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New York Media Responds to Nats Loss

Cheney: Nats :: Coughlin: Yanks. (By Jim McIsaac - Getty)

Yesterday morning, the New York papers described a potential loss to the Nationals as "virtually inexcusable" and "embarrassing" and a "humiliation." Then the Yankees lost to the Nationals. Although, owing to the strong performance by New York kid John Lannan, the low score, the distraction of rain at a golf tournament, and several deep breaths, they stopped short of lighting themselves on fire out of protest this morning. Today's response:

Newsday: "It's possible that Wednesday, under this very byline, the idea was floated that the Yankees losing even one game to the awful Nationals would be virtually inexcusable. Well, now that the Yankees have indeed fallen to Washington, I'd like to amend that statement: It's a little more excusable if the Yankees, like the protagonist in an "ABC Afterschool Special," learn a lesson. And last night, the Yankees learned that Chien-Ming Wang isn't a lost cause, after all.

With the Yankees' 3-2 loss to the Nationals and Long Beach native John Lannan at Yankee Stadium, Wang's record dropped to 0-5. But that's more of a tribute to Lannan, the Chaminade High School product, than a condemnation of Wang."

New York Daily News: "Chien-Ming Wang did his job tonight. I know that won't be a popular thing to say to Yankees fans right now as they deal with the humiliation of losing a game to the Nationals, but it's true....Sweeping a team isn't easy. Washington had won 16 games this season before tonight, beating teams like the Phillies, Mets, Cardinals, Dodgers and Giants. Losing one game isn't a big deal, but losing the series today would be."

New York Post: "The newest father among the Yankees pitched just well enough last night to keep his job -- but just badly enough to get handed a loss against the woeful Washington Nationals."

New York Times:
"[Wang] was not overpowering against the woeful Washington Nationals, but he was not disastrous, either. Wang grew fatigued and lasted only five innings as the Nationals defeated the Yankees, 3-2, at Yankee Stadium. As wretched as the Nationals have been, this sort of middling start from Wang would have been overlooked in the past."

NJ Star-Ledger:
"Are these the real Washington Nationals? One night after being forced to rally from behind in the late innings just to beat the seemingly hapless Nationals, the Yankees again found themselves trailing the major leagues' worst team late in the game at Yankee Stadium. This time, though, the Comeback Kings couldn't come all the way back. They staged a rally in the ninth inning, but it wasn't big enough, and left them a run short in a stunning 3-2 loss to the sorry Washington Generals -- er, Nationals....Any loss to the Nationals is a killer."

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 18, 2009; 1:14 PM ET
Categories:  MLB , Media , Nats  
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Lowly, woeful, hapless, awful. Any other adjectives I missed?

Posted by: ramgut | June 18, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

The rain would probably have snuffed out the protest fires, anyway. Stupid rain.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 18, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

You can suck on that and like it

Posted by: Kev29 | June 18, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Wow, a Washington Generals comparision. How clever, nobody's thought of that yet!

Posted by: mike8 | June 18, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Whoever said yesterday that all these newspapers were jinxing the Yankees, congrats. Great prediction.

Now if only all of our starters could pitch into the ninth, that would give our bullpen less time to screw up and give the game away. I like that formula.

Posted by: MeatSweats | June 18, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Hey Big Apple, how you like them apples?!?!

Posted by: Barno1 | June 18, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

New York and media...

the two should not be combined.

Posted by: sitruc | June 18, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I think they are still bitter fro the series here at RFK with the walks offs by Zimmerman.

Posted by: kdjsgreen | June 18, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

wow, there's a lot of rationalizing going on in New York!

Posted by: RedBirdie | June 18, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I look forward to reading the NY papers reaction to the series loss tomorrow. Thanks so much for the bulletin board material, fellas.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 18, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

At least they have the Mets...


The O's?

You can't be serious.

Everybody is watching the US Open anyways.

Posted by: sitruc | June 19, 2009 2:01 AM | Report abuse

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