Most people, myself included, felt that the Yankees needed to at least win this series against the Red Sox if not sweep to have a chance at the wild card. Now with the season officially over, and both Hank and Cash having recently made statements about how bad the Yanks have been, it's time to ask what next year's team will look like. I'm guessing the Yanks go hard after Teixera and Sabbathia. Maybe Hughes will turn into a good pitcher, but I frankly don't have much hope for Ian Kennedy. The question is will we be making excuses for Manny being Manny come next season.
As the sox we're pounding us yesterday I was talking to a friend of mine who is a sox fan about Manny. While he doesn't think Bay is an adequate replacement, he feels like it's a good thing that Manny is gone because despite bending over backwards to make him happy he was a perennial malcontent. One thing he pointed out is the Sox should never have started the "Manny being Manny" thing, since all it accomplished was letting him get away with being ridiculous and he still ended up forcing the team to let him go. Now I know that Manny has another side to this story but I always hated the Manny being Manny nonsense and my friend was right to fault the Red Sox for excusing everything Manny did with a stupid line like that.
Recently Manny was asked to get a hair cut by Joe Torre and essentially refused. More accurately, he essentially insulted Joe by only cutting an inch, as if to say "I'm Manny and I do whatever I want." It's the equivalent of holding a finger an inch from someone's face and saying I'm not touching you. The thing is, when a living legend like Joe Torre tells you to get a hair cut, you get a #$%@&* hair cut. I wonder if Manny cost himself the sort of contract he was hoping for with that little display.
Regardless, a team like New York, a team expected to make the play offs every year, might be interested in a bat like his. Thing is, in NY he has to cut his hair and their won't be any patience for his ridiculous ego. Which may mean if he did sign, that he'd be looking for a trade come July. So will the Yanks test the waters? Should they test the waters? Is this a guy we should take a risk on?
In answering, please take into account the fact that we probably won't be playing in October and that the Yankees have a moral obligation to spend as much money as possible to ensure that this never ever ever happens again so long as the earth is orbiting the sun and human life is still being supported on this planet, or any other for that matter.