Red Sox continue to steal away Yanks future
As I watched Jacoby Ellsbury steal home against the Yankees Sunday night, I thought to myself: “This pretty much sums it up.” An aging Andy Pettitte forgets to deliver from the stretch, letting a youthful Ellsbury elude another future Bingo regular, Jorge Posada’s, tag at the plate. Would Justin Masterson have made the same error? The two ball clubs could not be headed in more opposite directions. Every year, the Red Sox seem to call up another hyped prospect, while the Yanks continue to overpay for limited talent, and shun their farm system.
Maybe right now the Yankees have more confidence in CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett. Fair enough. But who’s to say once Phil Hughes is called up, and stays up, that he won’t become the next Justin Masterson? Forget projections, let’s go with the facts. What are the Yanks spending so much money to protect? A championship? Pennant? Division title? How about NONE OF THE THREE. Since sliding into mediocrity, Cashman and Steinbrenner have turned a blind eye at their one and only escape route.