In 2000, the Yankees won their third ring in a row.
In 2001, the Yankees added free agent Mike Mussina.
In 2002, the Yankees added free agent Jason Giambi.
In 2003, the Yankees added free agent Hideki Matsui.
In 2004, the Yankees added Alex Rodriguez and free agent Gary Sheffield.
In 2005, the Yankees added Randy Johnson.
And, in 2006, the Yankees added free agent Johnny Damon.
Do any Yankees fans out there feel that, just maybe, someday we’ll be looking at the Mussina/Giambi/A-Rod/Damon Yankees and say “Wow, they had a lot of great names, and won a lot of games, but never won any rings”?
Really, we’re half-way through the first decade of the twenty-hundreds with no rings in the Bronx. What happens if it’s October 31, 2010 and the last ring for the Yankees was 2000? How should the last Yankees decade be viewed?
I think this Yankees run will then become the poster-child for the notion of you can’t buy a ring.
I hope it doesn’t happen. I hope the Yankees do win a ring (or more) within the next 5 years. But, as we’ve seen the last 5 years, it’s not easy.
I would hate to have to wait until something like 2018 for the next Yankees ring. Imagine hearing “T’when-Tee, Double-O” for the next dozen years?