The Yankees had had two brutal losses as the big three choked in the worse way possible, and The Rangers finished the season under .500 and out of the playoffs and their coach was fired. It was a bad weekend.
Alain Vigneault had to have felt the heat. After the Rangers were embarrassed in their regular season finale in Philadelphia, Vigneault supposedly gave a post-game speech about how good of a job the coaching staff had done for the team, and how it was one of the organization’s strongest assets moving forward. Vigneault was fired only hours after the 5-0 loss. That speech was the last thing he did as a member of the Ranger coaching staff. As much as their disappointing season was on the players, it was also on the coach, who in the five years he spent on Broadway he never did end up finding a single thing to blame himself for. That’s why he deserved to get the hook.
Vigneault presided over two of the most exciting years of Rangers hockey since the 90’s, and for that Ranger fans should be thankful. In 4 of his 5 years here, the Rangers were a solid playoff team, a really Stanly Cup contender, then this year…Thud.
During his time here, Vigneault displayed an inability to consistently nurture young talent. In the salary cap constrained NHL world, getting contributions from young players with small salaries is paramount. He failed to do that. Same as his time in Vancouver. Good Luck Alain, your gonna need it.
The Yankees, hmmm. You can’t lose 3 of 4 to the Orioles, now matter how many games into the season. Injuries, an underachieving bullpen and almost nothing from two of the three superstars have the Bombers (who didn’t hit a bomb yesterday) at 5-5, and heading to Boston.
Yesterday was a Very Bad Loss. A Very Bad Loss that started out very well, actually. The Yankees turned a 5-0 first inning lead into an 8-7 loss in 12 innings against the Orioles. They were up 5-0 and they knocked Baltimore’s starter out in the first inning, yet somehow they were still out-pitched and out-hit. A well-deserved loss, this was.
Then there is Giancarlo Stanton who is in such in a bad place right now. He went 0-for-7 with five strikeouts in this game and 3-for-28 (.107) with 16 strikeouts on the homestand. With one swing, Giancarlo could have won over the boo birds. His last strike out ended yesterday’s game. He even saw the O's intentionally walk Aaron Judge to get to him on Sunday. Bad, bad.
Lets hope he doesn’t turn into another Bobby Bonilla, who was so freaked out over getting booed as a highly paid Mets free agent that he resorted to using earplugs and never came close to living up to expectations. Let's hope.
Yes. It was a bad weekend.
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