• T’when-Tee, Double-O

    Posted by on January 31st, 2006 · Comments (4)

    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?

    Comments on T’when-Tee, Double-O

    1. baileywalk
      January 31st, 2006 | 10:58 pm

      It’s true that they haven’t won since 2000. And it’s true that they’ve added a big name (sometimes two) a year. But look at some of those years:

      2001 (pre-big stars): two outs away from winning four straight.
      2003: in a very winnable World Series.
      2004: two outs away from the World Series.
      2005: lost an easily winnable first-round playoff series.

      I guess my point is that the Yankees acquiring those big names didn’t really HURT them. Aside from 2002, when the Yanks just flat-out lost, they’ve run into some bad/weird luck. And I think we all know the Yankees had no business losing the ’03 World Series. Pavano and Beckett pitched out of their heads, but we were clearly the better team and if Wells never goes down in that first inning, we would have won.

      I would also say that Matsui and Mussina were good investments and no-brainers at the time (Moose because of his skills and Matsui because of his price and the money he brought in), and Giambi (though overpaid) was obvious, too; if he didn’t replace Tino, someone would have.

      Considering what the Yankees went through the last two years pitching-staff-wise (injuries and major ineffectiveness) it’s amazing how well they’ve done.

      Will they win it all this year? I think that every year. I remember sitting there opening day in ’05 with a big smile on my face, thinking, “This is the year…” And Tony Woe-mack was still playing every day.

      But Damon helps the team right now, and the bullpen has improved. As long as the starting rotation stays healthy, I think they have a really good chance.

    2. festus
      January 31st, 2006 | 11:16 pm

      It’s funny, I remember right before Game 6 of 1996, Dave Winfield (as a pregame commentator) making some goofy remark to the effect of “if they win, well, George Steinbrenner has finally bought his championship.” People will always yak all kinds of inanity about “WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN.” It’s frustrating to watch your team lose, period. If people use the “no heart…no team chemistry…all greedy players” excuse for these Yankees it’s their prerogative, but it’s that kind of conventional wisdom I tune out. The answer is usually more mundane, i.e. not enough bullpen, bad luck in divisional round, bad bench, etc.

    3. Raf
      February 1st, 2006 | 9:42 am

      Aside from 2002, when the Yanks just flat-out lost, they’ve run into some bad/weird luck.
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      Which is the essence of the playoffs, when you come right down to it.

      Anything can happen in a short series, and you can find many instances when a team has gone 4-0, 4-3, 2-4, so on and so forth…

    4. Raf
      February 1st, 2006 | 11:12 am

      That was supposed to read “you can find many instances during a season”

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