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Look to the Old Faces if You Want New Results.

By: Kyle McMorrow

Before the streamers fall, the legends assemble, and the celebrities show-out at the new stadium, the Yankees had 9 games on the road to play first.

While most of the Yankee faithful have been diagnosed with an extreme dose of paranoia after the C.C. Sabathia and Chien-Ming Wang catastrophes, the Yankees are slowly learning that they will never match the expectations preset for them every season since 2000.

Since the Yankees “brain-trust” buys and trades more players than stocks are exchanged on Wall Street, it’s no wonder why their never seems to be any type of chemistry in the organization. Free-agent signings such as Randy Johnson, Carl Pavano, Kei Igawa, Jason Giambi, Jaret Wright, Kevin Brown, Gary Sheffield, and Jon Lieber, to name a few, have all fallen flat of any expectation their contract had predicted.

So why should this years free-agent class have any, if at all, type of hype as seen in the past?

The answer is simple; because the Yankees will not be relying on the new faces to win a championship as they have in the past.

In previous years, the “star” free agent signings have been the ones Yankee fans have all looked towards to get the organization back to the promise land, but this year something is screaming that will not be the case.

While Nick Swisher continues his hot streak, and AJ Burnett dazzles, there are those Yankees, those select few, who have lasted throughout the years, having a slowly but surly better start, and in a bold prediction, finish to the season.

Captain Derek Jeter seems to be warming with the weather, and while his average isn’t where most fans would want it to be, it is becoming apparent that there is more pop to his bat this year than in the previous two. Even with a rough couple of games where Jeter was held hit-less, he is still third on the team in RBI’s, and tied for second in home-runs, and that’s from the lead-off position.

The shortstop may be aging, but Wednesday's game against the Rays once again reassured everyone that when the game is on the line, there is no one better to have up at the plate than Captain Clutch.

But there is also that man who owns an office space behind that plate. Veteran Jorge Posada is still the Yankees primary catcher, and has produced and contributed tremendously with the bat this year. Posada is currently second on the team in RBI’s, and is tied for the team lead in doubles. At 37 years old some expect a drastic drop off in the numbers, but as of right now he is one of the best on the team with a bat in his hand.

And then there’s old reliable Andy Pettite. Despite Burnett stealing all the early pitching headlines, Pettite leads the team in ERA and WHIP two starts in.

Although he earned a no decision against the Rays Wednesday night, the lefty pitched a solid game against the defending American League Champions, allowing three runs over seven innings, while striking out four and picking-off one.

If it is still early in the season for stats to be worth nothing more than a second glance, then why have Sabathia and Wang been criticized for their early blunders? If their rough starts could earn them a spot on the headache list, then it would be only fair to reward those who have succeeded through the first nine games.

As the season continues, look to the old faces to provide a new winning attitude, and expect the new faces to follow suit, not set the trend.

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