Overheard on CNN.com: Will the New York Yankees lose intentionally?
By losing their next two games, the New York Yankees could help keep their rival out of the 2011 MLB playoffs
September 27th, 2011
03:48 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Will the New York Yankees lose intentionally?

Comment of the day:

“The Red Sox don’t need any help from Girardi...” –20

Playing Red Sox spoiler

The Boston Red Sox (a team facing one of the worst collapses in baseball history if they fail to make the playoffs) are tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for the American League wild card berth. And Boston's fabled foes, the New York Yankees, could play spoiler by taking a dive in their two remaining games against the Rays. But would they lose on purpose?

A Sports Illustrated.com network site, Fan Nation, addressed the “Truth and Rumor” of whether the Yankees would intentionally let Tampa Bay win to help seal the Red Sox’s fate.

Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said, "My first objective is to make sure our team is ready and healthy to go on Friday (in the first game of the playoffs). That's what we have to do. It's a tough situation." Seems Girardi thinks the Yankees  - who have already qualified for the postseason with the best record in the American League - aren't obliged to throw their best weapons against anyone.

Comments from readers mainly suggested it didn’t matter what the New York Yankees did, since the Red Sox have been struggling all on their own.

Mongo Alex said, “All the Sox would have had to do was just play .500 ball this month and this subject would be meaningless. If the Sox don't make it, you can't blame anyone else but them.”

Sgt. Schultz said, “Why wouldn't you want to play the Red Sox right now?”

Lastchoice responded, “Umm the Yankees would not see the sux in the playoffs. Two teams in the same division can not play each other in the ALDS. Assuming the sux don't beat the Tigers or Rangers. It is better to have a good team like the Rays wear down the team you might face in the ALCS than a push over like the sux. Also it is always fun to see the Red Sux lose and the fans freak out especially after all the crap they talked at the start of the season.”

clemtheslowson said, “It's a NY thing to do.”

jnorman41 said, “Does it really matter. Whatever the Yankees are doing, they have earned the right to do it.”

Bronx_Pride said, “Please. They just took 2 of 3 from the Sux. If Boston can not handle their own business then they should only have themselves to blame.”

Yogi-Zen said, “Everybody who follows this game KNOWS that you have to get your pitching staff ready for the playoffs. Otherwise it'll be a quick post season and that's all that we're doing. We still have our regulars in there. Boston knew we were going to have to do this. They've had numerous chances to break out of a horrible September and haven't yet managed to do so.”

ToofarawayfromBoston said, “It would be very funny if the NYY do intentionally tank to the Rays and then lose to them later in the PS.”

Lastchoice said, “Looks like all those games the sox lost at the start of the season matter after all. How about all of those chants of ‘just the start of the season’ or ‘just one game?’ Turns out digging a big hole for yourself at the start of the season is not good.”

50yearfan said, “The Red Sox had no problem with the Yankees playing second string players Sunday night. If they do not make it, it is all on them and they know it.”

Turk said, “It is an interesting issue – dumping a game in order to enhance their chance of winning the World Series. If NY thinks Tampa will be tougher to beat in the ALCS, they should beat Tampa now. If they feel Boston is the bigger threat, they should lose these games to Tampa. It has been done before in many sports. Several years ago the Cowboys lost to a weak Saints team as their choices for the playoffs was to go to Lambeau or Carolina. By losing they chose Carolina. In the NHL, the Bruins dropped a late season game to get a weak Carolina team in the first round.”

Protesting Wall Street continues

Driven by social media, protests to draw attention to the power of Wall Street firms in the United States and world economies will continue for an 11th straight day in lower Manhattan Tuesday. A total of 100 people have been arrested and some protesters are accusing police of using excessive force.

So what do CNN.com readers think of the protest? Most are in favor of it, while others said the protesters are oversimplifying.

Namaste12 said, “I totally agree with the message of the protesters. I am absolutely sick of Fox News, the propaganda by the Republican Party that tries to sell elitist policies to a gullible public, most of whom are far from rich or in the upper tax brackets. I'm sick to death of outright greed being paraded as some kind of virtue. I'm sick of universal health care being put down while people go into deep debt for health issues or can't even get basic needs met. As a former teacher, I'm tired of our children, schools, and teachers never getting enough funding.

