In addition to the fact that the Yankees buy their talent, the organization as a whole comes off extremely arrogant. In the past ten seasons, the Yankees have won as many World Series titles as the: Arizona Diamondbacks, Anaheim Angels, Florida Marlins, Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, and Philadelphia Phillies. And, here is the kicker Yankee fans, the Yanks have won one less World Series title in the last ten seasons than the Boston Red Sox. We can also add the part about missing out on coveted free agent outfielder Carl Crawford who also spurned the Yankees this off-season but took his talents to Boston. But that is irrelevant. So this arrogance is based on…..? Past World Series titles? And most of the players from them are either retired or deceased? Yeah, that makes a ton of sense. Do I wish the Phillies had 27 World Series titles? Yes. Do I wish the Phillies acted like the Yankees? Never. Never ever. No way. I would be embarrassed if the Phillies Front Office acted that way. I’d be embarrassed if a Phillie did what Jorge Posada did. And if a Phillie does act like that, we ship him out (e.g. Scott Rolen).
The Yankees past certainly is still respected. Like Babe Ruth, some of his records will never be broken. The Iron Horse, Lou Gehrig set so many records and was one of the good guys in baseball. Look at Mickey Mantle, he made the World Series in 12 of his first 14 seasons in the Majors. Roger Maris is still considered by baseball purists to be the single season homerun king. Pretty impressive stuff. But today’s Yankees? No respect because they don’t deserve it (excluding some: Jeter, Rivera, etc.). A-Rod was busted for doing steroids and is still under investigation. Posada doesn’t want to play unless he is hitting where he wants to hit in the lineup. Do people really think that a rental player like Freddy Garcia or Bartolo Colon is truly honored to put on the pinstripes the way that Jeter, Mattingly, Mantle, Berra, or Gehrig was? Nope.