6 Oct 2015
I hate the fact that Joe Girardi insisted on changing his number from 27 to 28 after the Yankees won the World Series in 2009. To suggest that a season that ends without championship is a failure is an insult to the 29 other teams in baseball and a simply impossible standard to hold yourself to.
This season ended badly, there is no doubting that. But step back from tonight and look at the big picture. This was a team that only the most diehard optimists even thought would make the playoffs. They did, and for the first time in a long time, the Yankees have several young players to look forward to and use in the future. Greg Bird came up and hit 11 homers in 46 games. Luis Severino made 11 starts and pitched to a 2.89 ERA. Didi settled in and hit .294/.345/.415 in the second half. Eovaldi turned a big corner and looked dominant in the 2nd half. Refsnyder and Ackley looked very good, in albeit very small samples. The back end of the bullpen looks to be a huge strength for years to come.
That doesn’t mean there isn’t work to be done. If the Yankees want to get back to winning World Series there is a lot of work to be done. But that shouldn’t diminish what this season was. The 2015 Yankees were a success, not a huge one, but a success nonetheless.