Will The New York Yankees Finally Be A Last Place Team In 2013?
If you look at the New York Yankees lineup on Opening Day you’ll likely have to rub your eyes a few times.
1. B. Gardner, CF
2. E. Nunez, SS
3. R. Cano, 2B
4. K. Youkilis, 1B
5. V. Wells, LF
6. B. Francisco, DH
7. I. Suzuki, RF
8. J. Nix, 3B
9. F. Cervelli, C
Yes, that is your New York Yankees. If you aren’t a die hard Yanks fan you are probably going “who the f*ck are these guys?” An old Ichiro, Youkilis and Wells surrounded by guys like Eduardo Nunez, Jayson Nix and Ben Francisco? What kind of April Fool’s joke is this? It’s not a joke. This is for real. With Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira on the shelf with injuries, the lone standout on the Yankees roster is Robinson Cano.
Yeah, that’s scary.
Hell, even the pitching rotation isn’t as imposing as it once was. Aside from C.C. Sabathia, who expects an elderly Andy Pettitte, Ivan Nova or Phil Hughes to really reel in the wins?
It was bound to happen sooner or later. The Yankees can’t stay on top forever and with the entire AL East (with the exception of the Red Sox) retooled and looking to take their game to the next level, this may be the year that it all comes crashing down for the Yankees. I can’t lie though, I’ve been waiting for this moment. The Yankees have bought their way into the playoffs for what feels like eons and to see a team that should limp to the finish line gets me all giddy.
But, then again, these are the Yankees. The past couple of years the naysayers said they wouldn’t make the playoffs. But they have. So you can’t count them out that easily. Who knows, perhaps Wells, Ichiro and Youkilis will have resurgent seasons? Maybe A-Rod, Jeter, Granderson and Teixiera will come back and play at a higher level. It could happen. It just isn’t likely.