It is a very common perception that the Yankees have had a disappointing season. With the Bombers sitting in 4th place and likely missing the play offs for the first time since 1993, many are quick to point out the issues that have brought the Yankees to this point. Despite this, the Yankees are quick to point out that they have managed to reach nearly all their goals set forth in Spring Training.
"I'm not sure why people are so disappointed in this team." Explained Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman. "Everything we said we were going to do we did."
What Cashman is referring to is the goals that the Yankees as a team and players individually set forth for the season.
"For example, I said that I would build a championship team." Continued Cashman. "But I was talking about our minor league teams, one of which has won a championship already and another that's still playing in the post season. I built two championship teams."
Looking back at quotes the Yankees made during spring training, they actually make a good point. Take a look at these quotes from Yankees players and staff about their season aspirations:
"All my life I've always wanted to win a 'Comeback Player of the Year' award. I used to dream about it as a child. The only way I can win it though, is if I really suck this season, and then set myself up for 2009." - Robinson Cano
"I think I want to have a strong first month, and then get sent to the minors." - Melky Cabrera
"I want to set a personal record for grounding into double plays in a single month." - Alex Rodriguez
"I want to see how long I can carry a shoulder injury before needing to go on the DL." - Jorge Posada
"I hope to get traded by mid-season." - Kyle Farnsworth
"I hope to pitch." - Carl Pavano
"If I can manage this team into 4th place, I'd feel like I've made an impact." - Joe Girardi
"I want the bats to go cold on my watch. Its easier than getting these millionaire's to hit when you need them to." - Kevin Long
So as you can all plainly see, the signs have been there since spring training. If only we had listened to them then, we could have saved ourselves a ton of heartache and stress following this abomination known as the 2008 Yankees.