Very few pundits expected the New York Yankees to contend this season. And yet, they shocked everyone by returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2012. Their stay was to be short-lived, though. They were eliminated by the Houston Astros in the AL Wild Card Game on Tuesday night.
On Tuesday night, Yankee Stadium wasn’t a preferred destination for lifelong fans of the iconic ball club. The loud boos were almost deafening and could be heard screeching through television sets. The boos started during the 8th then continued into the 9th. Yet the Yankees weren’t going to muster any offense against six strong innings from Dallas Keuchel, followed by three no-hit innings from three relievers.
The crowd went as far as directing a portion of those boos to select players such as Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury and Alex Rodriguez, who shockingly claimed to have not heard the boos – which is simply unfathomable, given the intensity of the boos. “Honestly, I didn’t hear any boos,” said Rodriguez with a comeback year ending with a 0-for-4. “I was just trying to get on base, a walk, a base hit, slap the ball to right field. I didn’t hear anything, I didn’t see anything, overall I can say to the fans, ‘Thank you.’”
“We made the playoffs, but we didn’t make any noise once we got there,” Gardner admitted.
As has been the trend for a few seasons, the Yankees head into the offseason with plenty of unanswered questions.