Yeah, they've had trouble finding an ace, now they have one or possibly two.
Trouble finding an ace? Randy Johnson, Mike Mussina, Roger Clemens, Andy Petitte, Chien Meng Wang, hell, even Kevin Brown would like to have a word with you. Seriously, didn't they have a year in there somewhere when they had all these guys in the rotation at the same time?
And don't say they were all old and useless. They all are now (except maybe Johnson, but he's a freak), but they weren't when the Yankees had them.
In the meantime, amidst all of this alleged choking, NY has won more playoff series than anyone else this decade.
I'm not going to get into a debate as to whether a decade starts with the 0 numbered year or the 1 numbered year (ie 1970 or 1971). I know people who see it both ways. Counting 2000 the Yankees have won ten series. Not counting it they have won seven. The Red Sox have won eight. Count it one way and they do, the other way and they don't.
I'm pretty sure they've lost more playoff series than anyone else this decade as well, by the way. Although it could be the Angels.
But its not really relevant either way. Just because the recent pattern of Yankee choking didn't start right when they dropped the ball at the millenium, does not mean its not there. It is, and it started with Rivera blowing the save against the Diamondbacks. Or the absence of the real character core players who were gone shortly thereafter, leaving Rivera by himself with a bunch of narcissistic pricks. This actually might be why national broadcasters like McCarver have ball washed Jeter so much the last ten years- its just been so hard to find anything positive to say about anybody else on that team a lot of the time.
Whatever the reason, ever since then, the Yankees, no matter how powerful and unbeatable everyone thinks they are, have eventually choked year in and year out.