In regards to jeter and his eventual retirement. it goes to show what a true star he really is and that he is in fact taken for granted by this generation of fans. You can look and fantasize all you want but you simply wont find another. He is a true once in a lifetime champion. If you can remember those who came before him, good players and nice guys but all fuzzy faces with less than memorable names. Smalley, Espinoza, Andre Robertson. Would we even remember Bucky Dent if not for the home run? Fred Stanley, Gene Micheal himself, all forgotten faces all the way back to Rizzuto.
This generation cant remember what it was like for Bobby Murcer being compared to Mickey Mantle and basically being rode out of town because he couldnt be Mickey Mantle. While Murcer himself was a great player and a champion in his own right he could never get away from not being able to be the next Mantle.
Who will take over fo Mo? Name the faces before him...Hernadez, Steve Farr, Bullpen by comittee. What about our starting rotation? What guy will stand up and take the ball like Pettite has over the years? He faces the pitchers from every team , Maddux, Glavine, Smotlz ,Martinez and BEATS THEM!! All the time without half the pedigree that those pitchers come with.. I doubt anyone understands how lucky we were with Tino replacing Mattingly.
The point is there doesnt seem to be alot people around here that remember the years from 78-95 and i think they take alot for granted.
Tey dont remember the Ron Hasseys and Don Slaughts, Balboni, Maybury and George Scott. How bad did Cerone have it taking over for Thurman? Remember when the starting five was Chuck Carey, Alan Mills, Kamenicki, TIm leary and Scott Sanderson? Kammy won 15 games and we all went nuts buecause we were like the rest of the fans that dont root for the yankees we had to hang on to all the positive stuff we could get cause there wasnt alot. We didnt have Joba or Hughes in the pen, we had Don (the long ball Paul) he was responsible for coming in and giving up 3run jacks.. How many Cfs can you name b4 Bernie? There were dozens and left anf right were a crapshoot every year till Paulie got here...
In closing id like to point out that all the aforementioned players gave the yanks and thusly us everything they had, they were all wonderful men with a lifetime of memories.. I for one will never forget the sight of Balboni chugging into third with a triple. Mel halls batting glove in his back pocket "so it can wave bye bye" as he rounds the bases. The changing of the guard is inevitable so hang onto what you have now, because in the words of my man Bob Dylan " The TImes They Are A Changing