The World Series starts tomorrow night in Chicago (those words haven’t been written since 1959), and pitching is the name of the game. Interestingly enough, ex-Yankees make up much of the stars of the rotations for both teams. Pettitte and Clemens for the Astros, and Contreras and El Duque for the White Sox.
You could argue that if the Yankees had just kept those four, things would have been a lot better in NY the last two seasons. I mean, given the failed experiments that Carl Pavano, Jaret Wright and the rest of the Yankees starters have been for the last two seasons, they could hardly have done worse. Many baseball writers thought that Clemens and Pettitte leaving was a foregone conclusion, but I don’t believe that for a minute.
Pettitte was never made to feel wanted, and a real power push for both of them would have probably worked. The problem was that the Yankees, these Yankees, don’t seem to realize that they no longer have the ability to just want a player for that player to come here. They are no longer the World Champion New York Yankees. They are the Yankees, and while, for any player, that still holds some sway, things have changed.
The dynasty is over. Derek Jeter must feel terrible watching all of his old teammates in the Series while he is hanging out with starlets.