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New York Yankees: You Can’t Always Get What You Want, But You Can Win

“No” is not a familiar word heard in the New York Yankees front office.

General manager Brian Cashman has the resources to woo players to come play in the Bronx, so what happened this offseason?

It has to be expected that the Yankees sans Mr. George Steinbrenner lost a little bit of their appeal.

Not many owners possess the passion and fire that the Boss displayed. Even the negative stories about how he was a tyrant with unreal expectations were equalized by his never-ending willingness to help.

So, what the heck happened to the Yankees missing out on Cliff Lee and not signing any top free agent? Why is Andy Pettitte so hesitant to commit?

In my opinion, the unmistakable absence of Mr. Steinbrenner is what is crippling the Yankees.

Imagine yourself as a player who the Yankees wanted in pinstripes while Mr. Steinbrenner was the principal owner. Hence, Mr. Steinbrenner thought that the Yankees needed to acquire you to win. Figuring out how to get a player was never the problem; it was just a matter of when, because the Boss would go to any extreme.To feel that important in Mr. Steinbrenner’s eyes must have felt special for a free agent. Now, with Mr. Steinbrenner having passed last July, that aspect is gone for potential free agents.

Mr. Steinbrenner was first and foremost a baseball fan. Over the past few seasons, where poor health didn’t allow for the Boss to be at the ballpark, you still could feel him everywhere. I was at the plaque ceremony against the Tampa Bay Rays last season, and the fight that the Yankees played with was inspiring.

Let’s just hope the current players can prove that is not gone. The 2011 season will answer a lot of questions, because this would be the season where winning one for the Boss would be the most meaningful.

The players have to always know in their hearts that the Boss will always be watching, and winning is what will make his spirit felt everywhere again.

4 Comments

  1. YankeeRay says:

    As John McEnroe would say – "YOU CAN'T BE SERIOUS!!"

    I was always struck by how baseball ignorant Steinbrenner was,despite decades of ownership experience.George was good at making money,bad at baseball decisions.After lucking into Catfish and Reggie it was all downhill until the Yankees fell to LAST PLACE.Then,a Bronx Miracle – he was legally barred from running the team.Michaels,Watson and Showalter then built the team of the 90's.And when Steinbrenner reasserted himself the first thing he did was sign Clemons.And it was back downhill from there,though not quite as far as the 80's.

    Cashman will not make the hasty,buy every superstar at any price signings George made.He won't mortgage the future by throwing away tomorrows Yankees for yet another over 30,over priced pitcher.Cashman is being smart.He'll make his moves and field a strong team.And he'll do it without damaging the long term transition from the over 30 Yankees to a younger team.

  2. Dugan says:

    They made the worse mistake when they hired A J Burnett. He is not and will never be Yankee quality. Look at his arms, that’s not Yankee quality! It’s garbage! Count your losses and drop him like a hot piece of iron.

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