LADY AT THE BAT: Rare Walk-Off Win For Yankees: Part Of The Problem, Not The Solution

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Rare Walk-Off Win For Yankees: Part Of The Problem, Not The Solution

It's easy to feel great about a baseball team after they win a game in walk-off fashion. Yesterday was no different, as the Yankees did so for the second time this season. Starlin Castro hit one "with all his might," as John Sterling is fond of saying, before welcoming the traditional Gatorade bath a few feet from home plate.

However, if you're still celebrating that win right now, I feel compelled to ask you to tone it down a bit. Ideally, you should stop, but I'll understand if you say you can't. After all, these types of wins are all too rare for this 2016 Yankees team.

This rarity is part of the problem. We're still in this soft part of the schedule, yet the Yankees are still under .500 and look every bit the mediocre team they have been all year. Exactly one week ago today I gave them two weeks to straighten themselves out. They have one week to go, in my opinion, before the big decision must be made.

When asked about it recently, Hal Steinbrenner said that his team is not thinking about selling right now and, in fact, they might end up being buyers. When I heard that I was outraged. Talk about irresponsibility! However, when I thought about it, it made perfect sense for Hal to answer the question in that manner. Why put all your cards on the table? Why give it up like that? He's playing hard to get, and I like it.

That being said, Hal (and, of course Brian Cashman) must be very careful about who they give it up to and for whom.  As far as I'm concerned, nothing less than Major-League-ready prospects should come back for anyone the Yankees trade. I don't want to see a bunch of low-level kids coming back this way.

Then again, if they can rattle off, let's say seven wins in a row, the whole thing might be a moot point. (Don't be disappointed if that doesn't happen, though.)

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