• The Way We Were

    Posted by on November 28th, 2005 · Comments (4)

    Music has a way of bringing you back – back to the time when that particular piece was first heard by you, and who you were at that time and where you were then. It’s one of the things that I enjoy the most about hearing an older song – letting your mind do the Wayback Machine thing.

    Driving into work today, I heard “Pulling Mussels From A Shell” on the radio and my thoughts began to drift back to another time and place for me. It was the early fall of 1980, and I’m in Barry’s Records on 23rd Street in Manhattan, buying Squeeze’s Argybargy (back in the day of 33⅓ LP vinyl records!). And, I began to recall the days that followed where I played that record over and over again until I had all the lyrics of the songs therein were burned into my brain.

    And, as these memories bubbled up to the of top my present consciousness, I began to think about the Yankees of 1980. They were a very good and interesting team – Rick Cerone and his “10″ Jeans. Bobby Brown. Tom Underwood – who looked like he was only five feet tall on the mound. Luis Tiant. Even fun part-time contributors like Eric Soderholm, Gaylord Perry, Doug Bird and Dennis Werth.

    The Yankees of 1980-81 were the team that followed the Yankees championship teams of 1977 and 1978. Much like the present Yankees team is a very good and interesting team – following the Yankees championship teams of 1996-2000. However, the Yankees teams that followed the 1980-81 teams were not so good. No one wanted to come to play in New York those days. And, for the dozen years that followed 1981, the Yankees failed to make the post-season.

    Are we about to see that trend again in Yankeeland? I hope not.

    The key will be the Yankees farm system. If the Yankees can produce their own needed parts, they will not have to rely on getting help elsewhere. And, I think that Brian Cashman and crew realize this now.

    Hopefully, some time around my 68th birthday in 2030, when I hear Green Day’s “Wake Me Up When September Ends” on the radio or somewhere, I’ll then be able to think about how Cashman and the farm plan saved the Yankees back when I was in my early 40′s when I was doing a blog on the Yankees.

    Comments on The Way We Were

    1. Raf
      November 28th, 2005 | 11:11 am

      They had some decent teams in the 80′s (2nd place finishes in 85 & 86). The division race was pretty tight in 88, and it was the beginning of the end in 89…

    2. November 28th, 2005 | 11:16 am

      Still, zero post-season games from 1982 through 1993. Close only counts in, well, you know.

    3. Raf
      November 28th, 2005 | 11:35 am

      Be that as it may, to say there were no good teams from 1982-93 is a bit misleading. Not every squad was like the 1990 team.

      On at least two occasions (1985, 1988-remember the talk of a Subway Series? lol), the division was there for the taking. 1993 was a bit exciting as the Yanks made a run at the Blue Jays. Oh, if they only has signed Cone along with Jimmy Key (IIRC, they were pretty hot after Maddux. I was thinking what was the big deal with him, he only won 20 games once!), I was thinking that would be great, as the Jays would’ve lost two pitchers within the division instead of one. I was hoping they would go after Bonds, but I remember he was asking for a riduculous amount of $$ from the Yanks.

    4. Jason O.
      November 28th, 2005 | 11:58 am

      SL, excellent post. If the new unified command holds up for 3-4 seasons, the yanks will reap the benefits well into the next decade. Cashman seems to have a lot of power now, but I worry about the Brutuses in Tampa after Mr. Steinbrenner decreases his role.

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