It’s amazing how things play out over the course of a year.
No one lets us know this better than John Sterling. At least once per broadcast, he’ll emphasize that no one can predict baseball. We cannot predict this game. And that’s why I love John Sterling. Sure, he’s cliché. Yes, he can be corny. But he also speaks the truth. Baseball relies too much on the human element. No one will ever be able to predict what will happen. Here’s to you, PECOTA.
Last March, things were astronomically, exponentially, infinitely different in Yankee-land. Over the last 525,600 minutes, the annals of time have progressed in a way none of us could see coming.
Yes, the team is mostly the same. Derek Jeter still plays shortstop. CC Sabathia is still the #1 starter. Joe Girardi is still the manager.
But consider these changes. Last year at this time, we were fretting over Alex Rodriguez’s hip injury (it really is amazing how A-Rod’s offseason progressed last year. The “A-Fraud” comment in Joe Torre’s book was a big news story. Then came the report that he was switching to the Dominican Republic for the WBC. Then came the news that he took steroids. Then came his interview with Peter Gammons, where he admitted using steroids with Texas. Then came his hip injury that was originally supposed to sideline him for the entire 2009 season. And then came the news that he would only miss ten weeks. All of that developed within a one-month span).
Last year at this time, this video was a hit. And that guy was also our starting third baseman.
Last year at this time, we were excited about CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Mark Teixeira, and Nick Swisher. Neither of them had even played a game yet.
Last year at this time, Team USA beat the Yankees 6-5 in an exhibition game. Derek Jeter beat the Yankees.
Last year at this time, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera were coming off surgeries.
Last year at this time, we were looking at pictures of the new Stadium and waiting with bated breath for the first game.
Last year at this time, Angel Berroa was on the team.
The point is, things were very, very different last March. All of us were frustrated with the team’s poor performance in 2008, and we were hopeful for the 2009 season. This March, we’re riding on the heels of a memorable postseason run. The Yankees won the World Series. Alex Rodriguez was the postseason MVP.
Who would have thought that would happen?
I suppose that in March 2011, things will be even more different. But that’s to be expected. Time breeds change. And that’s the fun in being a fan.
You just cannot predict baseball.