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You Just Wait and See: This Is The Year Of The New York Yankees

DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  Infielder Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees reacts after throwing out a runner against the Toronto Blue Jays February 25, 2009 at Dunedin Stadium in Dunedin, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Micheal RobinsonSenior Analyst IIApril 15, 2009

Let me start off with all of the negative things that have happened for the New York Yankees in the past six months.

First off, they missed the playoffs for the first time since since 1993 last season. Then, in February, they learned that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids while with the Texas Rangers.

Since then, he has been the only player of his stature to sit down in different interviews and a press conference explaining how clean he is now and how sorry he is for what happened then. A-Rod plans to write the finishing chapters of his career the right way and hopes that his legacy isn't tainted.

Meanwhile, a torn labrum that needed minor surgery on the most popular hip in the world was successful, but he will not return until May 15, though he continues to recover quicker then scheduled.

However, not all is bad in Yankee country.

The Yankees did pick up four quality players in the offseason: CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, A.J. Burnett, and Nick Swisher all have donned pinstripes.

Sabathia started things out in a bad note, losing the season opener to the Baltimore Orioles on April 6. Chien-Ming Wang has lost both of his first games in very ugly fashion, with opponents hitting .600 against him, but the Yankees feel he will bounce back.

Meanwhile, A.J. Burnett is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 15 strikeouts and only two walks surrendered. After eight games played this season, the Yankees are playing .500 baseball with four wins and four losses.

They have yet to play a home game or open up their new stadium, and they have missed Alex Rodriguez since day one and Mark Teixeira for three games.

We clearly haven't seen the best this team has to offer and how special it really is, but it's early in the season, and just you wait. Things will get better soon.

Rodriguez has been in the dugout during the Tampa-New York series at Tropicana Field while he has been in Tampa during rehab.

He was asked about what is important to him right now in a YES Network interview: "The New York Yankees and winning, being part of this team and sell-out for the team and do whatever it takes, and that's why I chose to have the surgery when I did ... I think this year can be a special year for all of us and I am looking forward to playing and moving forward.

"I feel like I am fixed and the surgery went well," Rodriguez added. "Watching the games has been tough, but I have liked what I have seen. My responsibilities are with the team and to help them win and I am trying to get back as soon as possible. Its a long season, and we have a special team out there and I look forward to getting back and helping them win, but I want to make sure I am back for good."

I am sure Alex Rodriguez wishes he was on the field this week for a very special game coming up. With the opening of the new Yankee Stadium Thursday, the Yankees look to turn a corner this year and never look back until October, with champagne in their eyes and 30 pounds of cold sterling silver wrapped around their hands.

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