The New York Yankees are falling faster than Kirstie Alley's weight during Dancing With the Stars. For their fans, their rapid descent invokes painful memories of 1965, a year in which the Bronx Bombers turned into duds.
But '65 was a dream compared to '66. They were ten games out by May 3rd this time. They finished 26 1/2 back. It was their worst year since 1925, the year of the Babe's bellyache.
Pepitone (35 homers) and Tresh (27) did all right but that was about it. Mantle went 23, 56, .288. Howard rebounded to just .256. Maris rose to 13 home runs and .233. The once mighty pitchers had seen better days. Ford was 2-5. Bouton was 3-8. Downing was 10-11 and poor Mel Stottlemyre, who had won 20 in '65 thanks to a whole bunch of double plays in '65, now lost 20.
By '94 they still hadn't improved, winning just 70. They recovered nicely from those painful seasons. And they certainly recovered in 1926. Maybe they'll do it again. But for now, the Yanks have won just six of their last eighteen games while Boston and Tampa Bay are absolutely tearing the league apart, these are indeed painful times. Just like the summer of '65.