As the 2011 MLB season kicks off I am still flummoxed by just how the perennial powerhouses have fallen, the New York Yankees. This is not to say that this fan base is going to have to endure losing seasons. Rather, it is how the baseball franchises that could once be counted on to take first place in their AL East each season (even when they were not winning World Series) have serious concerns.
The New York Yankees are embarking on a season without George the father. His two sons have inherited the empire and they may be well on their way to proving the axiom that sports ownership passed down along generations see glories squandered by the children. Certainly the Chicago Bears can attest to the McCaskey’s incompetence after George Halas created the Monsters of the Midway. The Yankees fandom suffered a dear loss with George’s passing last season and perhaps an even greater loss when his daughter divorced the heir apparent, Steve Swindal.
Now Hal is in charge and he has Brian Cashman running the franchise with dollar signs in mind before wins. The first sign of troubling times maybe ahead maybe that the Yankees allowed the Boston Red Sox to acquire Adrian Gonzalez. While the Gonzalez plays first and the Yankees already have a Mark Teixeira in place there with a hefty price tag, Gonzalez could have been the DH or Gonzalez and Teixeira could have taken turns in either position.
Still, this team has enough talent on the field to warrant spending money on New York Yankees tickets to Yankee Stadium, but this is a team that is a certain underdog in the AL East. The Boston Red Sox are the favorites to win the division, the pennant, and the World Series and the Tampa Bay Rays are thought of as equals to the Yankees. Maybe this is just what Hal needs to turn from reluctant owner to a rabid egomaniac hell bent on winning: an inspiration season after his father’s shadow has dissipated.