Joe Girardi on Yankees season: World Series an ‘all or nothing’ proposition
The New York Yankees unparallelled run of historic success cannot be questioned, nor is there another MLB team that has obviously enjoyed as much postseason success historically. Still, the Yankees’ recent history has not been as friendly when it comes to finishing seasons hoisting a trophy.
More than that, the Bronx Bombers have failed to qualify for the playoffs the past two seasons and have won only one World Series in the past 14 seasons, in 2009.
But the team’s recent struggles mean little to the Yankees when it comes to its long-term organizational approach. And to an esteemed and historically successful franchise like the Yankees, it’s World Series or bust every single season, regardless of the realistic prospects of ultimately attaining such a lofty goal.
Yankees skipper Joe Girardi indicated as much with comments made over the weekend regarding how he envisions the 2015 MLB campaign playing out for his team.
“That’s why we come to camp, that’s why we train, it’s the World Series, that’s our goal,’’ Girardi said, via the New York Post. “To me it’s all or nothing. That’s why you play.’’
But will high aspirations to translate to on-field success in 2015? Girardi seems to believe the blueprint is there for such an eventuality to occur and the Yankees can in fact reach the postseason.
“I think guys understand the expectations here,” Girardi said, via Newsday. “Even the guys who haven’t been here understand the expectations and feel we have something to prove.”
The Yankees’ roster is an aging one full of questions marks — how Alex Rodriguez will contribute in particular remains a mystery wrapped inside an enigma — and most pundits don’t expect the team to roll throughout the AL East.
However, no matter the team’s recent history, its organizational pedigree speaks for itself and one should never count them out … at least as hope springs eternal in April.
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