The modern New York Yankees’ annual tradition of blaming anything and everything but themselves for the team’s postseason flameouts is alive and well.
This time, according to Andy Martino’s sources? It’s the fans’ fault for not enjoying what they were seeing during Games 3 and 4 of the ALCS, two brutal home losses to cap a sweep against the overwhelming Houston Astros.
Not only was the team’s underperformance and negative vibe pinned mainly on the crowd, but Martino and a few anonymous Yankees want the stadium attendees to know that their toxicity might chase Aaron Judge out of town. Question: is that a healthy attitude?
Was it jarring to hear boos raining down on Judge (and many others) during what was supposed to manifest into a Game 3 win that flipped the series back around? Of course! But this sudden onset idea that New York is meaner than any other city and that Yankee fans bring unrealistic expectations to the gameday experience is ludicrous.
If a few “anonymous Yankees” would really like to insinuate that a small percentage of the crowd expressing their dissatisfaction with another feckless season-ending series crossed the line, then it’s probably time for a complete roster overhaul. There’s a difference between crossing a line and grunting 13 years’ of anguish towards the sky as another Houston strike three settles into the catcher’s mitt.
Anonymous Yankees think Aaron Judge was booed so hard he’ll leave for Giants … what?
Perhaps worst of all, this article insinuates toxicity in the fans’ treatment of Aaron Judge, which could not be further from the truth. The crowd has grown reverent toward Judge, who’s become a modern day Derek Jeter figure without even recording a World Series appearance.
A few postseason games worth of disbelief boos cannot, and should not, change that.
Whoever spoke to the media here, too, seems to consider booing Josh Donaldson on par with booing Judge, too. Donaldson, unlike Judge, was both bad and disruptive all year long.
Was Donaldson the anonymous source here? If so, he, too, can find a new place of work next season.
Plenty of athletes have experienced unfair treatment from their crowds over the past several decades, from Philadelphia to Boston to … well, mostly the angry East Coast cities. If hearing some scattered boos from a frustrated Yankees crowd was the breaking point for anyone on the current roster, the team might be better off without them.
In summation, the 2022 Yankees lost the ALCS because of wind in Houston, the Astros getting “lucky” with their exit velocity, start times, bad crowds, and boos during an unsightly loss. They didn’t lose because they were woefully undermanned, compared to the gold standard Astros.
Better luck next postseason run, when everything is perfect and no adversity is encountered.