Two years ago today, at about this time, I took a train into the city to meet Olivia Moxey. She was a few days old at that point, the first-born daughter of my high school neighbor Emily and my college roommate Brian. How do I know it was exactly two years ago today that I met Olivia?
Because within a few hours that night, this happened. 
It was late night on December 13, 2010 that word began to spread of Cliff Lee’s decision to sign with the Phillies. The Yankees had been in the hunt. In fact, they’d made a huge offer. Lee was deciding between the Yankees, Phillies and Rangers. It was such a big deal that Brian Cashman had to do a conference all the next day to discuss a player he didn’t sign.
“Plan B is patience,” Cashman said that day. “We’ll engage the remaining free agent and trade market, and pursue what interests us at the level that we feel is appropriate.”
Of course, that patience lasted right up until the moment the Yankees signed Rafael Soriano.
Cashman is talking a lot about patience again this winter, but this time, there’s a sense that it might actually last.