Next up in our month-long guest blogger program is Dave from New York Super Blog.
Dave has been blogging for only a few months but has been a Yankees fan for 29 years. His fondest memories were going to Yankee Stadium wiith his father. “After reading everyone else’s blogs and commenting there, I thought I would start NYSuperBlog.com to rant on my own,” he said. Here is Dave post:
Joe Torre left the Yankees as one of the most successful and embraced managers that Major League Baseball has ever witnessed. With a Yankee record of 1,173 wins and 767 losses, itâ€™s hard to argue with what he has done for this franchise. He was loved and respected by fans from California all the way through the deepest depths of Fenway Park. That grand time in Yankee history has now passed on to our former catcher, Mr. Joe Girardi. Think he has big shoes to fill? You bet.
At first glance, his record in Florida (78-84 with a fourth place finish in the NL East) is not that impressive. He was working with a youthful team made up of mostly no-names in which only two players on the roster broke the $1 million salary mark. Joe was brought there to cultivate that young team, give them the structure they need to be a powerhouse again and work with all that raw talent to create a contender. He still has the young talent now, mixed in with some veterans, one of the best players that has ever lived and plenty to spend on what he needs. What can he do with all of this? your popcorn ready! (Thanks T.O.)
Questions circling Girardi and how he will manage the team have been swirling since taking over in October. Everyone knows the rumors of his dealings with players behind closed doors in Florida and there is definitely some curiosity on how he will deal in New York. Come on, the way people describe him itâ€™s like he walks around the locker room after the game billy-clubbing players that didnâ€™t perform up to his standards. This hard-nosed, take-no-prisoners mystique has given him a major hurdle to get over even before he takes the field. Girardi is dramatically different in managing style than Torre, but thatâ€™s not always a problem. We have a guy that can motivate young players and groom them into stars. Ask Miguel Cabrera if Girardi had a hand in his success. That is exactly what the Yankees need right now. We have a team of young guns eager to go out and show the world what they have. Thatâ€™s where Girardi might have an advantage on what Torre had. I canâ€™t wait to see guys like Wang, Cano, Joba, Hughes, Kennedy and Cabrera flourish under Girardi! Expect great things to come.
No one supported Torre and cursed Steinbrenner after that horror show of a â€œnegotiationâ€ following the season than me. I will miss Torre, his presence, the unity he brought in the clubhouse and the respect he received from his players. The way he managed was unbelievable. But I truly believe that Girardi will be equally as successful, if not take the team even further. We have a new manager, Hank Steinbrenner (GM, owner or whatever he wants to be today) and staff that really wants to guide this team back on track.
Lets back our new manager, watch him get his second Manager of the Year award and get us #27!