Throughout the entire offseason, especially in the past month, the media has once again regurgitated its usual talking points when talking about the Yankees: too old, too slow, albatross contracts, injuries, other teams are much better, etc.
This year it’s even worse, with the massive amount of injuries to the Yankees: Derek Jeter, Phil Hughes, Alex Rodriguez, Clay Rapada, and Curtis Granderson. Most of the media has responded with doomsday predictions for the Yankees’ franchise, saying their time is over.
It’s so ridiculous. The media has written the Yankees’ obituary Guess what people: It’s March! There has yet to be a game to be played in the regular season. Everyone is 0-0. It’s a long, long season: 162 games from April to September. Injuries happen. They will heal eventually.
And guess what, folks? The Yankees still are strong. They have one of the best rotations in the American League, led by CC Sabathia, a truer than true ace. Crafty veterans Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda, even in their advanced ages, are still reliable. Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova, and David Phelps will spend all year long trying to earn the last spot in a potential playoff rotation. Mariano Rivera, the greatest reliever in history, is back, baby! The rest of the bullpen should be very good and shutdown.
Even with the injuries, the Yankees’ offense should find some way to get it done. Jeter and Granderson will be back by May. Teixeira should be back by June, just gotta be careful with him.
Remember this: In the 2011 season, 45 “experts” on ESPN predicted the Boston Red Sox would handily win the American League East, with only a few picking the Yankees to make the playoffs.
This year, it’s no different. The Toronto Blue Jays are this year’s Red Sox with all the acquisitions they’ve made. Sure, they’ll be competitive and perhaps VERY good, but I’m not ready to crown them as anything until they prove to be healthy, which many of their players (old and new) have not been the last few years.
During these times we have to remember that baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint like football. Injuries will happen, injuries will heal, injuries will happen to other teams. Yankee Universe should not lose hope. The Bronx Bombers just need to find a way to weather these injuries for the first month or so until people come back. If they can survive, they will be able to put it together and make it back to the playoffs.
Don’t panic, Yankees fans. Not yet.