Sometimes persistence and enduring tough times are rewarded. Last season – just to give an example – it happened for the Washington Nationals, Toronto Raptors and Andy Reid. They’ve been saying for years that they couldn’t win the big one, they did.
But you could persevere and be the current Houston Rockets or Los Angeles Dodgers (at least entering this postseason) or Patrick Ewing Knicks. You may be enticing your life, convincing yourself that next year is your year.
You are Houston Oilers manager Bum Phillips who lost consecutive AFC titles to the Pittsburgh Steelers four decades ago and swore to a fan base: “A year ago, we knocked on the door. This year we knocked on the door. Next year we will kick that son of a bitch. “
Except they didn̵
They are all Sisyphus. They see the top of the mountain, but the rock rolls back and they have to start all over again.
This is where today’s Yankees reside, with Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman holding a déjà Zoom press conference on Wednesday explaining the frustration of being so close and so far away for another year.
Boone said, “You realize how close you are to being a league team. … It devours you and motivates you and it’s something we have to live with. “
Boone said how “razor thin” the difference was between the Yankees and the teams that took them down in his three years as manager. A few meters from a Gary Sanchez grand slam in the ninth inning that would have forced a decisive match of the 2018 division 5 series against a Red Sox team that could have finished the pitch. Overtaking the Astros in the 2019 ALCS and the Rays in the 2020 Division Series – drew 1-1 across seven innings of a decisive 5 match just last week against Tampa Bay.
“We’re trying to break that door down,” said Boone, who has a contract option for 2021. “We’re trying to climb that mountain. We know how close and capable we are to do it. This is the motivation. My contact state and everything will take care of itself. My goal is to take us to the top of the mountain. “
Now they have to decide if this is essentially the right group for another ascent. Hal Steinbrenner has already stated that Boone will be back. He is weaker inside the clubhouse for Game 2 of the division series decision to carry J.A. Does it happen behind an inning of Deivi Garcia? Passive-aggressive Happ disagree with the choice. CC Sabathia, a Yankee adviser, criticized the decision on his podcast. It would be hard to believe that other players have no doubts about strategy.
Modern teams have an executive collective that provides data and advice to managers to make choices, especially non-traditional ones. However, players generally still want to believe the manager is making the final decision. Both Boone and Cashman insist that this is the case. Boone said he didn’t imagine having to re-establish it with his clubhouse, explaining, “Our people understand it’s my decision.”
We’ll see. We will also see who those “people” are. To that end, Boone asked to “keep in perspective how close we are.” What will need to be diagnosed internally is whether it is “close enough” to essentially retry the same core or make seismic changes to the list.
Nothing will affect choices like how much Cashman has to spend – or not spend – and he said he won’t “wire” what his payroll will be once it is provided to him. But he noted that the organization’s revenue losses created by COVID were real. So expect the cut to be at least below the 2021 luxury tax threshold of $ 210 million, so $ 30 million or more.
So while Boone and Cashman praised DJ LeMahieu, Masahiro Tanaka, Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres, they didn’t say that free agents LeMahieu and Tanaka will be back or that Sanchez is still the starting catcher or Torres the starting shortstop. There was no commitment to diversify the strongly right training. Cashman is too veteran and shy to lock himself into positions a few days in the off-season before he has even had formal scouting meetings.
But as much as the individual staff, the Yankees will have to ask if they keep Stockton and Malone-ing or if the formula is stale. They made a huge investment – their Kwahi Leonard move – for Gerrit Cole last season. It worked for the Raptors, not the Clippers or the Yankees. In this offseason, are the Yanks moving pieces that have been successful in New York to improve the defense in the center, add more left-handed shots and provide financial wiggle room to deepen the pitching staff?
“We have a championship roster, I think that’s a fact,” Cashman said. “We are not the champions. This too is a fact. “
Do they really have a league roster that they should stick to to kick the door? Or am I Glenn Close and, therefore, still so far from a title?