“We’re back to being the Yankees again. Last year, we weren’t the Yankees.”
Regardless if you agree or not, it is tough to knock a guy who has an attitude of positive expectation.
Following an injury-riddled season, Tex’s confidence in his ability to produce is almost a necessity even if it sounds a tad preliminary in my opinion.
His words made me pause, bringing back some haunting memories from this time last season.
If you recall, the 2013 Yankees roster read a lot different at the start of Spring Training then it did on Opening Day. As key players, like Tex, got hit with serious injuries and the Yankees were not ready for it.
And Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez were all reporting to Tampa at this time last season too, so it is hard to understand Tex’s sentiments when looking at the bigger picture.
No doubt the Yankees front office did what they could to mend things by signing the biggest free agent names available during the off-season, but still have left a lot to chance.
That is why I hope fans are taking Tex’s statement with a grain of salt, as the potential for another messy season is still there.
The Yankees front office knew the problems from last season, but did not change their plan to account for any potential blows.
As the bottom line is filling one hole, while digging another is not exactly a formula that achieves improvement.
And let’s face it; the Yankees will never be considered back until the Yankees are playing baseball in October again.
So, while I urge and applaud Tex’s confidence, I found his declaration a bit premature to utter so soon.
“Today is a new beginning, a chance to turn your failures into achievements & your sorrows into so goods. No room for excuses.” - Joel Brown