Back in the 1990s I would watch the Yankees with my kids and we’d enjoy the show. Some years they went all the way and won the Series. Sometimes they got knocked out. But Steinbrenner always fielded an interesting team and they mostly entertained. When the new Millennium turned in 2001 and the Yankees lost in the seventh game of the Series against the Diamondbacks management decided to clean house and got rid of several of the older veterans. They were replaced with very high-priced free-agent upgrades. But the team lost its soul. They were just hired guns. And as often as not, they severely underperformed. And it went on and on and on. If the Yankees had just allowed a couple of rebuilding years and gone for some young talent they would have come back strong and saved hundreds of millions of dollars. And then they bought A-Rod. Wow. And then they let Jeter continue as the shortstop even after he needed a walker to get around the infield. And all the fun was gone. Nothing but whining year after year.
But now Jeter has mercifully retired. A-Rod will get the next 10 years of his Yankee salary from the Fox Sports Post-Game Studio where his damage will be limited to English grammar and comprehension. And this year the average age of the line-up is ten years younger than during the Jeter/A-Rod era.
Just in time for my boycott of the Kneeling NFL the Yankees are playing playoff baseball again and having a hell of a lot of fun. So now I can watch the Yankees with my grandsons and tell them about guys like Scott Brosius, Tino Martinez, Paul O’Neil and the other Yankees that were put out to pasture to make room for Jason Giambi and A-Rod (at ten times the salary and half the production) and the other steroid juiced duds who infected the 2000s. And even if they get knocked out before the Series they provide a positive attitude about hustling for the play and running out a grounder because they’re not aging multi-millionaire’s yet. They’re still on their way up and they have excitement about playing.
And the best part is they’ll stand for the Anthem and won’t be wearing socks that call cops pigs or glamorize thugs. They still seem to respect the Flag, the Country and the Fans.