Sunday, March 10, 2013
Posted by el duque at 7:55 AM
2008: Farewell to Yankee Stadium.
2009: See the new Yankee Stadium.
2010; Greet the returning World Champions.
2011: See the golden years of Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte.
2012: See the last year of Mariano and the return of Andy Pettitte.
This year: See the end of Mariano, probably Pettitte, possibly Arod and Jeter.
We have become a 90s nostalgia show. Call us Better than Ezra, but Less than Jake. And over the last three years, we have not produced a hit - a star from our system.
(OK, Skip this paragraph if you're sick of reading it: We've had spare parts: Eduardo Nunez. David Phelps. Ivan Nova. Brett Gardner. Francisco Cervelli. David Robertson. But nothing resembling a future all-star. Worse, we traded Austin Jackson, Ian Kennedy and Tyler Clippard - the three most successful players from our system. And we can watch what Jesus Montero does in Seattle this year with a sick feeling in our guts.)
So we enter 2013 with yet another farewell campaign: See Mariano before he leaves. Of course, for fans to see him, the Yankees need to be ahead in the 9th. That could be a problem.
Right now, in left field we have Juan Rivera - who statistically was worse than a replacement player last year in Los Angeles - and Dan Johnson, a definition of mediocrity at first base - taking up space until the return of Grandy and Teixeira - two .240 hitters, thanks to their inability to adjust to defensive overshifts. We have Youk at third, who has missed more than 40 games in each of the last three seasons. We have Ichiro in right, who the Mariners had seen enough of last year. Travis Hafner? Ahh, yes, wasn't he something in 2005?
To see Mariano pitch, expect to buy several tickets.