• One Year

    Posted by on March 3rd, 2010 · Comments (7)

    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.

    Comments on One Year

    1. MJ Recanati
      March 3rd, 2010 | 8:48 am

      I’m definitely excited for 2010 and I’m thrilled that so much has changed from just one year ago in terms of how Sabathia/Teixeira/Swisher fit into the team and contributed to much to the World Series run.

    2. clintfsu813
      March 3rd, 2010 | 10:01 am

      Great story Jeff. The tribulations we faced in Spring 2009 made winning the championship that much more sweeter. All the A-rod crap us fans dealt with last March was all worth it once he tied that game vs Minny in the ALDS. I’m looking forward to seein Grandy and Javy this year as well as hoping to see a little of the baby Jesus in the Bronx.

    3. MJ Recanati
      March 3rd, 2010 | 10:04 am

      clintfsu813 wrote:

      I’m looking forward to seein Grandy and Javy this year as well as hoping to see a little of the baby Jesus in the Bronx.

      I’m definitely looking forward to Vazquez back in New York and I hope he does great and quiets some of the doubters.

      I’m also definitely excited to see the future with Baby Jesus.

      Grandy…meh…not so much. I hope he does well but I’m definitely worried about him.

    4. clintfsu813
      March 3rd, 2010 | 10:07 am

      Grandy…meh…not so much. I hope he does well but I’m definitely worried about him

      Way to shatter my enthusiasm ;)

    5. MJ Recanati
      March 3rd, 2010 | 10:25 am

      @ clintfsu813:
      LOL, sorry! Pretend I didn’t say anything!

    6. jrk
      March 3rd, 2010 | 10:53 am

      @ clintfsu813:
      How could you forget about CHOP?! ;)

    7. clintfsu813
      March 3rd, 2010 | 11:14 am

      @ jrk:
      Touche’ Him too.

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