Holy Geez! What happened while I was gone?

By: Joe Auriemma

To say that I went off the grid for a little bit is an understatement. On June 12th, I got married to my lovely wife Kelly. I’m quickly learning to say things like that in the early stages of married life. However, the week leading up to the wedding and then the honeymoon thereafter has made me lose touch with the team that I not only have been covering for the last eight seasons, but watched faithfully since I was a little boy.

wang_blog_062409.jpgBefore I left, the Yankees again got swept by the Red Sox but were still in decent shape in the division — even after the Fenway massacre. I would try and get some sports updates in Aruba, but I was lost. It wasn’t until I came home and watched the team lose to Atlanta 4-0 and saw Chien-Ming Wang fall to 0-6 on the season that I realized how much trouble the Yankees could be in soon. The Red Sox are now five games up in the division, the Yankees still have not beaten them, and they are losing series to the Nationals and the Marlins. No offense to the Nationals and Marlins, but the Yankees that were rolling along in May wouldn’t have had that much trouble with any team.

Are the Red Sox still in their head? Will the offense start to show up again? How long are they going to go with Wang continuing to lose and not give them length in his starts? What happened to that powerhouse that we all saw in May winning day in and day out?

arod_062409_blog.jpgOver the last 13 games, since the beginning of the Sox series, the Yankees are 4-9 and the offense has sputtered. They are averaging four runs per game while hitting .240, and have hit one home run per contest over this span. To make things worse, A-Rod’s batting average is now down to .207. The previous 29 games before this 4-9 stretch, the Yankees were 21-8.  Over that time the Yankees were hitting .279, scoring 5.8 runs per game and hitting 1.8 home runs per contest. The numbers speak for themselves.

This team is at a crossroads right now and it could start spiraling out of control sooner than later. I still think this team is good enough to compete for a championship, but they need to start answering some of the questions surrounding them and move on.

Well I’ve finally given in and I have my own Twitter account. You can follow me at https://twitter.com/JoeAuriemmaNYY. I’ll update it as much as possible, but I’m still on my Facebook kick. I’ll catch you next time.

6 Comments

Everyone wants to harp on A-Rod’s average and many give him nothing but a hard time about it. However as a fan of his, I am more concerned about his physical health. I heard that he may be playing in pain. If that is true, he needs to sit down, maybe two times a week rather than one, until he gets better. I just don’t see how he can get better if he keeps struggling. I know if he sits that people will then criticize him for being paid a lot of money and sitting. But what the hell. Folks are going to complain about him no matter what he does. His long-term health is much more important.

Congrats on getting married! Here’s to a long and happy marriage! (19 years and counting here!)

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I can’t even stomach them right now. They took 4 steps forward and 11 steps backward.

Here’s a great tip for marriage..speaking from a wife’s point of view of course…

Treat your wife like a throughbred and she won’t act like a nag.

hahaha thank you for the tip…I’m two weeks into marriage, I’ve been with her for 9 years and I’m still learning new things about married life.

In May this team did take 4 steps forward and this month has been a disaster. Hopefully the offense can get going again! Last night’s win is a good start.

I have read a few of the articles on your website now, and I really like your style of blogging

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