“The Yankees have been a brilliant, cohesive unit this season, but really they are three teams masquerading as one.”
Brilliant and cohesive in a disjointed, subversive way?
“They are the young kids, like Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain, on their first winning joyride.”
Toss out the dismissive attitude (and redundant phrasing) when talking about two players who have been up and down to the bigs for three years aside and consider that Hughes and Chamberlain both made the post season roster in 2007. More importantly, each has had media scrutiny unlike what any player usually receives by this point in their career and have spent most of their lives winning, often brilliantly, as pitchers for teams that generally win more often than not. How interesting would it be to read an interview with Phil Coke, Brett Gardner, David Robertson, or Francisco Cervelli, who have no major-league playoff experience in their short (and far-less covered) careers until last week? Or if you want to be a bit more tongue-in-cheek when penning a flip phrase like “winning joyride”, go ask Jerry Hairston about making the playoffs for the first time after 12 well-traveled years in the bigs, or Alfredo Aceves being a relative late-comer to the game of baseball and what his life was like coming through the Mexican League before getting a minor league contract at age 25, finding himself pitching on the biggest stage a year later. Never mind, that’s too much work. Instead, just throw a double-hook barb for no good reason:
“They are the veteran mercenaries, like A.J. Burnett and Johnny Damon, having a good-old, pie-faced time, with one eye on the paycheck.”
Back that bus up just to make sure you roll over a few other names while swerving to squash Damon and Burnett while driving this article. Why no mention of ARod? Tex? Swisher? CC? Pettitte mentions Sabathia when talking about this ‘core concept’, saying, “it’s just as sweet for me to see CC, Joba..” As an aside, it is curious that Pettitte gets a pass for his detour through Houston as a free agent. Maybe it’s because that canny bit of self-interest brought the Yankees the draft pick that landed Hughes. Anyway, instead of just letting Pettitte’s statement of camaraderie stand (and throw out this hogwash idea for an article), twist it like soft-serve:
“So they embrace the change, as they must.”
I have no idea what that means in any way whatsoever.
“And, of course, they are the Core Four – Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera.”
Three of those “core four” are the highest-compensated players at their positions in the Major Leauges. But because they are “core Yankees”, they keep both eyes on the prize. And should they bring it back to the Bronx, it shall be more theirs than anyone else on the other two teams?
“The Core Four are tearing up October again, turning it into their own private senior community. It can’t last forever, we keep worrying. For now, it’s still great fun to watch.
It very well may be great fun, despite each word in that article doing its sincere best to ruin it.