It has arrived. YANKEE opening day game for the 2014 season. This will be an epic season. Derek Jeter, the last member of the 'Core Four', will play his final season for the YANKEES. Jeter who has been the best player in Major League Baseball over the past twenty years, winning more games, appearing in more playoffs, winning more pennants and winning more World Series than any player has announced his retirement. Jeter whose brilliant defense solidifying the middle of the YANKEE infield with far ranging defense, making countless plays look routine, and also making plays in the biggest events that no other shortstop in baseball could make but could only dream of, will play his last season at shortstop. Jeters retirement will be celebrated by every team in every ballpark he visits throughout the season. Jeter, who has been the most positive face of Major League Baseball during his career deserves every accolade he gets, why, because he earned it on the field with WINS. And winning and wins has and always will be the determining factor in the greatest players of any era. Derek Jeter has been the best baseball has had to offer for the past twenty years.
After last seasons injury plagued year where so many YANKEE players had so many injuries with so many games not played, the YANKEES hung on to a playoff run right up to the last week of the season and still posted a winning record for the season. The YANKEE players set the record for game time lost by players for any one season in baseball history. Over the winter, the YANKEES were active in rebuilding the team. The injured are healthy again, the YANKEES signed several solid WIN METHOD players who wanted to wear the YANKEE uniform and now will get a chance to prove what it means to be a YANKEE.
The WIN METHOD looks for the YANKEES to win at least 93 games this season and that is minimum, but the sky is the limit and 100+ games is not impossible. Captain Derek Jeter will lead his team to the playoffs and the new crop of YANKEES will follow the leader to the playoffs.
The YANKEE outfield is solid and deep. The infield anchored by Jeter and Teixeira at shortstop and first base and the addition of Brian Roberts at second base and Kelly Johnson at third base will be brilliant defensively and more than adequate offensively. Catcher Brian McCann is a major upgrade behind the plate. The pitching staff, starting with the starting rotation is second to none in baseball, and the bullpen will be more than adequate. There is no question that the retirement of Mariano Rivera leaves a hole, but hopefully David Robertson who has been groomed to fill Mo's closing spot will not let the team down. Another great factor in making this 2014 YANKEE team better is the banishment from baseball of one of the biggest liars and cheats in baseball being gone. The distraction of afraud is gone for 2014.
Don't forget WIN METHOD fans, every player on the team helps in their own way, forget individual stats, it is wins that will determine who goes to the playoffs and all we want to do is win. So, lets get ready for the comeback ride of the 2014 season. LETS GO YANKEES!