Joe Torre should be fired. He managed four world champions, his teams won the American League East in 1996 and then every year from 1998 through 2006, and besides that, he did it all in New York. But he should be fired. The Yankees haven’t won the World Series since 2000 despite their ridiculous payroll. If it’s possible, they’re underachieving even though they’re in the playoffs every year. They’re the New York Yankees. They should win the Series every year, no matter what, duh!
So what if they spent $195 million this season? Those players ought to know they have to earn their salaries, except for Carl Pavano. There’s also no chance that the Yankees overpaid for their players in the first place, adjusting the market for them and pretending those players were actually worth it. And yet, when it came down to crunch time, it was Chien-Ming Wang (salary: $489, 500) on the hill for the pinstripes.
Look, I’ve been attempting to talk up this clusterf–k like one of those smarmy, know-it-all bloggers, but we all know what’s going on. The Yankees are an unmitigated disaster, not because of their record but because they are a parody of themselves. As the saying goes, history happens twice; the first time as tragedy and the second time as farce. This is definitely the farce. They won four titles between 1996 and 2000 and haven’t won once since because they sold out. That’s right, they sold out. They had a ton of success with a well-built team and for no reason at all, they decided to start spending even more money. Marquee names started coming in, but the championships left. The organization got sucked into its own hype.
I’ll admit it, in 1996, I was a little happy for the Yankees when they won their title. Charlie Hayes made the last out, for God’s sake. It’s not like they had been winning much before that anyway. Three more titles later, suddenly the fans, press and owner want to know what the players and manager have done for them lately. Now they have a payroll that’s double that of all but six teams and everyone seems to say they have nothing to show for it. Actually, they have plenty to show for it. It’s their own fault for offering those players that much money. Besides, more playoff teams came from the bottom ten payrolls than from the top five. It’s actually tied 3-3, but I’m counting the Padres as a playoff team because I’m bitter.
Even though they won 94 games in a “down” year, a result that would have won every division in the National League and tied for the AL West title, suddenly Joe Torre has to go. Worse, the organization is making a big production of whether or not they’ll keep the manager that has guided the team for 12 seasons, four championships, 10 division titles, and playoff appearances every single, solitary season. Hell, even Tom Brady is a fan. They have also lost in the World Series twice since their last title, so they’ve obviously had a sniff. But yeah, the guy has to go because the team hasn’t won a championship recently.
All Joe Torre has done for the Yankees is hold the team together while the front office does its very best to destroy the proudest franchise in American sports. They spend too much, expect the wrong things, and get upset when the team “just” makes the playoffs and has the same shot at the title as everyone else. New Yorkers seem to only want a sure thing, a team that goes 173-0 (including playoffs). Guess what guys, playoff baseball is largely left up to chance. No payroll or Derek Jeter will always get the job done in baseball. Even the best hitters get out about 68 percent of the time. I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that a classy guy like Joe Torre would be treated like this by the Yankees. Maybe America needs a new marquee franchise.
Too bad everyone hates the Patriots.