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Yankees: Sorry I don’t believe you Joe Girardi

One of the finest football coaches of all time, Vince Lombardi once said, “Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.”

English: Joe Girardi, manager of the New York ...

English: Joe Girardi, manager of the New York Yankees. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just think about how many times the heavily favored team gets defeated by the less talented underdogs.

–        Super Bowl XLIIrecently ranked as the best Super Bowl of all time on NFL Network.

–        2011 MLB World Series

–        1980 USA Men’s Ice Hockey Team

–        2004 ALCS (sorry but had to mention it.)

The reason I am sharing the above is because for a moment it shed a new light on the recent statement made by New York Yankees skipper Joe Girardi.

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.

Craig, a co-host on my personal favorite radio show Boomer and Carton in the Morning, eluded that “someone in Yankee-ville is smoking the gange.”

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.

Now if I am wrong, I promise to eat crow while streaking down Madison Avenue naked just as the 2013 New York Yankees hoist up their 28th World Series Championship trophy come early November.

What are your thoughts?

Please voice your opinion in a comment below.

2 Comments

  1. Sam says:

    Please share with me how Tampa, Baltimore and Red Sox have improved. I don't see it.

    • Richard says:

      Last year, the Rays finished 11th in the American League in runs and 12th in OPS, and they lost center fielder B.J. Upton (28 homers, 78 RBIs) in free agency earlier this offseason. Myers might not even play this with the big club this year. They lost Shields. I predict then to finisn last in div. Longo may lead the AL in walks.

      Sox got a little better but how can they make up +20 games????? NO

      Orioles – no major additions. Can they continue to win with the same run differential as last year. Prob not.

      Toronto – All the pressure is on them

      Yanks – Gardner, Jeter, Cano, Tex, Grandy, Youck, Hafner, RF (TBD), Cervilli ( this lineup will put up some runs . Our pitching is a strength.

      In a nutshell – I am very positive. and we ain't done yet!!!!