Via Sweeny Murti
Random Thoughts the week after World Series win #27:
Did any of us really see this coming two years ago? Remember when Hank Steinbrenner was running amok, Joe Girardi was replacing Joe Torre, A-Rod was opting out and back in, and Johan Santana was on his way to Flushing instead of the Bronx?
Brian Cashman sat in front of the media last October and had what I called his “You can’t handle the truth” moment, telling us all that he was going to re-write the story. None of us knew that he would be proven right only a year later.
While all the chaos was going on, Cashman was the constant. Even ownership was in turmoil, from the admission that George really wasn’t in charge anymore to Hank creating headlines to Hal pushing Hank into the background and creating a more stable environment.
Cashman went on a mission last winter and hauled in the biggest and most influential free agent crop in team history. CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, and Mark Teixeira all could have been very rich men elsewhere. But they all came to the new Yankee Stadium, and Cashman made good on his promise.
Gene Michael and even Bob Watson got the credit for the great Yankee teams of the last dynasty. If the Yankees build a new one (and remember, Yankee championships usually come in bunches), then Cashman will be the one who gets the credit. And he will deserve it.
Here’s somebody else that deserves some credit: Bill Livesey, the 69-year old lifelong baseball man who just won his first World Series ring. Livesey, the man who oversaw the drafting and development of core Yankees like Jeter, Posada, Pettitte, and Rivera among others, was fired after the 1995 season. Livesey’s fingerprints were all over the dynasty Yankees of the late 90′s, but he never got a ring. He was brought back last year as a special assistant in the scouting department. Livesey should savor this World Series win because the core Yankees that he nurtured were still a big reason why they won.
…If the Yankees build a new one (and remember, Yankee championships usually come in bunches), then Cashman will be the one who gets the credit. And he will deserve it…
I agree with this statement. But, what if the Yankees don’t win another ring over the next four or five years? Does that offset the work and net results of 2009?
Personally, I believe that 2009 is in the books and you cannot discount it at a later date – no matter what happens…sans some disclosure that the entire team was on HGH or something like that…
But, in terms of a full body of work, if the Yankees don’t win another ring between now and the end of Cashman’s days with the team, I would think that the non-ring years under Cashman’s “full control” years would somewhat offset the magic of 2009, as it stands on his Yankees resume, no? What do you think?