Yankee fans… welcome to what the rest of baseball deals with

So what is the real impact of the Yankees losing Mariano Rivera?
I’m sure the Sabermetrics people who talk about how easy it is to replace 50 innings and that losing a starting pitcher or an every day player would be much worse than losing Rivera.

And David Robertson could very well turn out to be a pretty good closer. You know, 35-40 saves and a sub 3.00 ERA and some blown saves along the way.

But here is what Yankee fans need to get used to.
The 9th inning isn’t automatic anymore. Robertson is a good pitcher, but he doesn’t strike fear in anyone’s heart more than any other saves compiler.

The days of teams tightening up in the 8th inning because they know they have no chance in the 9th? That ended on the warning track in Kansas City.

EVERY other team has had to deal with this since 1996. The Yankees haven’t. Sure there were an exception for a season or two elsewhere.

Eric Gagne had that great 2003. Brad Lidge had the perfect 2008. Keith Foulke was amazing in 2004. Trevor Hoffman and Billy Wagner had a few dominating seasons.

But eventually they broke down.
Year in and year out, the Yankees and their fans never dealt with this.

Robertson had one shaky save yesterday and blew the save tonight.
He’ll save a few and blow a few.

You know, like “Non Rivera” closers tend to pitch.

Brace yourself, Yankee fans.
And welcome to the club.

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Maybe this Red Sox season could get worse…

The Red Sox lost a game where they had the lead in the 8th last night.
They were playing the Royals, the third worst team in baseball.

Tonight they fell behind the Royals 3-0. It’s just a one run KC lead now, but doesn’t it feel like something awful is going to happen?

I think it says a lot about how numb I am to the awfulness of the 2012 Red Sox that I didn’t even bother writing a blog post about the Red Sox 8th inning meltdown last night.

And it wasn’t like I wasn’t blogging last night!

I blogged about the Pirates/Nationals game, the Rangers/Orioles game and the Blue Jays/A’s game. Not exactly the teams that bring high reader volume to the ole blog.

Yet they had more meaning to me than the team that wears Red Sox uniforms.

If they lose tonight (and so far they are losing tonight) then they will be 12-18.
That’s bad.
And it will be mid May starting tomorrow.
It’s early, but what part of this Red Sox team makes you think “Hey! They will turn it around”?

The pitching stinks, the bats are inconsistent and Josh Beckett is causing controversy by playing golf.

I’m numb.

Are you?

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