before the real season begins.
So here it is….
Adversity is a state, condition, or instance of serious or continued difficulty or adverse fortune.
And that has been the most popular word used by players, fans and everyone when asked to describe the 2012 Yankees season, and rightly so.
“You’ve got to embrace the adversity. Otherwise, you are going to be miserable and don’t belong in this clubhouse. Adversity is to be expected when you put on the pinstripes.” – Russell Martin; New York Times – 09-08-2012.
No doubt this Yankee team had a lot of heartbreak, faced vast challenges with injuries to key players but in the end, with all 162-games needed this team battled to finish on top.
Now speaking as a fan, the 2012 season was tough too.
The ups and downs were so severe that there were times when I wanted to give up, but I kept watching the Yankees.
See when this team was good no one was better, but when they struggled it was even more distressing.
At points it became a common theme to bet on who would get hurt, or how many men would get left on base that night. And I hated this team for that, but around mid-August I learned to embrace them for it; or at least tried.
And when the team went on that downward spiral after being 10-games ahead in the division, to being tied with the newest AL East pains, the Baltimore Orioles, I saw something in this Yankees team that was different.
I got to witness a team that never backed down after literally getting slapped in the face by adversity over and over again.
Some Yankee haters I know even tipped their caps to this team for what they accomplished this season.
And that is why as a fan, I want to say thank you to the 2012 Yankees for not just winning again, but for the inspiring way they did it this time.
As the Captain admitted right after winning the AL East two nights ago:
“I don’t try to compare the years, but most definitely this was difficult. You come into the last game of the season and nobody knows what’s going on. We’ve been taking it one day at a time for quite some time, but it feels good to win.”