That’s why it stings even more when you can see the meme-ing coming from nine months away.
Fans understand why we’ve been subject to such treatment. When you usher in 2020 with a bang by signing the most prominent ace on the market, only to watch the season get sliced into thirds by a pandemic and end in disaster, then somehow still be way better than 2021, you’ve earned all the playoff-based scorn that comes to you.
At the end of every tough loss and at the center of all the dysfunction, there’s always Aaron Boone, grunting his way through postgame press conferences, pinch-hitting Mike Ford in the biggest at-bat of the ALDS, and generally standing in as an empty uniform for legions of people who grew up fearful of the Yankees, but are now realizing they’re fairly far off the tracks.
That’s why it was a bummer to see an all-new Boone Meme trending on Tuesday, a snippet from some sort of 2022 hype video/message to season ticket holders (?) even though the campaign’s been halted by the MLB lockout.
We don’t know what this is — it appears to be part of some sort of video for NYC Mayor Eric Adams? But we know we’re gonna know what it is when the Yanks are down 3-1 in the ALCS to Tampa (or, even worse, home on Oct. 5).
Why did Yankees manager Aaron Boone give his haters meme fuel?
This … is where we are with the Yankees now. Watching videos of their manager/leadership saying they’re going to fight and compete, wondering, “When am I going to see 10,000 Jared Carrabis clones circulating this in my mentions? After Cole’s latest stinker at Fenway, or after Chad Green accidentally throws a Francisco Lindor bunt over the right-center field wall?”
In theory, we should be able to look inward and realize we’re blessed to compete every year, which is clearly all upper management is trying to do.
In practice, due to either injuries or stunning regression, the Yankees haven’t hit their ceiling once since 2017, and they also haven’t tried to reinforce their depth or top-end talent correctly since the Cole signing was finalized.
Look. Even Yankee fans are out here trolling themselves.
If the Yankees walk away from the lockout with Carlos Correa and Matt Olson, maybe we won’t see this shot of Boone standing in front of the Signature Wall, with Carlos Beltran’s name visible over his left shoulder, circulated everywhere.
For now, though, it’s time to prepare for another long winter of getting owned.