"I think it's very simple: We've been devastated by injuries. No team I've ever seen in baseball has been decimated like this. It would kill any team. Imagine the Red Sox without [Josh] Beckett and [Jon] Lester. Pitching is 70 percent of the game. Wang won 19 games two straight years. Chamberlain became the most dominating pitcher in baseball. You can't lose two guys like that.
"It's not making excuses. It's reality."
"I'm not writing off this season. They're trying hard to win. There's only so much you can do. They're not supermen."
I don't like what Hank said when I first read it. Why? Plain and simple. It sounds like the owner of team already gave up. After thinking it for a day, my reaction is different even though I still don't like it.
It's always difficult for people to accept when others tell you the truth. Our Taiwanese believe, people need to learn how to face and accept reality in order to make themselves better. I have two mottoes. First one is "Never give up". Second one is "Accept the thing you can't change; Change the thing you can't accept".
Hank points out the reality. The reality is always harsh. What is the reality? Yankees get killed by injury this season without a doubt. You may say every team has their own shares when Red Sox and Rays lost their star players as well. But, Yankees not only lost Jeter, A-Rod, Damon, Posada and Matsui for different period of time but also lost Wang, Joba, Hughes, Kennedy, and Bruney. Yankees is the team lost a lot of starting pitchers. Rays have their 5 starters the most of season. Red Sox have Dice-K, Lester and Wakefield the most of season as well. Even though Ponson, Giese and Rasner have done a fine job to replace Wang and Joba, there certainly is a different feeling for our hitters. Wang and Joba almost certainly can pitch better and longer than them as well. When you consider we score much less than before, one or two runs Wang and Joba save may result in a win instead of a lost.