There is no question that the signings of A.J. Burnett, Mark Teixeira, C.C. Sabathia, and the trade for Nick Swisher this offseason were huge boosters to the offense and defense. But the question always remained of how these players would mesh with the existing Yankees?
Burnett, Swisher, Teixeira, and Sabathia have helped to transform the Yankees into a tight-knit bunch. The Yankees now have swagger, confidence, are having fun, and most importantly are beginning to look like a team.
Swisher with his constant chattering and old school approach, Teixeira with his huge bat, great defense, and fire, Sabathia in taking his teammates out to other sporting events, and Burnett with his pie-in-the-face routine after walk-off wins.
While appearing to be small in nature, these gestures and acquisitions were the brilliant ones that the Yankees used to pull off with Gene "Stick" Michael in control. Since that time, the Yankees have taken for granted how personalities will gel in the clubhouse and the value of good starting pitching and defense. The consequences of these decisions speak for themselves.
Now with these new pieces in place, Alex Rodriguez quietly blending in, and Mariano Rivera continuing to get stronger, the Yankees can finally make their familiar October run.
A run that is long deserved. But one that is attainable with an approach that has worked in the past.
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