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Three questions Yankees must answer to break frustrating cycle

October 12, 2021 03:12PM
Going into the waning days of the 1980 presidential race — 41 years ago this month — Ronald Reagan famously asked a question during the final debate about his opponent, the incumbent, that helped sway many fence-sitters:

“Are you better off today than you were four years ago?”

Jimmy Carter could not make the case that America was in better shape, sealing his defeat.

Monday marked the fourth anniversary of the Yankees rallying to defeat Cleveland in five games to win a Division Series. They would go on to lose the ALCS in seven games to the Astros; a series we would retroactively look back on differently with revelations about Houston’s illegal sign stealing.

Still, the Yankees seemed poised for a special run. They had rebounded spectacularly from their 2016 trade deadline deals of Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller that notably brought them Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier — plus they signed Chapman back. There was a young nucleus of Greg Bird, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, a young ace in Luis Severino and very little long-term commitment, thus, plenty of money to spend.



  Three questions Yankees must answer to break frustrating cycle

Hitman2331October 12, 2021 03:12PM