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That “Yankees lack killer instinct” stuff? Eh, not so much.

Oct 12, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT

Killer whale

That Bob Klapisch “the Yankees lack killer instinct” article from this morning? The one which he cited the Yankees’ abysmal record in 2011 when trailing after seven or eight innings as evidence for said lack of killer instinct?

Yeah, IIATMS pretty much debunks that.

Quick: does anyone know if the Yankees ate chicken and biscuits in the clubhouse? Because that, my friends, is the stuff of real late season failure.

  1. easports82 - Oct 12, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Nope, no chicken and biscuits. Just popcorn while staring at Minotaur murals.

    • Old Gator - Oct 13, 2011 at 11:08 AM

      Bah. Not only did they eat chicken and biscuits, but they strangled the chickens with their own hands. The biscuits were easier: you just take them by the tail and whack them against the edge of the buffet table, the way you’d stun a mouse before throwing it to your ball python.

  2. Jason @ IIATMS - Oct 12, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Thanks, Craig. Much appreciated.

  3. bigharold - Oct 12, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    They had the best record in the AL but lacked killer instinct. Yesh that makes sense in “.. I can’t think about anything for my editor so let just pull something out of my arse..” sort of way.

    I see a Pulitzer coming someboddies way.

    • Old Gator - Oct 13, 2011 at 11:11 AM

      The last Pulitzer that remotely interested me was the one they gave Thomas Pynchon for Gravity’s Raibow in 1974 – sort of.

  4. jdd428 - Oct 12, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Klapisch most follow the adage: never let the facts spoil a good story.

    Or in his case, a mediocre-at-best column.

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 12, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    NOT SO SECRET FORMULA:

    1. Write something negative about the Yankees after something bad happens
    2. Wait for the website hits to roll in
    3. Exchange ‘Attaboys’ with co-workers

  6. cur68 - Oct 12, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Hmmmm, the article was written for self service shock & awe, eh? Wouldnta guessed….

  7. Brian Donohue - Oct 12, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Yanx need some killer instinct? Hey kids — new movement, over here!!! #OYS (Occupy Yankee Stadium). March starts after brunch Saturday.

  8. jimbo1949 - Oct 12, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    Well the Yankees did have 15 “walk off” wins during the 2009 season, plus 2 more in the post season. Don’t know if they were trailing in the 7th or not.

    Not quite the MLB record however. That’s held by the ’43 Yankees, who also won the WS.

    Not very many “walk off” wins this past season, but their 97 win total was good enough to lead the AL.

  9. micker716 - Oct 12, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    So “Old Media” sucks and now we can prove it. Shocking,

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