Here's a round up of reactions from last night's loss from the NY print media:
The Dead Bat Society was supposed to be extinct. Adding Johnny Damon to the incumbent muscle in the Yankee lineup was designed to avoid the Yankees' bats going limp.
Well, four games into the season, that is officially off to a poor beginning The DBS has reared its ugly head.
When the inevitable questions about last October came at him yesterday, Joe Torre said, "Every season is new" and he was perfectly right - but that doesn't mean that last night still didn't feel ominously old to the Yankees.
For the Yankees, it was another dismal night at Angel Stadium, where they were eliminated in the division series last year. The Angels celebrated their success last season by raising their 2005 West division championship flag before the game.
Wouldn't it be nice if the Yankees could fast forward to their home opener and simply pretend this West Coast trip was an extension of spring training?
Unfortunately for George Steinbrenner, this is a reality. The 2006 season has certainly not started anywhere close to how the Yankees may have envisioned it, and the latest example of their struggles happened on Friday night in a 4-1 loss to the Angels.