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It was a long night at the Stadium, and sadly, probably my last.

The Yanks lost 7-3 to the worst Red Sox lineup I've seen in the past 13 years. After Jason Bay, their lineup consisted of Jed Lowrie, Coco Crisp, Jeff Bailey and Kevin Cash. Those four batters combined to go 8/18 with 3 runs and 3 RBI. I'm sorry, but that's unacceptable. If Andy Pettitte can't work through that meager lineup and last 5 innings, there's either something wrong with him physically, or he's cooked. Your guess is as good as mine.

Here's the thing, going into this series I said a 2-1 series win for the Yanks would be enough to keep them alive. I'm kicking myself at this point, because emotionally, I'm ready throw in the towel after seeing that display on the field tonight. But I won't backtrack. Sidney Ponson will get his shot to salvage the season tomorrow night, but that's as far as I go. If they can't find a way to beat this team, as depleted as they are, this season is over.

Alex Rodriguez is officially the best player in the world, as long as the game doesn't mean something. He earned every boo he got tonight, and he got plenty. How does 0/5 with two double plays, 2 Ks and 7 men left on base grab you?

There's one more thing we need to touch on, and that's the front office's uncharacteristic behavior since the trade deadline. Take a look at this list of players:

  • Jarrod Washburn
  • Paul Byrd
  • Vincente Padilla
  • Kevin Millwood
  • Eddie Guardado
  • Chad Bradford
  • Brian Giles
  • Mark Kotsay
What do they all have in common? They all cleared waivers. Washburn and Giles were almost grabbed by teams the Yanks are chasing. Rumor has it, the Sox will get Kotsay. The Sox did get Byrd. The Twins landed Guardado, the Rays got Bradford. The Yanks could have at least blocked every single one of these moves with a roster claim. The fact that they did not tells me the Yankee front office called it a year on that disastrous West coast trip. In years past, they never would've let the Sox better themselves through waivers. Of course, in years past they also had a legit shot at making the post season. That ship could sail (at least for me) tomorrow. Apparently it's already sailed for Brian Cashman and Co. Can you blame them?

Player of The Game: Damon. 2 solo bombs and a walk.
Team Record: 70-61
Damon: Zilch
by Brian on Aug 27 2008
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