- Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to bid on Kei Igawa.
- It probably was a bad idea to sign Kyle Farnsworth to a pretty pricey contract.
- The Yanks are not good enough to simply throw away a position (1st base).
- Perhaps signing Johnny Damon will actually hurt the Yanks more than help them when all is said and done.
- That Carl Pavano guy might not have what it takes to make it in New York.
- Jarett Wright…not so much.
- Carlos Beltran wanted to play for the Yanks.
- Vladimir Guerrero is younger and better than Gary Sheffield.
- Ted Lilly was cheaper and better than Jeff Weaver who was cheaper and better than Kevin Brown.
- Javier Vazquez is a good pitcher who would be of use to the Yanks right now.
Hindsight is 20/20 as they say. It’s also unaccountable and self-serving. But this season has been such a nightmare for Brian Cashman that there seem to be a lot of newspaper items these days calling into question his competence. The mistakes of yesterday all seem to be coming back to haunt the Bombers now. Take one example: What if the Yanks had signed Beltran and avoided signing Pavano and Wright and making the expensive trade for the Big Unit? Wouldn’t they have been better in 2005 as well as today?
There was a haiku I once read somewhere:
Regret in the past
Insistence in the present
Doom in the future
But the present is so grim, so does that mean we’re already in the future?
In other words, the Yanks are making me sad these days. This is game 83, which means we’re past the half-way mark. What to do but just root now? The Yanks send out one of their regrets (perhaps it is too early to declare that?) against control-expert Kevin Slowey, who many compare to Brad Radke. Comment on all the action here.