Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Saturday, September 08, 2012

WSJ: The Yankees: The Stock That (Almost) Never Crashes

One-third ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-house that George built!

As befits the most corporate team in sports, most of the years when the Yankees have been good, rooting for them down the stretch has been, as the saying goes, like rooting for U.S. Steel.

The Yankees have made a tradition of holding off all challengers in the final months. The Yankees don’t blow leads. They don’t collapse. Collapsing is for commoners.

Until now.

The Yankees this week stand on the verge of a historic collapse of the kind usually reserved for the masses. They held a 10-game lead in the American League East in mid-July. Entering Thursday, they were one game ahead of the Baltimore Orioles.

If they end up missing the playoffs, it would mark the biggest late-season collapse in Yankee history, far worse than the previous worst—a six-game lead they squandered in 1933.

Despite having been around since the early 20th century, the Yankees have almost no previous experiences with true regular-season collapses. The stock market crashes more often. In 1928, the Yankees blew a 13½-game lead, but they recovered to win the World Series. In 2004, they famously blew a three-games-to-none lead to the Boston Red Sox in the playoffs, but that was the playoffs.

Repoz Posted: September 08, 2012 at 11:00 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: yankees

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 08, 2012 at 11:26 AM (#4230138)
I don't think losing a big lead starting in early August really qualifies as a "late season" collapse.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
rr
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogDodgers Trade Prospect Jose De Leon Straight-Up to Tampa for Logan Forsythe
(10 - 3:40am, Jan 24)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogOTP 23 Jan. 2017: Theo Epstein on baseball, politics and what he may do next
(274 - 3:30am, Jan 24)
Last: Renegade (((JE)))

Newsblog2017 Top 10 second base prospects | MLB.com
(11 - 1:41am, Jan 24)
Last: Joyful Calculus Instructor

NewsblogOT - NFL stretch drive/playoffs (December 2016 - February 2017)
(805 - 11:45pm, Jan 23)
Last: Joyful Calculus Instructor

NewsblogOT - December 2016 NBA thread
(1234 - 11:14pm, Jan 23)
Last: Athletic Supporter was shiny, now he's all rusted

Hall of Merit2018 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion
(120 - 10:57pm, Jan 23)
Last: TomH

NewsblogGary Sheffield and the war on WAR - Beyond the Box Score
(80 - 10:05pm, Jan 23)
Last: Adam Starblind

NewsblogMLB community mourns deaths of Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte
(75 - 9:39pm, Jan 23)
Last: RoyalsRetro (AG#1F)

NewsblogPhillies' Maikel Franco works to improve plate approach
(3 - 8:59pm, Jan 23)
Last: Jacob

NewsblogScott Simkus plays Strat-o-Matic with Negro Leaguers for Slate
(67 - 8:50pm, Jan 23)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogMets' Jay Bruce problem: Ex-GMs weigh in on what team should do - NY Daily News
(4 - 5:24pm, Jan 23)
Last: TDF, situational idiot

NewsblogBaseball Prospectus | Prospectus Feature: Command and Control
(1 - 4:35pm, Jan 23)
Last: Walt Davis

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 2000 Ballot
(7 - 4:29pm, Jan 23)
Last: Chris Fluit

NewsblogRyan Zimmerman hits hard but needs to add lift | MLB.com
(3 - 4:09pm, Jan 23)
Last: Jacob

NewsblogdWAR Doesn't Care One Bit About Your Reputation
(28 - 3:51pm, Jan 23)
Last: cercopithecus aethiops

Page rendered in 0.2358 seconds
47 querie(s) executed