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1 OldYanksFan   ~  Sep 18, 2010 1:24 pm

To Division or not to Division. From Lohud:
The group quickly reformed around Brian Cashman, who spoke quite a bit about balancing the value of winning the division against the value of keeping healthy roster into the playoffs.

“Over time you get educated,” Cashman said “You want to all be macho and say, ‘American League East at all cost,’ but hey man, I’ve been part of the Yankees now for a long time. I’ve been beaten by a wild-card Red Sox team in ’04. I’ve been beaten by a wild-card Florida Marlins in the World Series in ’03. I’m not saying give me the wild card. I’m just saying we’ve got to realize perspective. We’re in this to try to win a World Series. If we don’t, people remember that we didn’t more than whatever we did

2 Chyll Will   ~  Sep 18, 2010 2:05 pm

[1] That's easy for Cashman to say, but you have an uninformed, but loyal and interested fanbase that wants to be on the same page with the rest of the team. Many Yanks fans, like it or not, feel a direct connection with the team to the point of feeling like we're at least part owners; partly because of the winning and partly (and I think mainly at this point) because of George's desire to represent the fans as their voice in a populist manner (even though we all know it was the exact opposite). That being said, it's disingenuous to imply that fans are only concerned about winning the World Series. We want to know what's going on, including the process that gets us to that goal, and we're offended by the diversions from fact or lack of information in general, then for someone to turn around and say "it's what they want."

I dunno, maybe I'm really speaking for myself in that instance. I understand the mantra "loose lips sink ships", so I don't feel like if you share info with me that it's gonna be heard by someone who can do harm in some way. But I also don't react well to being left in the dark, which it seems to be moreso than ever the last few years. But I will say that it's not to the extent of the Mets, who are either extremely poor organizers of facts or poor liars. When Jeff Wilpon starts to remind you a little of Jim Dolan, you know it's time to sell. And if the Steinbrothers ever start to remind us of the Wilpons, it's probably time to spankdatazz...

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