Are the New York Yankees playing good baseball?
Yes, but is it too premature into the 2013 season to judge?
Maybe but aren’t the Yankees making it darn hard not feel confident about this team right now?
Here are three reasons why this makeshift team is one I am really starting to fall in like with.
1) The Replacements.
Surviving sans Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira, who are all still on the DL did not seem possible. But boy was I wrong, as I am starting to fall in love with their replacements. Vernon Wells, Kevin Youkilis, Lyle Overbay, Travis Hafner and Brennan Boesch have come to New York to play. Maybe it is a vengeance, as minus Youkilis the other three were other team’s cast-offs. And doesn’t the greatest kind of motivation come when you have something to prove?
The reigning World Champions SF Giants should know there are some new misfits and cast-offs in baseball, and they play in the Bronx.
2) Captain, Who?
Yankees Universe is surviving without the Captain, as Derek Jeter has been a complete no-show. Understandably, everyone knows the Captain’s surgically repaired ankle has not mended, and he is rehabbing down in Tampa, FL, but I have seen all the other injured players at the ballpark. Granderson, Teixeira and A-Rod have all been visibly present to cheer on their teammates in the dugout. Tex went on the last road trip with the team; A-Rod attended the Yankees annual Homecoming Dinner to sign autographs for fans, and Granderson took a bunch of NYC public school kids to see the Jackie Robinson movie 42 this past Monday when the team had a scheduled off day.
I am not questioning Jeter’s rehabbing efforts, but I am shocked that he has not even attended a game. Jeter did not even come up to New York to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day, and he is half African-American.
Point is the team is not only surviving without Jeter, they are thriving without him. And this is a luxury that the Yankees did not have over the past few seasons, as it was Captain or bust.
3) Don’t ya know…Robbie Cano?
Second baseman Robinson Cano has always been a great player, but something is different this year, his ninth in the majors. Cano has always been just a hair short of a one-man wrecking machine, but not anymore. Cano is radiating a new confidence that I have never seen from him in the past, and he was already a superstar without it.
What is the best way for me to describe Cano’s newly found swagger to you?
Easily, his name is Miguel Cabrera, and he plays for the Detroit Tigers. If you don’t know who he is, you are not a baseball fan. It is that simple.
Mark my words; the 2013 AL MVP will be Robinson Cano, so you might want to get yourself some Yankees tickets to see him.
And the Yankees won again…
The Bronx Bombers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks last night 5-2, in the first of a three game set in the Bronx. The Yankees have won six of their last seven game.