Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Name's the Game

The New York Yankees have such a team that (even if based on name alone) is built for October. Not to say that paper and pen win pennants and titles in a game which is known for humbling its participants, but it's a start, and no team in the history of the game has employed that notion to greater effect than the Yankees. This current batch of Yankees is no different. With names like Granderson, Cano, Sabathia, and Rodriguez, this is a team that is built to operate at a high level. The roster is filled with names of similar ilk. Rivera, Suzuki, Kuroda, and Jeter. You get the point: This is a team that is built to operate at a high level.

Alas, a rash of injuries and misfortune have derailed and delayed all of that. A hole built by a mediocre start at the beginning and into nearly two-thirds of the season due to the absence of some of those names has literally left the Yankees close to dead and buried. If they are to dig their way out it will indeed take the efforts of their recently restored name-machine. They will need their stars to shine brightest in this darkest of holes. The dirt is piling on but there may still be life and valor in that hole, and a team that is built to operate at a high level...a team that has the names to make a difference, a team that is built for October, will soon find out.