As fictional President Jed Bartlet was fond of saying, “What’s next?” Let’s take a look, starting with the most obvious free agent — Robinson Cano.
Wednesday, Oct. 2, was the third day of the scheduled (for now) five-day Alex Rodriguez arbitration at 245 Park Ave.
“He knows we’d like to have him stay and continue as manager of the New York Yankees as we move forward,” general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday.
“Right now I’m not thinking about it, and to be honest, I can’t think about it right now,” the 38-year-old said on Monday, according to the New York Post. “At this stage, I’m not really thinking about it.”
Following the Yankees’ worst year since 1992, there are a whole lot of questions and not many answers. Manager Joe Girardi hasn’t even committed to returning.
“I want to keep that memory of mine,” Rivera told the crowd of 40,542, second largest of the season at Minute Maid Park behind Opening Day. “For that, I apologize. You guys deserved more, but I’m being a little selfish.”
Andy Pettitte’s final start was a storybook finish — a complete game win over the Astros on Saturday.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi says legendary closer Mariano Rivera can play center field in Houston if he wants to.
I had just come from the clubhouse, along with a throng of reporters, swarming and barking at him like hyenas. Everyone wants to be like him. Everyone wants to be him. Everyone wants a piece of his peace.
Rivera put his head on Andy Pettitte’s right shoulder and sobbed. The end had arrived, at least for his career in the Yankees’ home pinstripes.
Despite baseball’s highest opening-day payroll at $230 million, the Yankees failed to claim one of the 10 playoff berths. “It hurts,” manager Joe Girardi said after it was over.
Haters have waited a decade for the day to come, when the money, the love, and the luck run dry on the Yankees. The rest have wrestled with the pristine precedent, whether this is finally 1965 redux.
Looking ahead with the realization that Rivera and Pettitte will be gone, that other key players are well past their primes and that the team will be mired in medical and/or legal issues, it brings a certain amount of trepidation for Bombers fans.
Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera deserved a storybook ending Sunday, but things do happen in this game. Still, it was quite a day at the Stadium.