For an all-too-uncomfortable portion of the 2021 season, the New York Yankees found themselves sitting in fourth place in the AL East. And even if they were above that mark, they were widely considered the fourth-best team in the division anyway. You saw it, we saw it. It was miserable.
But, if there’s one thing you can live by, it’s that it can always be worse. For as torturous as the Yankees’ 2021 season was, they still won 92 games and made the playoffs. If that’s your “bad,” think about how many other fan bases would gladly live with that.
The book is shut on 2021. Yankees fans never want to hear about it again, especially with how glorious 2022 has been so far. But the Chicago White Sox are drawing an interesting parallel to last year’s Yankees team, which should actually have New York fans appreciating the Bombers’ elevated misery.
The White Sox are firmly entrenched in what’s arguably the worst division in baseball and came into the season as one of the favorites to represent the American League in the World Series.
Chicago is 59 games into their season and are 28-31 with a losing record at home. They’ve been in the news for all the wrong reasons despite a star-studded roster, and it seems things aren’t far off from fully blowing up.
Don’t believe us? Here’s Lance Lynn from Monday night in his first start of the season after being on the shelf with a knee injury.
The White Sox are such a laughingstock they make the 2021 Yankees look OK
Yup, that’s a way to reintroduce yourself to a wildly struggling roster! Way to go! That’s far from the end of the circus, too.
Over the weekend, the fans finally decided they had enough of Tony La Russa … as if his decision to walk Trea Turner on a 1-2 count last week wasn’t enough. Blowing a series in epic fashion to the Rangers did the trick.
Let’s continue our tour. Prior to the Josh Donaldson-Tim Anderson incident, many viewed the White Sox shortstop as a cocky loudmouth who craved attention and didn’t really do himself any favors. That point of view, however, took a backseat when he was inappropriately disrespected by Donaldson, and rightfully so.
But now we’re back at square one because Anderson has gotten himself into some hot water on social media. Just do us a favor and list off all the players you know who find themselves in this kind of controversy at any point in their careers.
And how about that White Sox offseason? They had so many needs and decided to plug them with Josh Harrison (bad), Johnny Cueto and Vince Velasquez (not championship moves), and a guy who got caught masturbating in public in 2020!
The best thing La Russa has done all season was reference Reese McGuire’s “stroke” a couple weeks ago. *Chef’s kiss*
McGuire’s “stroke” is far from a viable solution to back up Yasmani Grandal’s non-existent bat (.185 average, .531 OPS).
And lastly, let’s talk regression. The Yankees dealt with so much of that in 2021 to the point where it cost them a home Wild Card Game. Fans complained endlessly about Gleyber Torres because of his steep fall, but there are few players worse than Yoan Moncada in all of MLB right now.
The centerpiece of the Chris Sale trade with the Red Sox is hitting .137 with a .399 OPS and 14 OPS+. 14! He missed the first month of the season due to an injury, but he has just one multi-hit game and has struck out SIX times more than he’s walked. That’s 26 games of some of the worst baseball you’ve ever seen, without exaggeration.
Time to turn it around? Sure. But we also thought the same thing about the 2021 Yankees. And it wasn’t nearly this bad. Moral of the story? Be thankful, folks. It’s never truly as agonizing as you think.