Look what people have to say about Larry Mahnken's commentary!
"Larry, can you be any more of a Yankee apologist?.... Just look past your Yankee myopia and try some objectivity." - Bernal Diaz
"Mr. Mahnken is enlightened." - cordially, as always,
"Wow, Larry. You've produced 25% of the comments on this thread and
said nothing meaningful. That's impressive, even for you." - Anonymous
"After reading all your postings and daily weblog...I believe you have truly become the Phil Pepe of this generation. Now this is not necessarily a good thing." - Repoz
"you blog sucks, it reeds as it was written by the queer son of mike lupica and roids clemens. i could write a better column by letting a monkey fuk a typewriter. i dont need no 181 million dollar team to write a blog fukkk the spankeees" - yan
"i think his followers have a different sexual preference than most men" - bob
"Boring and predictable." - No Guru No Method
"Are you the biggest idiot ever?" - Randal
"I'm not qualified to write for online media, let alone mainstream
media." - Larry Mahnken
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September 1, 2004
Nightmare Scenario by Larry Mahnken
What do you say about a 22-0 loss?
Well, you can say it counts the same as a 1-0 loss. You can say it's less frustrating than a 22-21 loss. Um, nobody died.
Not much else positive to say.
You can say that while Boston's win cuts the division lead down to 3½, it keeps the lead for a playoff berth at 6 games, and that matters more. And hey, they are still in first place. It's not like they've fallen out of contention, they're the leaders.
But it's impossible to deny that this is bad, that this is forboding. It's tough to face this, that's why George Steinbrenner refused comment, and Derek Jeter ran off before the reporters came in. What do you say about a 22-0 loss?
All the Yankees can do is come out to win tomorrow, and win.
Last season, after the Yankees got no-hit by the Astros, they immediately turned around and won five straight and 18 of 20. After letting the Red Sox gain 6 games in 17 days and get within 1½ games, they went 17-5 down the stretch and tacked 4½ games onto the final standings. Even horrible, humiliating losses and terrible stretches can be come back from. The sky hasn't fallen.