So, barring a miracle, the Yankees' season is over. They're missing 4/5 of their starting rotation, and the 1/5 that is still pitching happens to be their oldest starter (Hiroki Kuroda, 39). Their offense, meanwhile, ranks in the bottom third in the majors in park- and league-adjusted performance. Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran have been huge disappointments, their starting middle infielders should be scooting around in wheelchairs, and a position loaded with league-wide talent (third base) has once again become a black hole for the Yanks.
On the bright side, I'm Nostradamus. Here's what I wrote about Tanaka back in January:
Tanaka better prepare himself for seven years of forced, sometimes insensitive Japanese jokes and puns. After a bad outing: "TANAKA SURRENDERS AFTER A-BOMB". After a strong playoff start: "TANAK-OUT PUNCH!". After an arm injury: "MASA SHAME". It should be pretty fun.
I've had a lot of fun with the New York tabloids' punny treatment of Tanaka. However, my prediction never fully came to fruition until this morning. Here's a screenshot from SportsCenter:
A big thank you to Ray Romano's Newsday for making this depressing morning a bit more bearable. Unfortunately, I don't think we'll be seeing any more Tanaka-themed back pages for quite some time.
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