Following a disappointing season in which they were comprehensively beaten in the ALCS by the Texas Rangers, the New York Yankees enter the 2011 season with an unusual label—underdog. With the Boston Red Sox making all the headlines with their free agent acquisition of Carl Crawford and trade for Adrian Gonzalez, the Yankees have taken their place in the background.
Unlike some Red Sox fans, who spent the offseason saving up for World Series tickets, Yankee fans had other issues. Namely, will A.J. Burnett bounce back, is Derek Jeter still an All-Star shortshop and who will be the fourth and fifth starters?
These issues will be brought up by those who doubt the Yankees can win their division and progress far into the playoffs this year. Well here are five reasons why the Yanks will be celebrating their 28th championship in the Bronx.