Last year’s Yankees team, the Baby Bombers, changed all that. Players like Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Gary Sanchez, and all the others, have brought a youthful exuberance to the team. Even the teams of the late 1990s, never seemed to be having fun; they were all business, with one goal in mind – winning the World Series. This current team still wants to win the World Series, they just are going to enjoy themselves along the way.
I find myself once again having a strong desire to watch the team and write about what I see, which, truth to tell, has been lacking the last few seasons. For this site, I am trying to do more in-depth articles, not just quick hit type pieces. This iteration of the Yankees, has renewed the diehard baseball and Yankees fan within.
This season also starts with a change at the helm of the Yankees. I have seen many managers come and go over my many years of being a Yankees fan – Billy Martin so many times, Dallas Green, Yogi Berra, Lou Pinella a couple of times, Stump Merrill, even Bucky Dent. Buck Showalter then started the team down the right path (along with George Steinbrenner being suspended from baseball allowing Gene Michael the ability to keep players like Bernie Williams and Mariano Rivera). He was replaced by Joe Torre, and the dynasty truly began. Torre was replaced by Joe Girardi, who had some success and in later years kept the team in contention longer than astute fans thought the team was expected to do. I do believe Girardi got a raw deal in being let go this offseason, but I do understand why he wasn’t resigned (some bad decisions and reported issues with handling/relating to the younger players). Aaron Boone comes in for the 2018 season with a high baseball IQ, from a great baseball family, and his attitude seems more in-line with the young players of today. I do believe that Aaron Boone has the ability and the team to succeed, and succeed quickly.
Over the last few months on this site, you have read about my predictions for the season so I won’t rehash those here. Suffice it to say, I do believe this may be the Yankees year. Of course, injuries need to be minimized, players can’t regress too far from last season, and young prospects need to pan out; but there is hope. Young, potentially great players are on the team or on the horizon (only one projected non-pitching starter is over 28 years old – Brett Gardner). The front office is making smart moves and planning years in advance, no longer simply trying to “win now at any cost.” The team salary is dropping to a level which will allow the team to compete for fantastic free agents after the 2018 season. MLB history is full of Yankees dynasties – and we are possibly at the beginning of the next one.
Yankees fans always expect the team to win the World Series every year. Some years that is a realistic goal, others, like the last few, it is a pipe dream. But this year may be different. Hope for the future is back in the Bronx. Excitement is back in the Bronx. A legitimate chance to add the 28th World Series Championship ring to the collection is back. Even if this year the dream does not come true, I have faith that it will within the next few years. I said this earlier and it bears repeating – I am looking forward to this season and the seasons to come. Grab some popcorn and a beverage of your choice, place a Yankees cap on your head, grab whichever Yankees jersey is hanging in your closet and put it on, and let’s see where this Yankees season takes us – it is going to be a fun ride!
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