The collapse since the All-Star break is enough to handle. The injuries are enough to handle. Watching the team age is enough to handle. It is hard to find bright spots these days if you are the New York Yankees.
The appreciation of the 38-year old Derek Jeter is a main story in the Bronx in 2012. You could say that Rafael Soriano’s impact on the team is unmatched. Raul Ibanez? Splendid. Eric Chavez? Tremendous. Nick Swisher? Clutch and impressive with middle of the order guys out. Ichiro? Everything the Yanks needed for who he is NOW and how old he is NOW. But there is one guy who, so far, is the MVP of the team. A guy who Pinstripe Passion thought wouldn’t even be on the roster come September 1.
It sure is hard making predictions in sports these days. Tiger Woods vs. the field is over in golf. Anyone can win on any given day. The NFL still reigns parity. College basketball has sent Butler, VCU and George Mason to the Final Four since 2006. Baseball has seen the Orioles, Athletics and Pirates stay around for the stretch run in 2012.
The Yanks got back to “winning a series” after a 6-2 victory over Seattle on Sunday. This was huge for the pinstripes considering the day before they were shutout by Felix Hernandez. Then things got ugly.
Every team has a flaw. Detroit’s bullpen has been up and down. The Red Sox don’t have enough starting pitching. The Angels traded for Zach Greinke because they are in the same boat. The Rangers’ defense is average at best. Baltimore looks like world-beaters one day and a team you cannot take seriously the next. Toronto can’t stay healthy. Tampa Bay can’t hit. Cleveland doesn’t have enough top to bottom. And Oakland can be shut down by a #1 starter once they come back to earth a little bit. The White Sox are the White Sox. Nothing special there.
Ichiro Suzuki, a future Hall of Famer, bowed to the fans and said good-bye to the only city he has ever known since coming over from the Far East. The catch? He didn’t even have to leave the stadium because the team he went to was Seattle’s opponent that night, the Yankees!
With Brett Gardner out, Nick Swisher inconsistent and a lack of big time hitting with two outs, the Yanks acquired Ichiro Suzuki from Seattle. What kind of an impact could he have for New York? Keep reading.
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