When Yankees GM Brian Cashman admitted yesterday that the Yankees are contending for one of the Wild Cards this year, he made me look very good. Before the season began I predicted they would win the second Wild Card. Then, on July 10th, I again went on record as saying they were Wild Card contenders.
So, where's my prize?
Just kidding. Cashman's admission is very rare. In fact, the acts of his bosses, the Steinbrenners (or, lack thereof), are very rare, too. This front office is in uncharted waters.
Very often this season, I have thought about how different things would be this year if George Steinbrenner were still alive. Just yesterday I was thinking that Michael Young would have been a Yankee by now, with The Boss having ordered his minions to pay the Phillies' exorbitant asking price. I would also venture to say that, perhaps, Albert Pujols would be in pinstripes by now as well.
But none of that has happened, is happening or will happen. We live in a new Yankees Universe, one in which trades are fantasies and Wild Cards are realities.