As it is getting closer to Spring Training for baseball it is starting to sink in that the Yankees have added a few new faces to the roaster.
Fans reality will also have to readjust when some of their heroes will only play in Yankee Stadium for another team. Also, for Cashman’s sake let’s hope that Yankee prospect Austin Jackson isn’t a natural in center field for the Detroit Tigers. Nothing will ignite
fans fire more than watching another homegrown Yankee thrive on another team’s ball-club.
If the last decade baseball did learn lessons about winning. The first being the word ‘farm system’ became common lingo for fans, GM’s and the media chit-chat. The second is attitude means more than skills. For a team to win, it has to work.
The farm systems have been proven a key element for any MLB franchise’s success.
As a Yankee fan it is only natural to want to hate the team that proved everything that the Yankees did not do actually works. Even more annoying was that the team was the Boston Red Sox.
Boston’s 30-something GM, Theo Epstein truly believes team and the players that the Red Sox are grooming.
Think about it, the youngsters play Double-A and Triple-A ball for years together, learn together which makes it inevitable that they become familiar with each other.
Sometimes we tend to forget the baseball is a team sport. Play as a team and win as a team. It’s pretty simple.
With regard to the Yankees, paychecks and payrolls have nothing to do with camaraderie. It can attract big name players or aging superstars but that gives a team no guarantee for anything.
It takes so much to get through the long season overall. So to make the playoffs and to get to the World Series takes each part of a ball-club working. Not just showing-up everyday but going to extra mile whether it’s Skipper Joe Girardi, Arod, the bat-boy or the fans.
Each individual player needs to come together, while not relying on another to player to pick you up but appreciating it.
That makes David Wrights job very hard with the Mets continuing to fail over the last few seasons. The Mets need everything and everyone to make something go right to get the trend going again.
Evan Longoria is the player on the Rays who can collaborate with their dynamic manager, Joe Madden to get back to the World Series again. Seems to a fan that the Rays acted like spoiled brats in 2009.
Did they just expect to make the playoffs again without having too much? Yes because the Rays are young and stacked with talented players.
Crawford, Upton, Longoria to name three already super-stars in their own rights and in their mid-20’s still.
It’s never nice realizing you are not as good as you thought you were. In baseball the Rays got wiped after winning the ALCS just two seasons ago. If that did not piss off Tampa’s fans and players, than that franchises glimpse of what could be was a false sense of hope.
Tampa Bay Rays could become one of the greatest stories in sports history as the team the became a power-house, playing in the AL East and winning thorough purely hard-work.
Both the Mets and the Rays have a lot to prove to themselves, their fans and the world of baseball.
These two teams fates will play out soon enough.
It is a fact that both the Mets and the Rays have the means but without the motivation it is just another false sense of hope.