May 11, 2021

Yankees’ 2017 loss to Astros one of NY baseball’s big what-ifs (New York Post)

“Of all the words of tongue and pen

“The saddest are these: It might have been”

– Felix Unger, 1972

– John Greenleaf Whittier, 1856

For sports fans, the simpler lament is this: “What if?”

What-ifs dominate the conversation around water coolers, along saloon tables, in text threads. Sports fans love talking about the championships their teams have won; they live to bewail the titles that were stolen, taken or simply denied through a cruel series of incidents and accidents and plain rotten luck.

The Astros’ appearance at Yankee Stadium this week for the first time since it was revealed they were — cough, cough — aided and abetted in winning the 2017 ALCS in seven memorable games from the Yankees was merely the most recent bewilderment to befall our baseball teams. It is a fairly tortured list.

What if those ’17 games were played on the up-and-up? It is a fair and eternal question, and the best (or, depending on your perspective) worst kind of what-if: We don’t know that it would’ve played out as we suspect it would’ve played out. But good luck selling us that any of these wouldn’t have each ended somewhere…

Read “Yankees’ 2017 loss to Astros one of NY baseball’s big what-ifs” at New York Post