I'm tired of the wealthy whining about possibly having to pay more taxes, when all of their wealth was skimmed off the backs of low payed workers. Shame.”

JamesRaynor said, “These protesters are complaining that ‘democracy is hijacked through wealth inequality.’ That is an ignorant statement. While it is tragic and unfortunate that division of wealth is increasing, you can't label the rich as the culprit. That is not fair. It is the nature of capitalism that rewards people based on how much their service is worth. And capitalism is the best system to generate prosperity.”

lolz0rz said, “One of my business professors in college warned us that we don't have nearly as much to fear from the government as we do big business. When asked 'why' he replied that the American people have the Bill of Rights to contain the actions of government, but there is NOTHING to protect us from corporate multinationals. It was a short 12 years ago, but it turns out he was as right as rain.”

USA401 said, “There’s Capitalism then there’s companies maneuvering themselves to get as much money from consumers as possible. Companies need to be regulated because people are not honest and have a long history of screwing US Citizens.”

borikenIibre said, “Wake up people and revolt! There is no American dream and you don't own your government. It is owned by greedy corporations who have bought and paid for all the senators, congressmen, judges, and President of the U.S. You are all nothing but consumer commodities who have been given the illusion of having a representative government. The only American dream is the one where you have to be asleep to believe it.”

Ranxerox said, “It was the Democrats who pushed for ‘everyone gets a house’ and made banks take risky loans. That’s a fact.”

JennyC34 responded, “They didn't ‘make the banks take risky loans.’ They allowed the banks to finance 80/20 loans and screw people by making the 80 percent a floating interest that usually ends up at 24 percent. Sketchy and unfair business practices are one of the issues that have led us here.”

1invsblehand responded, “Republicans and Democrats are, for the most part, owned. Often by the same interests.”

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. RUFFNUTT ( PEOPLE FOR FREE AIR ON MARS & MUNTANT RIGHTS ACTIVIST )

    i hate the yankees... at least we'll always have 1985.. go royals!!!

    September 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Squid

    Red Sox will make the playoffs and once in, it's a whole new season.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dio44

      Not this year they won't. Grats on the epic Sept meltdown Sox fans

      September 29, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      They did a great job with that.

      September 29, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Anomic Office Drone

    I would actually kind of like to see them keep someone out by losing out of spite, but overall I think that's a bad thing in any sport.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jon

    I once had aspirations of training for the pros. Baseball is no longer a fun sport to watch, thanks to the politics and steroid use. None of this matters to me anymore. If everyone was allowed steroids, then there would be a level playing field. MLB gets none of NY support – I turned off cable because baseball was the only thing I used it for. I'm done with the bread and circus – there's enough entertainment with an American revolution under way.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mario

    So I guess the Yankees taking 3 out of 4 (including an unexpected sweep of a doubleheader) from the Rays last week while the Sox floundered wasn't enough for Sox fans? Girardi has already been more true to the integrity of the game than most people would have been. What do you want us to do - come over and win the games for you?

    At this point it's time for the Yankees to setup their rotation / bullpen and give some banged up players some rest for a series that begins Friday. If the Red Sox had clinched the division last week they would be doing the same thing - just like any other team in MLB. Perhaps they should have tried playing .500 ball in September and not squandering away a 9 game lead and they wouldn't be in this position.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Annie

      Thanks Mario ... I couldn't have said it any better.

      September 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. blah blah

    Oh, gee, another year where the Yankees will probably yake it all. I'm shocked.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bill collins

    yankees lose intentionally ! ?
    a very stupid rumor and a very stupid question !
    not good for the integrity of baseball !

    September 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Adam

    After watching them blow a seven run lead, I don't feel you can think any differently.

    September 29, 2011 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. Patti

    Of course they did! The Yankees fans are delusional to think anything else! But it's bad karma....and hopefully their bad karma will haunt them for years. The team is getting a little old. Just sayin'

    September 29, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |