Call me crazy but I think that February 13 is way too early to declare the 2013 season a lost cause, don't you? Not according to John Harper of the New York Daily News who is already throwing dirt onto the Yankees' grave. In his piece, which ran this morning, the headline predicts the doom and gloom: "Alex Rodriguez recovering from hip surgery, fighting more PED allegations and Yankees aging and injured roster just more reason to write off Bombers in 2013."
- The Yankees are old. Check!
- The Yankees are doomed. Check!
- It's the end of an era. Check!
The article is really about the perception of the club. Executives and scouts were saying all winter how the Yankees were vulnerable and that this may finally be the year they don't make the playoffs. Haven't we been hearing this nonsense for the past ten years? And the only time people were right was in 2008. As recently as 2010, there were sports personalities throwing dirt on the grave of the Yankees, some even went so far as to say that they wouldn't make the playoffs while they were in the lead for the Division at the time.
And there is a brief mention of A-Rod and the Biogenesis scandal because that's what the headline was about. You have to pull the audience in and trick them into reading an article that almost has nothing to do with the headline. That could be the headline writer's fault and not Harper's but it's still silly just the same.
No one knows what's going to happen this year. Is there a chance the Yankees miss the playoffs? Of course there is. There's a chance a lot of teams will miss the playoffs but how about waiting until games are actually played before burying the team? What a concept!