Well, today is the day, Yankee fans. The big fat excuse that we've all been using for the miserable play of our beloved team will be gone when Alex Rodriguez returns to the lineup tonight.
It's a pretty big hole they've dug for themselves. 20-24, dead last in the East, 6.5 games out of first and 5.5 games out of the Wild Card. The good news: The real competition for the Wild Card, Cleveland and Detroit, have also struggled mightily. The Rays, O's and ChiSox will fade, the smoke will wear off for the A's and the mirrors will break for the Twins. I'll be absolutely shocked if the Yankees, Sox, Indians and Tigers aren't fighting for three playoff spots come September.
Then again, the problems we've seen from this team certainly seem larger than one missing bat, even a $300M+ bat. Alex, it's time for you to earn your money.