Best Yankee (2008)

Mike "Moose" Mussina

At the end of the 2007 season, Mike Moose Mussina was so bad that the Yanks yanked him from the starting rotation in the middle of a pennant run. Giving up more than five runs a game, those werent Moooooooose!s that greeted Mussina for most of the season. But in 08, the same guy that the Yankee faithful wanted to run out of town on a rail the year before turned things around, winning 20 games and lowering his ERA by a run and a half. Meanwhile, though Derek Jeter still has his boyish smile, he swung his bat like the 34-year-old that he is. A-Rod put up his usual big numbers but, as is customary, choked when it countedi.e., with men in scoring position. The Giambino needs to get back on the juice. All season long, Robinson Cano looked like the guy who stayed too late in the clubs the night before. The Melkman didnt deliver and got sent down. Injuries cut into the season of an aging but resurgent Johnny Damon, and on and on. Joba Chamberlain had his moments, but injuries and shifting him from the bullpen to starter to the bullpen meant Joba didnt rule. In the end, like the other seven seasons since Moose put on the pinstripes, even Mussinas career year couldnt save the Yankees from a humiliating season.


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