Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Posted by el duque at 6:13 AM
Nick Swisher was probably always gone. Money is money. But who could have expected such a popular guy to leave on a chorus of boos? And Eric Chavez - will he still think New York is the only place to play? When your last memory is of screamed hatred and empty blue seats - can you really conclude NY is the baseball's Promised Land?
Right now, the vowed return of two players - Arod and Mariano - has generated the most ink. In Arod's case, every time Cashman says he'll be our 3B, it sounds like he's saying Bubba Crosby will be our CF. History has shown that Brian Cashman's public utterances have the same import as Baghdad Bob. He managed to replace George Steinbrenner as the guy whose endorsement is most likely to be the kiss of death.
And with Mariano, his saintly return - at, gulp, $15 mill? - means we might lose Soriano, who would solve our closer void for two years. Look, everybody loves Mo. Everybody wants Mo. Everybody needs Mo. And nobody can handle the possibility - the very real possibility - that Mo won't have his cutter. And if Mariano isn't himself, it's a season killer. Bang. Without a backup, we're done.
So now, the CW tells us Boston and Texas are courting Martin and Kuroda. Both teams would seem to have more free money lying around. Do the players love NY enough to give a discount? Or will those last memories of Yankee Stadium - a house of angry boos and empty seats - lessen their allegiance?
Collectively - fans and franchise - that was one of the ugliest finishes in Yankee history. Something tells me, it's not over.