New York Yankees Find Themselves in Familiar Territory

By Kenny Bristow
John Rieger-USA Today Sports

For the record … I never doubted the New York Yankees. I am a fan of the greatest sports franchise in American history. No matter the comers, the Bronx Bombers have taken them all on. And more times than not, they have come away with the coveted-ultimate prize.

When this season began — well, before it began actually — no one gave the tired old injured Yankees a chance of you-know-what in you-know-where. Well surprise, everybody! New York is in first place.

Sure, it could only be temporary. Odds point to that. Rarely does an MLB team lead from start to finish, especially in a division as diverse as the AL East.

The Yankees are on a recent tear. They’re 7-3 in their last 10 and have moved past everyone in the division. This weekend, the Bombers made quick work of the Kansas City Royals, who are fancying themselves a contender in the AL Central.

It was predetermined that Robinson Cano would continue his rise to being one of the best players in the game and keep the Yankees competitive despite missing his three regular infield mates due to injury. But Cano is going beyond that. He is cementing his pinstripe greatness before our very eyes. He popped his 10th home run of the season on Sunday and inspires new comers like Vernon Wells.

Wells, a cast-off early in the year became a last minute acquisition for GM Brian Cashman and the former all-star has done nothing except prove he belongs in New York.

Cano and Wells’ numbers are obvious when it comes to figuring out how the Yankees have done it. But if you figure in the quiet journeyman-like performances of the Yanks’ starting pitching staff and the superhuman comeback journey of Mariano Rivera, then you are on to something with New York.

Oh … and did I mention Joe Girardi as an early season manager of the year candidate? Don’t doubt the Yankees kids.

Kenny Bristow is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for
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