Many Yankees fans were in shock Tuesday morning when they found out they lost the Cliff Lee Sweepstakes. They were even more in shock when they found out the Rangers didn’t win either. The Philadelphia Phillies came from behind to clinch Lee, adding power to their rotation. As of now, the Phillies have Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. The Yankees only have CC Sabathia, A.J Burnett and Phil Hughes, which means the Yankees have to ask Pettite for his return for one last season.
After Plan A and Plan B flew out the window, Cashman revealed another Plan “B”: Patience. Many reasons were speculated as to why Cliff Lee decided to join the Phillies in the first place. Lee answered that he enjoyed his time there and was heartbroken when he was traded to the Mariners during the 2009 off-season. Cashman is known for keeping negotiations out in the open. An example would be dealing with “dirty laundry” when he attempted to resign Derek Jeter. The speculation of his contract was made known to the whole world, even non-baseball fans knew Cashman’s tricks. After the contract was discussed and inked, Jeter revealed he was angry of how his contract negotations went. Maybe one reason that Lee didn’t sign to New York was that he was afraid the same thing would happen to him after his contract expired.
Even though Cliff Lee had disappointed many baseball fans, he still did right by his family, making sure that he chose a place where they would be comfertable. Even though Cliff Lee took a lower amount from the Phillies; 5 years, 120 Million, he was a smart man for making the decision the way he did. Cliff Lee is one smart man, and this just proves that not all the money in the world can buy him.
Yankees and Rays fans may rejoice, the Texas Rangers lost the World Series after Texas was unstoppable in the ALDS and ALCS. The Giants won the series 4-1 after Edgar Renteria hit a 3 run homer against Cliff Lee in a Game 5 rematch against Tim Lincecum. Lincecum ended up the winner only allowing one run in 8 innings while Cliff Lee allowed 3 runs in 7.
For the Yankees to feel satisfaction that the Rangers had lost is just close enough for words, and now all 30 ballclubs can now relax and get ready for the 2011 season. The chapter has closed on 2010 and finally we have a World Champion: San Francisco Giants. Let’s hope the Yankees can take it next year.
An awful end for the New York Yankees as they were steamrolled by Colby Lewis and the Rangers in a 6-1 victory against Phil Hughes. Despite the fact that CC Sabathia was ready in the bullpen for the Yankees, Joe Girardi went to David Robertson in the 5th inning after Hughes gave up a 3-1 lead to the Rangers. Robertson’s numbers for the postseason were not good at all, maybe even on the borderline of horrendous. The intent was to get Nelson Cruz out, but instead he drilled a 2 run homer off of Robertson in which Girardi went to the bullpen in the 6th inning. Making his final performance for the Yankees was Kerry Wood, who gave up one run in 2 innings of play.
“The Yankees wouldn’t have made it to the postseason without Kerry Wood.” spoke Susan Waldman on the WCBS880 Radio. Wood had a very big reason why they made it to the post season, but there will be no parade down the Canon of Heroes this year for the Yanks. What do the Yankees plan on doing now that the season is over?
Brett Gardner made it publicly known that he was to work on his bunting throughout the winter with John Sterling saying “If he was to be able to perfect that bunt and add it to his arsenal then his numbers will go up.” Mark Teixeira is working on making a comeback after a pulled hamstring kept him out of the last 2 games of the series. Andy Pettite is contemplating whether to come back this year to New York or to retire saying that his family is affecting what he is doing every step of the way. Robinson Cano plans on making those numbers blossom at large for the 2011 season and Nick Swisher? Rumors say that he will marry his fiance Joanna Garcia in December. Derek Jeter and Joe Girardi plan on getting their contracts renewed for the 2011 season and there’s even rumor that Girardi will get a raise. For Lance Berkman he plans to go back to Houston for the 2011 season saying he only left since he wanted to get a World Series ring. It looks as if Lance is going home empty handed. And Kerry Wood? He is asking for 11 Million Dollars from the Yankees to be their setup man next year, but the Yankees are unsure whether they will pay it. If they don’t then Wood will go somewhere else for the 2011 season.
So with the 2010 season at a close for the New York Yankees, the only thing they can do for now is to watch the Rangers take on either the Giants or the Phillies in the World Series. If I were to guess for them, I would say that the Yankees would want the National League to win, just to keep the Rangers World Series Championship hungry.
So to answer the question most fans have. We don’t know where the trophy goes, but knowing the Yankees that they can bounce back, the trophy just might stay in New York City. What do you guys think? Post your guesses in the comment box below.