BRONX, N.Y. — It’s time to win a World Series. We’re long past the fun ride the 2017 season provided. Perhaps some New York Yankees and some fans learned the wrong lessons from that season. Yes, you overachieved. No, you did not win. You still haven’t.
There are standards and expectations around here in the Bronx. We proudly brag and boast with the best of them but this group needs to win a championship.
The “Baby Bombers” was a cool nickname and no disrespect to Harold Miner but nobody remembers “Baby Jordan.” They do remember Michael Jordan. Happy birthday, Michael.
When Buck Showalter told a struggling young Bernie Williams in 1993, “you know what comes after ninth, right?” Williams responded and stayed in the lineup through 2006. Perhaps Gary Sanchez will follow that example after being called out by general manager Brian Cashman.
It’s time for Gerrit Cole to become the new David Cone, as a de facto pitcher captain in the clubhouse, pushing and changing the culture and standards. It’s time for Luis Severino to put it all together as Ron Guidry did in his age 27 season.
It’s time for the rest of the pitching staff to reach beyond stuff and potential and learn how to get big timely outs like a Jimmy Key in the starting rotation or a Ramiro Mendoza out of the bullpen.
In 2019, manager Aaron Boone dubbed his team a bunch of “f—ing savages in the box.” That’s all fine and good. Yet, titles and nicknames should be earned. These Yankees can earn the title of champions by winning one.