Welcome to the All-Star Break
The All-Star Break came with some blunt words from Andy Pettitte following the Yankees’ 4-1 loss to the Blue Jays up at the Rogers Centre:
“If we want to make the playoffs, we have to be better,” Pettitte said.
“We stink right now, for the most part. As a team, we’ve kind of stunk
it up here lately, and we need to play better.”
The Yankees limp into the break at 50-45, five games over .500 but six games behind and closer to last place in the American League East than they are to first place. The Boston Red Sox have overtaken first place with a 57-40 record and second place belongs to the Tampa Bay Rays, who despite their recent struggles are 55-39, a half game out of first.
Yesterday at the first day of All-Star festivities, Brian Cashman was surrounded by reporters near the batting cage at Yankee Stadium and spoke about how there are some farewell events planned for the Stadium’s final days. He said that if the Major League team could straighten their act out, some of the celebrations could stretch into October. Very soon, the Yankees are going to need to figure out if that’s realistic. Once again, their string of consecutive playoff appearances is in serious jeopardy.
This is the first day of All-Star festivities where the players will be present. There’s a big kickoff press conference in Manhattan at 11 a.m. ET, and the Home Run Derby gets underway out at the Stadium tonight at 8 p.m. ET.