Olympian gold-medalist Bob Richards once said:
“It may sound strange, but many champions are made champions by setbacks.”
And I think most sports fans would agree with this sentiment wholeheartedly.
As in any sport, to call yourself a champion is a title you have to earn first; but regarding baseball the longevity of the 162-game season makes multiple obstacles inevitable; and is that is why MLB has an allotted trading period for teams withstand Father Time a little better.
At this point in the 2012 season, I think it safe to say that the New York Yankees qualify, as a team who has endured some big blows, work to overcome them, and only to get hit harder again.
As just less than a week ago the Yankees had no need to be buyers at the trade deadline, not even really potential ones.
Well, how quickly things changed, as the Bombers two best pitchers got injured this past week in a matter of 24 hours.
First ace CC Sabathia went down; but the Yankees relaxed in the fact that they had lefty Andy Pettitte still and until about five innings later; and then the veteran Southpaw broke his leg after being hit by a line drive in his left shin.
To say that Yankee fans were in shock would be an understatement especially when the team was playing so well. The fright of having already gotten away with MO has to make fans worry. And these two recent injuries still have the power to reverse the season’s momentum in the blink of an eye. This is TBD.
WHERE THE YANKEES STAND NOW:
After splitting a four game set against the White Sox over the weekend, the Yankees have a six-game lead in the AL East but the Orioles and Red Sox are staying close; and any knowledgeable baseball fan knows that can change in an instant.
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