9 Oct 2007
I just watched Joe Torre’s postgame press conference and hearing him refer to the Yankees future as “their future” and not “our future” made me sick. Great job by the fans chanting his name in the 8th when he came out and made the pitching change and he deserves better than this ending.
But, this is the way it will end. In the next few days, I fully expect the Yankees to let him go. After that, who knows what happens. Will Posada and Mo want to play in New York without Joe? Will Pettitte stay if he has to play under a new manager? What’s going to happen with A-Rod?
All of those quesions are going to be vital to the 2008 Yankees and while we don’t know a lot of the answers right now, I think we can all agree on the overall need. This team has to get younger and has to find a way to get players who are on the way up and not the way down joining the organization. Getting rid of Torre and all of the questions with the roster offer uncertainty but also opportunity. Heading into 2008 we know the Yankees have the biggest resources in the game and they finally have some young pitchers who should anchor the rotation going forward. This is a moment for sadness, but it can also be a moment to cement the foundations of the next dynasty. That is what I will address over the next few days, after I am done mourning.