THROWING A HAIL MARY:
As defending champs heading into 2010 season, GM Brian Cashman’s solution was Javier Vazquez, again, which irritated Yankee fans to no avail, again. No need to chat about Vazquez ever, so if you don’t know trust me that it is a good thing. Just for when, click HERE but you were warned, it was sad.
Then last off-season; after Vazquez happily packed his bags and Andy Pettitte retired the situation went from a priority to desperately needed.
Cashman did all he could offering ace Cliff Lee the sun and the moon to come play in the Bronx. And thanks to some Yankee fans for spitting and taunting Mrs. Lee during the 2010 ALCS, Mr. Lee opted for Philadelphia for less money and years.
This left the Yankees stumped, but to his credit Cashman pieced together veteran tryouts in Spring Training, which gave the Yankees Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia. The two literally saved the 2011 season, surpassing all expectations by winning 20 games and throwing 300+ innings combined.
IS THE 2012 STARTING ROTATION INSANE?
So where does this leave the Yankees rotation now?
Well, sorry to break the news but extending ace CC Sabathia’s contract and getting Garcia for one more season were necessities’, not improvements.
And since no World Series ring is equated to a busted season in New York, throwing another Hail Mary and almost catching it again will be tough.
So my question is….
Wouldn’t one think the general consensus might be that repeating a 2011 campaign that ultimately failed to be a tad insane?
WHY MY ANSWER WAS YES:
A very clever man once said:
Personally, I always thought the dumbest, smart guy must have come up with that one.
As maybe the Yankees lack of a obtaining a starter might just be the sanest thing they have ever done.
Maybe instead of acting hopeless and automatic, the Yankees are finally putting their foot down and stopping, by sticking to a strategy.
That plan is to work with what they already got, and not jump to trade away what could be the team’s possible future, to add another household name.
Honestly, what Cashman has done to the farm system in such a short time is astounding.
But the one problem that remains is instead of learning from past mistakes, they are used as excuses to be compulsive and stay angry about the Yankees lack of doing anything.
That goes for the Yankee brass, players and fans…myself included.
So, instead of screaming maybe it is time to see this as ambitious, by striving for the goal with a long-term plan in mind. And if anyone knows how to win, it is the New York Yankees.
This leaves the Yankees 2012 starting rotation about as unset as ever, and I think it is time to embrace it.
Hey, just talk to me in a month and see how long this whole “kindness-thing” will actually last.
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