New York Media Responds to Nats Loss
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."
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