As you might have gathered, Sam and I are big fans of the West Wing. We quote it in our video chats, we quote it when we sit next to one another in the press box and we go out of our way to quote it in emails to one another. Lucky for us, we sit next to Mark Feinsand at Yankee Stadium, and he’s one of the few people in the world who actually enjoys our President Bartlet references.
And among Bartlet’s go-to phases is this one: What’s next?
Short. Simple. To the point. One thing is done. There’s no need to discuss it any further. What’s next?
For the Yankees, Mariano Rivera seems like a done deal, and Derek Jeter seems close behind him. There’s a chance these deals could be finished by the end of the weekend — by the time Brian Cashman is scaling that building in Stamford in an elf costume — meaning the Yankees can quickly turn their focus to the Winter Meetings and their most pressing need: Fixing the rotation.
It’s not time to shift attention yet. The Yankees still have to lock down their own icons, but that seems like a formality at this point. Then they can get to work on Cliff Lee.
That’s what’s next.