But as this resonates within Yankees Universe, the fans I have spoken believe that sending Jeter out on top is already preordained in baseball history.
As perfect an ending that World Series Champ would be for the Captain, a lot has to go right for the Yankees this season for them to even contend.
The Rays have won 90+ games for four seasons in a row, while the Orioles continue to grow into a more legitimate pain to beat. And the Blue Jays have had everything possible go wrong for too many years that time’s about up on their bad luck.
Add Jeter’s departure to the Yankees missing the 2013 postseason and that equals an immense amount of pressure not to fail.
Am I saying that winning #28 for Jeets is impossible for the 2014 Yankees to do?
Not at all, just look at the luck the Red Sox had last season.
Every probable risk in Boston turn to gold in 2013, but isn’t that a common theme for all Championship teams?
Well, here are 7 situations that need to go right for the 2014 Yankees in order for them to win.
Not only would these things safeguard bringing needed glory back to the Bronx, but it will also trigger sending off the Captain the right way…on top.
(List is in random order)
- Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner need to stay healthy all season long.
- Michael Pineda circa 2011.
- Not only can David Robertson close games, but also his replacement proves just as solid in the 8th inning. This mystery arm has to emerge out of the current bullpen, Preston Claiborne maybe?
- Catcher Brian McCann, along with DH’s Carlos Beltron and Alfonso Soriano force the short right porch at Yankee Stadium to be nicknamed Home-Run Alley around the league by the All-Star Break.
- The most successful Japanese pitcher ever, Masahiro Tanaka proves himself and all the Kei Igawa nightmares that Yankees fans have suffered from disappear for good.
- Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter have to play consistently. Fact is the other options are not great, as an infield sans Robinson Cano needs these two to stay relevant.
- Eduardo Nunez shows he can handle the hot corner because if Brian Roberts gets hurt, Kelly Johnson moves to second and that means Nunez will be needed at third. And considering Roberts injury history, the odds of him spending time on the DL are not in his favor.