2010 also promises to be what 2009 wasn’t. Along with 1996 and 1998, 2009 will go down as one of the three best Yankee seasons of my lifetime to date (Ed. note: Me too) but the season took the road less traveled to get to its goal. After the Bombers missed the postseason in 2008, 2009 began shaping up as a season of immediate promise. When the Yankees signed Mark Teixeira, stunning the baseball universe, 2009 became my most anticipated baseball season. I couldn’t wait for the games to begin.
Suddenly 2009 had gone from being the baseball season I’d anticipated most to something that looked like the next chapter in an ongoing saga of Yankee dysfunction. And, while it’s easy to overlook now, the Bombers responded in kind. Mark Teixiera and CC Sabathia got off to slow starts and the team was below .500 through May, and then A-Rod finally returned.
But for me, something was lost. (Right now a Kansas City Royals fan is reading this, stunned to learn that this Yankee fan wanted something more from the 2009 season, and furiously trying to figure out where I live.) I wouldn’t change a thing about 2009, but I had expected it to be a season of out-and-out dominance. It wasn’t, at least not in the first half. The Yankees gave us a bit of a roller coaster ride. In addition to the A-Rod soap opera, the team also gave us such gems as losing two of 3 to the Nationals and their first eight against the Red Sox.
What I love most is that I get to have a front row seat. The Yankees could once again play .450 ball in April and shatter my illusion, but right now anything is possible and the fun is only just beginning.