Who spoke to soon?
Just about everyone did at the start of the MLB Season when the subject was the 2011 New York Yankees. Described by most, as being way to old, not being a playoff contending team and the never-ending payroll can’t buy championships was the overall theme by most baseball experts. So it was nothing new for us Yankee fans, as the negativity is what we expect and are used too.
Just as a quick refresher, here are a few pre-season quotes from around the web about the state of the Yankees heading into 2011:
“The New York Yankees? Reaching the postseason is anything but guaranteed. Age isn’t just creeping up on them — it’s an undeniable detriment: Mariano Rivera, 41; Jorge Posada, 39; Derek Jeter, 36; Alex Rodriguez, 35.” – Tony DeMarco; NBC SPORTS
“Yankees: Only question is which starting pitcher — or two — they will acquire.” – Ken Rosenthal; FOX SPORTS
Mitch Williams, MLB Network pre-season picks for AL division winners: Red Sox, Tigers and Rangers
“Having lost out on Carl Crawford and Cliff Lee, the rapidly aging New York Yankees will not reach the postseason… Without the Yankees to lose to in the division series, the Twins will win the World Series.” – Jim Caple; ESPN
“Age is creeping up on their most important hitters, and it appears the Yankees will be fighting for a wild card spot in 2011.” – MLBBaseballFreePicks.com
“As predictions were being made, what once contained the words “World” and “Series” now contained the words “mildly optimistic” and “50-50” shot.” – Nick Corasaniti; BATS-New York Times Baseball Blog
“The Yankees’ starting rotation doesn’t impress me. Garcia is an injury risk, Nova is unproven, Hughes’ velocity is down this spring and Burnett is very streaky.” – Kevin Paul; theWifeHatesSports.com
The above is just a sample from the many negative opinions/predictions made about the Yankees. Mind you there were other sports experts that did speak positively about the Bombers, but picking the Yankees as the Wild Card was the consensus among this “nicer” group.
Nevertheless, with October playoff spots still up for grabs it is in bad taste to presume anything, but as of now the Yankees are certainly looking good.
It didn’t hurt that the Yankees took two of three from the Red Sox in Boston; followed by sweeping the Toronto Blue Jays in the Bronx; and then watching prospect Jesus Montero lead the team to a 11-10 win vs. the Baltimore Orioles by whacking back to back homers is certainly making most expert predictions a complete joke.
As of today, all you can mark the Yankees success, as being is a case further proving for why age does comes before beauty.
It is tough to deny that the idea of winning #28 is not starting to feel very possible; but Yankee fans should just try to keep their cool about their team’s two-run lead in the AL East by just thinking back to the 2007 New York Mets.
Please, for now try to expect that in just three weeks the Yankees could be ratifying that all were misguided once again. At least that is what I am attempting to do.
- DISH Network Adds The MLB Network To Their Channel Lineup (dishtvblog.com)
- MLB: How Do the Yankees React If the Red Sox Pursue Jose Reyes? (bleacherreport.com)
- New York Yankees: Best team in baseball (fitzandvig.com)
- MLB: Predicting the Division Winners and Each Series for the 2011 Playoffs (bleacherreport.com)
- Yankees rally and hold for 4-2 win over Red Sox (reuters.com)
- Arbitration Eligibles: New York Yankees (mlbtraderumors.com)
- Dish Network Hits It Out of the Park With MLB Network (prnewswire.com)
- New York Yankees: Hurricane Irene Got Nothing On The Bronx Bombers (ladylovespinstripes.com)