Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera are two names that do not need any clarification.
Both players are living legends, the cream of Yankees‘ pinstripes, the definition of a franchise and the game of baseball in its entirety.
The Yankees have one goal each season: to win the world series. And now, as reining champs, they must defend their title.
Repeating as champions in any sport is a huge challenge. Therefore, they must avoid potential distractions when they arise. This is not Kansas City. this is New York, where the Yankees play.
Therefore, the Yankees must resign both their “Captain” Jeter, and Rivera, the greatest closer in baseball history. They must resign each of these great player as soon as possible.
Bottom line: The Yankees cannot afford to lose either player.
Going over Jeter and Mo’s accomplishments or stats is unnecessary because everyone knows the importance of theses two greats. They play the game right, stay true role models and lose with dignity.
Winning comes in a far inferior in comparison to obedience and respect. There is no letter ‘i’ in team and no team without leaders. This is our Captain and our closer, the pride of the fans and it is our honor or ego that is at stake here too. Neither of them would ever take more than they could give to the Yankees and it is a trust well-earned.
Only because ‘it is the Yankees’, is exactly the motivation to do it. The fans want this to be a top priority, now. Joe Mauer is getting the love from the Minnesota Twins, as Twins ownership has made it common awareness whatever it takes.
It is time for the Yankees to do the same, as even the Yankees have exceptions.
A quote from New York Congressman Bill Owens exemplifies just this:
True leadership lies in guiding others to success. In ensuring that everyone is performing at their best, doing the work they are pledged to do and doing it well. - Bill Owens
The Yankees must take care of their leaders, Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera.