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
Adam S
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP 19 June 2017: Bipartisan baseball: Dems best GOP, give trophy to wounded Scalise
(1029 - 11:45am, Jun 25)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogBlue Jays closer Roberto Osuna dealing with anxiety issue
(9 - 11:32am, Jun 25)
Last: Leroy Kincaid

NewsblogColumn | Freddie Freeman Shouldn't Play 3B To Accommodate Adams
(26 - 11:28am, Jun 25)
Last: Rickey! No. You move.

NewsblogOT - March 2017 NBA thread
(7188 - 11:26am, Jun 25)
Last: JC in DC

NewsblogKenley Jansen vs Craig Kimbrel as top reliever | MLB.com
(5 - 11:11am, Jun 25)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

NewsblogDetroit Tigers release struggling closer Francisco Rodriguez
(19 - 10:52am, Jun 25)
Last: RMc and the Respective Punishments

NewsblogYankees designate Chris Carter for assignment, call up Tyler Austin from Triple-A
(12 - 10:22am, Jun 25)
Last: RMc and the Respective Punishments

NewsblogBeyond the Box Score: On the lack of interest in Albert Pujols’s 600 HR and Adrián Beltré’s pursuit of 3,000 hits
(98 - 9:06am, Jun 25)
Last: DanG

NewsblogRecounting the many ways baseball has changed in 20 years
(68 - 8:56am, Jun 25)
Last: Lassus

NewsblogAbsence makes OMNICHATTER grow fonder, for June 24, 2017
(46 - 2:02am, Jun 25)
Last: Jesus Frankenstein

NewsblogDodgers' Julio Urias to have shoulder surgery; he's out for the season
(18 - 1:35am, Jun 25)
Last: Joyful Calculus Instructor

NewsblogSABR 47 - NYC
(13 - 11:57pm, Jun 24)
Last: AJMcCringleberry

NewsblogRoyals sign former Brewers closer Neftalí Feliz and drop Chris Young
(3 - 10:00pm, Jun 24)
Last: Davoice of Dapeople

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 6-24-17
(2 - 9:18pm, Jun 24)
Last: salvomania

NewsblogAnalytics haven’t ruined baseball, but that doesn’t mean they won’t
(16 - 8:58pm, Jun 24)
Last: Joyful Calculus Instructor

Page rendered in 0.1277 seconds
47 querie(s) executed