The 2023 New York Yankees. Delete this team from history. They can't even win correctly. They can't even get a full two weeks of playing time out of their top prospect who's been a sliver of hope in a horribly lost season.
Prior to the start of Sunday's series finale against the Brewers, Jasson Dominguez was a late scratch with elbow inflammation. Fans knew that wasn't going result in any good news, but they also didn't think they'd later be getting the worst news possible.
Not too long after the Yankees' excruciating win to avoid the sweep (we'll get to that in a minute), Dominguez was diagnosed with a torn UCL. He won't play again this season and he could very will miss time in 2024 depending upon how he recovers from the likely surgery he'll need.
Again, we must ask, is this the worst stretch of bad injury luck ever or are the Yankees the new worst organization in the sport? Nobody can walk through those doors without multiple stints on the injured list in a given calendar year except for Gerrit Cole. Turns out, though, Dominguez didn't report discomfort when it initially surfaced.
The typical recovery time for position players after undergoing Tommy John surgery is 9-10 months, and you'd have to expect the Yankees will be extra careful with the future of their organization.
Yankees' insane Sunday gets worse with devastating Jasson Dominguez news
How does this keep happening? With everyone? And how did the Yankees make us feel even worse with a win on Sunday?
The worthless 13-inning marathon featured a 4-3 triumph for the Yanks, possibly under the most excruciating circumstances you could imagine.
Gerrit Cole threw seven scoreless innings. The lineup was no-hit through 10.1 innings before Oswaldo Cabrera notched the first base knock. They didn't score a run until the 11th. When they went down by two and we wanted them to just put us out of our misery, Giancarlo Stanton extended the afternoon with a clutch game-tying two-run home run, only for us to incessantly stress watching them try to get out of the top half of the 13th.
But they did it. And then after a couple of frustrating at-bats, it was Kyle Higashioka putting us out of our misery with a walk-off RBI double.
We wish it was fun. We wish this was a positive post-gamer wondering how their playoff chances are looking with an all-important upcoming series against the Red Sox.
But when you drop three in a row because of either terrible pitching or a sleepwalking offense, and then finally record a win after dragging your fanbase through a gauntlet, it's not a reason to celebrate. We had our fun for nine days. It's now over. We got nothin' else for ya.