The first question that people are probably thinking of when they think of New York, is in the context of the Yankees’ newsneakyapproach…
The Yankees have always found themselves in the position of putting a large slice of their fan base on the edge with a single move. That move occurred on August 1st of 1995 when they shipped Alex Rodriguez to Texas for Mark Teixeira and Juan Gonzalez. It was atremendousplay by the Bronx Bombers and the Yankees won that game by a score of 10-9 when Derek Jeter hit a tiebreaking 3 run home run. For the next 4 years, the Yankees were stuck at about .500 while the team that had dominated baseball over at least the previous 18 years was fading fast. It became clear as time went by that the Yankees were unable to break the all time losing streak during the season and in the case of the 2000 season when the Yankees were playing one of their worst baseball seasons ever, the fans lost faith and went on a mini Wild West like run. On June 30, 2011 when Brett Gardner walked into Yankee Stadium and left an uncharacteristic three home runs in a single inning (3 RBIs) and gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead, the place felt like a funeral parlor. After the game, many of the fans who were ejected for booing was a sign of the fans who were looking forward to the start of the 2014 season. When the season did start for New York, it was a bit of a miracle in the sense that it looked and felt more like the 2001 Giants with players who had been with the Giants for a long time and not the first time the Mets were playing .500 football. Theresurgence of the Giants in 2009 in the wake of the Mike Piazza buy out was another sign that the “old guard is being replaced by the new guard.”
For those of you who didn’t watch the Yankees this year, they aren’t reallytheNew YorkYankees anymore, for the record it was just in 2003 they were bought out by Jeffrey Loria -who- will probably never play a down in Yankee Stadium , in fact it’s not like he had much of a chance for a career in pro ball that lasted long enough that he would have to prove that he can be a Yankee.
The 2011 season, and thus New York, was a real test for the Yankees, it’s no big surprise there was a drop in attendance, they had only 1,981 out of over 5 million attendance the first 4 years and over 2,200 the season after that… In 2010 things went better, not only did the attendance dip to 2,856, but the team also started winning . . . so the good signs were there.
But then in 2012 things didn’t change much . . . the team wasbackto their losing ways and they hit yet another bottom. But now the Yankees are back on top of the world! The Yankees won the Most Valuable Player off the bat of Derek Jeter, he may have been the most overpaid player in the history of the sport, but he was also the team’s biggest star, so he should have done quite well in the 2013 season when the team was ranked 3rd in the National League in attendance. That’s when the “new” front office is supposed to take root with the last vestiges of the old “new” Yankees.
The same group that took the job as general manager and front office of the Red Sox were hired to do the same for the Yankees . This is a good thing for those teams that have no money and are working for free and all things considered, the 2014 Yankees are doing quite well!
After losing some key players in 2012, and this past season, most of the new faces to the Yankees roster, are young guys with lots of promise, not many big name players that are still in the big cities. The one thing the Yankees do well is they don’t want to overpay for players like Jeter -or anyone else- but more importantly, the “new” team isn’t really getting very many of theirbestplayers (or young guys) in the draft. This is part of the reason why the Yankees have been so bad over the past few years, it means very little to them in trying to add high impact starters with the top picks they get.
The only players with more to prove are the guys who showed promise off of the bat of Jeter last year. We saw the young guys like Luis Cessa, CC Sabathia and Alex Rodriguez step into the role of role player with Jeter. Cessa showed tremendous promise with his rookie season, both offensively and defensively, and the old guard had to look elsewhere for the next few years until he was a guy who worked his