Déjà Vu All Over Again?

25 Mar

Well it’s Spring! Although here on the east coast Spring has apparently been lionized for the entire month of March! But no matter what the weatherman says baseball and opening day shall spring eternal on the 31st.

And speaking of America’s favorite pastime, I have been a New York Yankee fan long enough to remember their 1965 collapse into mediocrity after a 1964 season that saw them finish one game away from the World Championship…for in 1965 as the great Yogi Berra might have phrased it, “The Yankees suddenly got old early out there.”

And now 48 years later the Yankees stand on the precipice of doing that very same thing again…but with a twist.

With aging heroes Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira,  Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter all on the disabled list the NY Yankees will owe players who will not be playing on opening day more money than 13 other major league teams will pay their entire roster to actually pitch, catch, hit, field and run when the games begin and the umpires declare “Play ball!”

This sobering fact is leading many fans, executives and experts to predict a last place finish this year for the mighty Yankees… Joltin’ Joe, say it ain’t so…

But still even without the afore mentioned players the 2013 NY Yankees will field a team with a combined payroll greater than all but 7 other teams in the major leagues and Yankee fans can expect to pay more money for season tickets and parking than most Yankees’ players were paid to play during the entire 1965 season.

Who knows what this means but it sure will be interesting to watch and see what happens to a team and its fans in the house that “tax exempt financing” built. Yankee Stadium is the most expensive baseball stadium ever constructed and although the Yankees paid for it (sort of)…They get to use their taxes to pay off their debt which would be like you getting to use your property taxes to pay off your mortgage… (sounds too good to be true doesn’t it?)

Will there be joy in Mudville this year? All I can say is “Stay tuned!” Because when this happened in 1965 the Yankees had to wait until free agency was invented before they could put themselves back together again.

But If it happens again this time, as a Yankee fan rooting for a team with seemingly unlimited resources,  in a city that can’t seem to wait to pick up the tab,  I’m hoping for the next best thing…

The invention of Cyborgs!

8 Responses to “Déjà Vu All Over Again?”

  1. momshieb March 25, 2013 at 11:49 pm #

    Go Red Sox!!!

    • Val March 26, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

      Amen to that, though all that’s going on with THAT team is its own story. I’m legitly a Red Sox fan, and have no real love for the team of my adopted hometown, Los Angeles. That said, I stand united with many in this city who are looking forward to baseball without Frank McCourt.

  2. bobdog93 March 26, 2013 at 12:23 am #

    I have been saying for several years that they need to get young. If they didnt this would happen. They are just to stubborn to know when to move on. Nice post.

  3. kingmidget March 26, 2013 at 2:40 am #

    As a Giants fan who finally got over decades of suffering with not one but two World Series wins in the last three years, all I can do is hope that the Yankees spend some time in the wilderness. 🙂 Sorry, but they represent everything that is perverted about the finances of the sport. The Dodgers seem to be replacing them now, but the inequities in revenue, producing inequities in expenditures, the buying of players and success, when smaller market teams can’t hope to compete, has ruined the sport for a lot of other MLB cities. I won’t mind a little suffering the the NYY franchise and its fans.

    • Val March 26, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

      And he’s not just saying that because he’s a Giants fan, sports in L.A. are REALLY hard to love because of the money involved, it’s obscene. The whole Clippers (perennial underdogs) doing insanely better than the Lakers brought quiet joy to their fans (and I’m not just saying that because I’m a Celtics fan).

  4. beretolsen March 26, 2013 at 4:02 am #

    As for cyborgs…it’s happening! http://phys.org/news174812133.html
    And as for baseball, I believe it was also Yogi Berra who said, “the sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.” Whatever you think about the finances of the game, there’s still a chance for a good season.

  5. The Gothamite March 26, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

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    • gpicone March 26, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

      Thanks! I appreciate your comments and thanks for reading 🙂

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