster in the first inning. Well, let’s do it all over again!
Stanton cranked one to left-center and did the same exact thing. The ball shot back into play in center field. Judge was trucking it around the bases in an attempt to score.
But an ill-advised send by third base coach Phil Nevin and two perfect relay throws later, and Judge was out by a mile. At the very least, it allowed Stanton to advance to second base. But the damage was done. Instead of first and third with one out, it was runner on second with two outs.
Stanton knew it, and he responded in an appropriate (but NSFW) manner when he saw it all unfold.
Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton was not happy when Aaron Judge was thrown out.
If you had watched the Yankees all year, you knew that was the moment the game truly ended. If your pessimism runs deeper than that, then the game ended in the first inning when Gerrit Cole failed to get Rafael Devers out after getting ahead 1-2 in the count and then promptly surrendered a two-run homer to Xander Bogaerts.
But that deflation in the sixth inning was the true beginning of the slow, inevitable burn that was another inexcusable, heartbreaking Yankees loss. Stanton’s “f–k” epitomized it.
Giancarlo Stanton first inning single: 345 ft (again, HR in 0 ballparks)
Giancarlo Stanton sixth inning single: 400 ft (HR in 11 ballparks)
Giancarlo Stanton ninth inning HR: 344 ft
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) October 6, 2021
In that inning, the Yankees managed to get Nathan Eovaldi removed from the game after his five sterling innings. He looked untouchable, then it all came crashing down. They had finally gotten to the league-average bullpen, which gave them a much more favorable shot at turning everything around.
Five feet short of a home run. Two flawless relay throws conducted in haste as the entire defense was turned around watching Stanton’s rocket shoot off the monster like a pinball. Judge out by a mile. The Fenway crowd back in it. The hapless Joey Gallo as the late hope with two outs and a runner in scoring position.
Pop out to third base. This game ended in the top of the sixth.