As a survivor of the Great Fold of 2004, I’ll freely admit that I went into tonight’s Yankees-Angels game with one thought.
Don’t do this to me again.
The good news:
They didn’t. The New York Yankees defeated the Anaheim Los Angeles California Angels four games to two in the 2009 American League Championship Series, thereby advancing to the World’s Serious (as the inimitable Ring Lardner called it) versus the Philadelphia Phillies.
The bad news:
The Yankees are never going to beat the Phils playing the way they did in the ALCS.
Their flaws included – but were not limited to – boneheaded managing, boneheaded pitch selection by their hurlers, boneheaded pitch selection by their hitters, and boneheaded base running.
But by far their biggest flaw: They failed to heed the timeless admonition of the inimitable James Malone before a gunfight in The Untouchables:
And put your man down. Because he’ll do the same to you. Shoot to kill. …
The Yankees never convincingly put the Angels down. They let the Halos hang around far too long, and at times the Bombers looked like they were playing scared.
Toughen up, guys. The World’s Serious is serious.