The 2011 season of the Yankees ended when A-Rod stuck out to end Game 5 of the ALDS match-up between New York and Detroit. Yankee Stadium and its biggest crowd so far fell silent. New York goes home and highest paid line-up goes home again with a disappointing playoff result.
Here are interesting statistics of the Series and the Game:
1. +11 - The New York Yankees actually outscored Detroit 28-17 in the series. It simply means that you have to win those games to go deep in October. A 10 run rout is just as good as a 1-0 squeaker.
2. 3 HRs. The number of home runs of Delmon Young in the series to enter the record books of the Tigers. He now owns the record of having the most home runs for the Tigers in a playoff series. Who would have thought that Minnesota would just give this guy to a divisional rival.
3. 11 - The Yankees left 11 players on base in this game. Those are big missed chances. They never capitalized several bases loaded situations. They got one from it but it was because of a walk and not a hit.
4. 2nd - This is the second consecutive year that the Yankees season ended while Alex Rodriguez is at the plate. No wonder he is getting booed.
$202 Million did not result a win for the Yankees. It is sad but MLB's most valuable franchise will most likely go for the biggest free agents of the season. They will likely target some of the best arms available.
Here are the Salaries based in Usatoday of the playoff teams (parenthesis denotes MLB Rank):
NewYork - $202 Million (1)
Philadelphia - $172 Million (2)
Detroit - $105 Million (10)
St. Louis - $105 Million (11)
Texas - $92 Million (13)
Milwaukee - $87 Million (17)
Arizona - $53 Million (25)
Tampa Bay - $41 (29)
The Yankees spent 5 times the Rays and yet both of them went to vacation in the first week of October. No wonder, Yankee are so disappointed when their team losses in the playoffs.
I was never a big Yankee fan although I fell for those Yankee fanatics. The Yankees loss makes the Big Red nation breath a sigh of relief. I wonder what changes will be coming in New York. The old guards are aging. Posada, Rivera, Jeter, and A-Rod are not in their primes anymore. I am sure some big changes will be coming. It is not of my concern though. For now, I got to enjoy October and see how far the Tigers can go? Will the Phillies be like the Yankees? Will the $53 Million Dbacks go far? Will Texas get redemption? Will the Cards and Pujols make another run? Will Milwaukee end their drought?
Bye, bye New York Yankees! Hello Tigers, Rangers, et. al
I wonder what will ESPN will take about now??? ;)