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I'll also bet that if you look at the pre-season BTF predictions, few people here thought that the Yanks were going to win the World Series.
I would say they did slightly better than they should have been expected to.
Running their lowest payroll in years and with a pitching staff patched together from chop shop parts, the conventional wisdom was they were a minor contender. At the start of the year, ESPN polled 50 “experts,” and just three had New York winning the World Series....The Yankees had a season that, except for the reputations involved, had a lot more in common with Baltimore’s, or Oakland’s: They made it far, they came up short, they left some great memories.
They kind of didn't show up for the playoffs, which is disappointing.
Would that outcome be easier for Yankee fans, losing a well-fought close series instead of advancing to a butt-whuppin?
I think the Yankees were greatly aided by the implosion of the Jays and the Red Sox. They had a good year but the AL wasn't very good, the AL East was nowhere near as good as it has been and they shouldn't be over-confident going into the offseason. They had good results, but Yankee fans, I think, weren't fooled into thinking this was a quality team.
I look forward to the day in which every team finishes 82-80!
Given the parity, and relative to expectations, should any team be all that disappointed?
I'm sorry, I have this impolite aversion to thinking about the team that went out and got the other manager.
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