Wow, how the times can change. Looking back from last season to now, the Yankees are a completely different ball-club.
With the post season so closely in their grips, their hard work and team spirit generates a vibe that is not fake but just inspirational.
Here are three possible motivators for the 2008 Yankees to vanish completely.
1. “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” – Dr. Seuss
No one cans deny that Teixeira is a phenomenal player as well as a person. He brings the quintessential example of what a great athlete should be. Every other team who missed this switch-hitting, first baseman is banging their heads against the wall.
The big man is a big asset. Sabathia has been dominant, going deep into games and winning. He also likes to hang out off the field. Spending $60k on tickets to the Cavs playoff game for any teammate who wanted to go is just a kind gesture.
Some question Burnett’s ability for good reason but his pie face plants for the player who hits for a walk-off brings some fun. And the Yankees have Steinbrenner laws, whose rules are strict in comparison. The new tradition is making the Yankees work be essentially fun.
2. “The will to win is not nearly as important as the will to prepare to win.” – Dr. Seuss
Lingering memories of 2008 were on the mind of all Yankee fans when the season started. The Yankees looked like a maybe threat at the all-star break to turning into the ultimate threat since than.
In 2008 the Yanks were in third place in the AL East; nine games behind the leading Tampa Bay Rays. Yanks snagging the Wild Card being seven plus games back never happened in 2008 and the team did not have the fight of this year club.
The mental game this season keeps getting stronger and players pick up for a struggling peer. One key difference is that the players cheer for one another; they are each other’s biggest fans!
3. “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.” – Dr. Seuss
This organization is making good decisions. Easy reason is the team is winning.
Joe G. is prepared and he respects his position. Regardless of his mannerisms, which he gets criticized for, you have to respect a man just by watching how hard he works. Torre was a father-like and Girardi is more of an equal. Girardi was the first one to jump to break up Posada’s fight and even took a punch. He is fair, and everyone gets the sake treatment, even the Captain.
Not making some ridiculous move before trade and waiver wires expired was the confidence it showed to the team.
Whatever is going on all the players are putting up exceptional stats and to watch our beloved Captain has a career year is just wonderful to see.