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One of the realities you learn to live with when you cheer
for the Yankees is everyone complaing about the Yankees “buying a championship.” It usually
sounds like this:
Me: I like the Yankees
Them: OH they just wah wah wah wah wah, buy, wah wah wah,
cry cry cry, their, wah wah wah,
I get so tired of hearing it. As if it’s the Yankees fault
that half the world buys their stuff and that they are the most successful
franchise in the history of the world.
This year is no exception. Of course with the signing of
C.C. and AJ this year is no different. But is it true? Of course, the Yankees
haven’t won a world series in years despite adding to their line-up and their
payroll. This year, things seem a little different though, the Yankees are getting
younger and their going after pitching.
The Yankees farm system is stacked with pitching talent and
they are building the talent on the fielding side. They currently have in the system Ian
Kennedy, Austin Jackson, and Philip Hughes–all potential big timers
Next years starting rotation looks something like this:
Sabathia, 28 yo
Burnett, 32 yo
Wang, 29 yo
Chamberlain, 23 yo
Pettite, 36 (I am speculating here)
This is where the Yankee haters are most bothersome. If this
rotation were the Mets, or the Red Sux the world wide miss leader would be
heralding it as one of the greatest potential rotations ever. Yes, the 2009 Yankees have some holes to
fill. Yes, they may not be where they want to be yet, but they are moving in
the right direction and the last few months have proven that.
The Yankees may well be the team to beat in ’09.