Sorry about my absence from the site this past week. I wasn’t avoiding the horror of the Angels series, although I consider myself fortunate to have missed it entirely. Instead I was a groomsman at a wedding in Inverness, California. I strongly recommend you have your wedding there. The cheese and wine cannot be beat. Plus, I’ll gladly attend and dance the night away. Proudest moment of my life, maybe: An older lady told me I was the best dancer at the party. This happened to me once at Wesleyan when a very nice hippie, who was quite high, said I was the best dancer at another party. Both said that I was the best because I really looked like I was into it. At least a few kind-hearted people reward effort. And that’s what I’d like to do for the 2008 New York Yankees. They’re trying. They really are. They’re just not a post-season team this year. It feels weird to say it and I actually mean it, but it’s true.
The Yanks of 2008 have suffered through some bad luck, some poor planning maybe, and some performance declines (looks like our captain is getting old). One thing that doesn’t seem to get a lot of attention, however, is that the Yanks have a lot tougher competition these days. The Red Sox have become perrenial winners. The Devil Rays are run by very smart people finally. Looking ahead, I can see the Orioles emerging from their decade-long slumber. Baseball teams have become smarter since the days of the Yankee dynasty. And still, the Yanks are one of the better-run organizations going. I’d like to think this means the future is okay for the Bombers. With their money, I do expect them to add a couple of stars to the mix without giving up their still-promising future talent. In the meantime, there are still games to be played this season. Sometimes the best team doesn’t win. There’s hope in that fact for this Yankees fan. And there is certainly hope next year and beyond.