The New York Yankees‘ offseason is nearly 24 hours old.
For the first time in my lifetime, I had little hope for this Yankees’ playoff team. They are losers of six of seven entering Tuesday night’s do-or-die game against the Houston Astros.
Let’s be real, this is not the Yankees of magic and mystique. These are the Yankees of youth and potential mixed with the scraggly veteran. It is what it is — a transition of sorts. Call me cynical, but I prefer the term realist.
We knew this would have to happen one day following age and injury to veterans, and the retirement of icons from over the years. Most teams aspire to reach the playoffs. The Yankees? Well we know it’s supposed to culminate in a victory parade down the Canyon of Heroes. Every single year. Lofty goals and exceptions are nothing new.
The Yankees won the World Series in 2009, following a year in which they missed out on the postseason fun in 2008. They also missed in 2013 — following a year in which they had home-field advantage throughout the American League — and again in 2014.
Most baseball fans will take a World Series any year even if it means their team might not make the playoffs a few years later. The Yankees have proven they can quick-fix. It’s not always that easy, but they always have resources.
When comparing the Yankees and their 27 Championships to a team such as the Chicago Cubs or Pittsburgh Pirates — two fanbases who have been through misery for decades — it speaks to how great the Yankees really have been through time; that missing the playoffs or getting quickly bounced sends fans into a tizzy. Fire Joe Girardi, fire Brian Cashman! Overreaction from the media and the fanbase in New York comes with the territory of playing there.
You can’t always have your cake and eat it too.
The Yankees enter 2016 as a team fresh off 87 wins, and in a winnable division. The Toronto Blue Jays traded the farm for free-agent-to-be David Price.
In 2014 the Baltimore Orioles had the second best record in the AL with 96 victories. In fact the three AL division winners from just a season ago all missed the playoffs this year — Orioles, Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Baseball is seeing parity like never before.
The Yankees will still feature a great bullpen and a formidable rotation. The lineup can use a bat, and another arm in the rotation can go a long way. If the Yankees fired Cashman or Girardi, who do these fans want to replace them with? They’ve been in this situation before.
Relax, there are grown men at work. They’ll be fine.