A lot of things had changed in baseball since since the New York Yankees last won the World Series in 2000.
In that time, the Yankees’ hated rivals, the Boston Red Sox, finally broke the 86 year-old “Curse of the Bambino” by winning the championship in historic fashion…and then again 3 years later just to make it stick. The Expos became the Nationals. The Chicago Cubs blamed some kid for their own ineptness as a team. The Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies and Tampa Bay Rays became the second, third and fourth teams, respectively, from the 90′s expansions to reach the World Series. And the first team to do so, the Florida Marlins, not only made it back to the Series for a second time, but won it again in as many trips. And just like when they won it all in 1997, the Marlins immediately disbanded their team the next season and started the rebuilding process all over again.
Well, it seems as though the Yankees are willing to admit to change and follow suit.
This morning it was announced that, in the wake of last night’s victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6, the Yankees have decided to either trade or release a number of popular and productive players for the 2010 season. Critics argue that the move may be a bit hasty. New York’s General Manager, Brian Cashman, defended the team’s reasoning. “We have worked so hard to get back to this point. The goal was, and always has been, to win the World Series. And now that we have accomplished that, there is no need to continue throwing hundreds of millions of dollars at players. We won. We will move on,” Cashman wrote in an official statement.
“The wildly inappropriate measures we took to ensure this victory have paid off. We are thrilled about it, but no longer feel the need to continue (buying players that other teams can’t afford),” the statement read.
Players affected by this sudden shift to South Florida-style organizational management are not known at this time, but several names have been speculated. Among these names are Alex Rodriguez (3B), C.C. Sabathia (P), Mark Teixeira (1B), A.J. Burnett (P) and Jorge Posada (C). If true, the vacancies left behind by these players would leave the Yankees with a surplus of nearly $726 million.
When asked what the organization would do with the money, Cashman offered no official plan. “We have discussed potentially donating the money to organizations comitted to building wells for safe drinking water in Africa. We believe the money would completely end the problem of contaminated drinking water in no fewer than 12 African countries almost immediately,” Cashman told members of the media outside of Yankee Stadium. He then added “But, we will probably just make a new list of players we want to sign and throw that money at them. You have no idea how exciting it is to player shop like we have done in the past. There is no other rush quite like it. I think that’s what makes the game fun.”
Maybe next year, Damiano. Maybe next year.