By Cole Hoyt, Contributing Writer and Loyal Yankees Fan
It truly has been a pleasure to cover the greatest franchise in sports history, The New York Yankees. Covering the Bombers has truly been a crazy ride. With the injuries, wins, losses, achievements, it was no doubt a memorable season. Personally, I have learned that baseball is more than a game, it is a way of life. As cliché as this may sound, it is true. While covering the most historic franchise in baseball history I was able to learn more about the character of the team. Lets face it. The Yankees on paper are the most powerful and dominant team in the Majors. But it is w hat they do off the field as well that makes them the best. It is the way that future Hall of Famer, Derek Jeter carries himself on the field as well as to reporters that shows his true greatness. Recently, my thoughts about manager Joe Girardi were confirmed. He is the best manager in the league. No one would have ever thought to pull the highest paid player in the majors. But not only did he think of it, he wasn’t afraid of the consequences that he may have faced. It is this confidence in all players on the team that contributes to the winning ways of the New York Yankees.
I was nervous about how the loss of the greatest closer in the history of baseball would affect the team. It was understandable how many of the Yankees faithful were somewhat nervous when Rafael Soriano stepped in. Being able to substitute any player for a superstar and have them preform to the highest of degree in some of the highest pressure is what makes the Yankees a regular contender for the ring. Among the many factors that continue to make the Pinstripes the most feared in baseball is the fact that they will never settle for anything less than winning it all. So while some of the other teams in the league may be happy with making the playoffs, it is a given that the Yankees, including the front office, will do what ever it takes to get back to get the opportunity to put on the rings.
It is unfortunate the way the Yankees ended the season. But what makes me hopeful is the tradition and the fact that the Yankees will not let down the best fans in baseball next year. While winning is not guaranteed, what is however, is the fact that the Yankees will fight with all they have to get back to the World Series. It truly have been a privilege to cover the Yankees and I have surely been blessed. I am forever thankful for the opportunity. Go Yankees!
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