Retired Tigers closer Todd Jones weighs in on the Yankees recent moves at TSN -
Life is about to get interesting for the Yankees and their newcomers. Guys who sign big deals usually come to town feeling like they have to live up to their new pile of cash. But with so many of the highest-paid dudes on one club, A.J. can slide in almost unnoticed. Even Big Tex can hope to be shielded by Alex Rodriguez, or at least take a lesson from him about living up to the pressure of a new deal.
Now that the Yankees have spent so much and have future Hall of Famers up and down their roster, they’re supposed to win. Anything short of reaching the World Series will be a disappointment. That is no way to go through a season. Baseball turns into a job really fast when you strap such an 800-pound gorilla on your back the first day of spring training and carry it around during a six-month-long regular season (and perhaps into the postseason).
I wonder if Yankees fans ever blush. What’s so special about pulling for the bully at the end of the street who beats up on the smallest kid in town? What’s cool is when you’re rooting for a team that comes from nowhere. Most of us like the underdogs, and they still have their day in baseball, as we saw with the Rays this past season.
The Yankees should know by now that money can’t buy a championship. You know, I have a feeling this won’t turn how the Yankees are planning.
And, the countdown for Hank’s reply starts…now.