Reading Ian O’Connor brings out the Miles O’Reefer in me (‘cough-cough’...been a while).
Why? Because an extended A-Rod absence would swing open a door of delicious opportunity, that’s why.
The Yankees could go back to being the Yankees. They could go back to being the team that won four championships in five years with reliable pitching and a harmonious band of position players that didn’t need a slugger whose favorite teammates are Me, Myself and I.
“It was all about the team for us,” Tino Martinez said. “There were no real stars. You had Bernie [Williams] and [Derek] Jeter, but not superstars. We just figured out ways to get a lead and win games. “Position by position, this year’s team has much more physical talent than we did. It’s a way better team than our championship teams. But we knew how to come together, and that’s the trick.”
A trick the 2009 Yankees should be able to turn with Cody Ransom or some other potential Scott Brosius-to-be at third.
...But facts are facts: The Yankees haven’t reached the World Series in Rodriguez’s five seasons, and they reached six in the eight seasons before he arrived.
Coincidence, or guilty as charged?