This morning, the happiest baseball fans are in Detroit and St. Louis. Baltimore fans are nearly as happy.
Once the Tigers swept the Yankees, some, but not all, of the pain of the Orioles’ five-game loss to New York was removed.
One week ago, the Yankees eliminated the Orioles behind CC Sabathia.
On Thursday, Sabathia had nothing, and the Tigers quickly solved him.
“Failure to Show” reads the headline in The New York Post.
“BOO HOO! Pathetic Yankees blame angry hometown fans for embarrassing playoff sweep,” says The New York Daily News.
According to longtime baseball writer John Harper, one Yankee said that players were upset by the booing they endured at Yankee Stadium during their loss in the second game of the ALCS.
“I really think the booing spooked a lot of guys," a player told Harper.
“A lot of guys hadn’t been booed before, and they couldn’t believe how nasty it got in the stands. A lot of guys were talking about it in the clubhouse. I was surprised by how much it bothered them. I really don’t think they ever recovered."
There were some boos during the third game of the Division Series, but to think the Yankees were unnerved by the crowd, and it carried over to Detroit seems a little far-fetched.
Because of the five-game series, the Yankees were able to throw Sabathia at the Orioles twice. He nearly threw two complete games, and he wasn’t’ available in the ALCS until Game 4.
By then, it was too late.
Orioles fans don’t seem too sorry.