Face facts, Yankee fans, your team is in decline. The last 18 years has been a great run. Five World Championships, playoff appearances in every season except 2008, and a list of all-stars that will be able to hang their plaques in Cooperstown one day.
But all great runs, including the Roman Empire, have to come to an end at some point. And, believe it or not, that's a very good thing, even for these Yankees and their fans.
Is there any comparison that can be made between the electricity at Yankee Stadium in the late 90s and today? Absolutely none. The playoff series against Detroit last October was embarrassing. The grand new stadium had over 10,000 empty seats. In '95, you couldn't find standing room seats for the wild card round against Seattle. My, how times of changed. In fact, in that series, fans hardly needed seats because they were standing and going wild after a 14 year absence from the post season.
In modern terms, the Yankees need to "reboot." They have an overpriced product that needs a good cleansing. And that should begin with letting Cano go off to Hollywood to get his 30 million a year that the Dodgers will without question offer him.
Should the Yankees make the ill-advised decision to pony up that money, it still won't assure them a playoff appearance anytime soon. Mariano Rivera officially announced his retirement today, we've seen the last of A-Rod, Derek Jeter has become fragile, Mark Texiera is in major decline, Curtis Granderson is quickly becoming the Rob Deer of this generation with his all-or-nothing approach to hitting, and their best pitcher, CC Sabathia is coming off surgery.
The other issue with Cano is the x-factor of PEDs. It's a sad commentary, but is anyone else just a little suspect of the potential that Robbie has dabbled with them? I am not making any accusations here. I repeat, I am not making any accusations. But my mother always used to tell me you are who your friends are. Cano worked out with PED users A-Rod and Melky Cabrera during the off-season a couple of years back. If I am the Yankees' GM, do I really pony up the $240 million or so to keep him with this tidbit in the back of my head?
I happen to love the way Cano plays the game. He has become Joe Morgan with more power. Nobody turns the double play "flip" like he does. But he just isn't worth the investment on what will still prove to be a second division team.
And regarding the Yankees, a few years of losing seasons before a new revival, with bright young stars will do wonders for that mausoleum up in the Bronx. Opposing teams will once again fear the "jungle" that was once such an imposing place to play.
For the Yankees and Cano, it's time to move on.