One of the finest football coaches of all time, Vince Lombardi once said, “Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.”
Just think about how many times the heavily favored team gets defeated by the less talented underdogs.
- 2011 MLB World Series
- 1980 USA Men’s Ice Hockey Team
- 2004 ALCS (sorry but had to mention it.)
During the skipper’s kickoff to Spring Training press conference, when pressed about the many concerns surrounding his 2013 club, the Girardi professed, “This team could win 95 games and get to the World Series.”
Since Girardi’s sweet declaration, the sports media has had a field day about how preposterous a statement this was.
And it is hard to disagree with that remark, as the Yankees are certainly not the favorites heading into the 2013 season.
The disheartening about this is that the Yankees had plenty of opportunities to assure themselves as the favorites in the AL East this off-season, but ownership didn’t budge.
Like Girardi, I have encountered many Yankee fans who truly believe this is championship caliber team that win the division without a hitch. These fans have written countless comments on LadyLovesPinstripes.com. I keep telling them not to get their hopes up but as my Dad used to say, denial just ain’t a river in Egypt.
The problem with this train of thought is you are ignoring one huge, and undeniable fact.
That other teams got better, while the Yankees got just a bit worse.
So even though there could not be more truth behind Lombardi’s quote, I am not confident enough to apply it to this year’s Yankees.
Admittedly, for just a spilt second I did envision the Yankees winning it all this season. And it felt really good.
Didn’t the Baltimore Ravens just win a Super Bowl XLVII for Ray Lewis?
So why couldn’t the Yankees do the same for Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Ichiro Suzuki, and Hiroki Kuroda?
Maybe because Lewis was one old man on a team, while the Yankees are a team of old men.
So winning 95 games would be nothing short of a miracle, as I predict that number to be more around 85 at season’s end.
What are your thoughts?
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