Wednesday, October 15, 2008

And so it continues for Don Mattingly

What is it about Don Mattingly?

Seriously will this guy ever ever EVER participate in a World Series?

The Yankees made the World Series 4 times between 1976 and 1981.
Don Mattingly came up to the bigs in 1982 and they went on the biggest World Series drought since before Babe Ruth arrived.

They had the best team in the AL when the 1994 strike killed the post season.
In 1995, the Yankees lost a gut wrenching Division Series with the Mariners.

The Yankees didn't bring him back for the 1996 season.
They win the World Series right away... they win 4 World Series between 1996 and 2000. They win two more Pennants in 2001 and 2003.

Mattingly returned to the team in 2004 as a coach and was on the bench for the greatest face plant in post season history.
I don't recall against whom.

The Yankees couldn't make it out of the Division Series in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
And now the Dodgers couldn't win the 2008 Pennant.

Seriously I wonder what Mattingly must think about guys like David Eckstein, Craig Counsell and Mike Timlin who won World Series on multiple teams... or guys like Clay Bellinger who gets multiple rings riding the bench.

But man... even this Red Sox fan is starting to feel bad for Mattingly!


  1. Anonymous1:12 PM

    Admit it - you love the Yankees

  2. I feel bad for Terry Pendleton... not as bad as Mattingly, but TP's Cards lost the 1985 and 1987 WS, his Braves lost the 1991 and '92 WS, and then he was a Marlin when ATL finally won it in 1995.

    They brought him back in 1996 but they blew a 2-0 series lead vs. NYY, with TP grounding into a big double play on a low Jimmy Key 3-1 pitch in Game 6.

    Pendleton never won a WS. Shame.