Suddenly it feels like 1992, when nobody wanted to play for the Yankees. Except this time it’s not Barry Bonds, Greg Maddux, and David Cone shunning the pinstripes, but Eric Chavez, Jeff Keppinger, and Marco Scutaro.
What’s going on here, anyway? Twenty years ago, you could understand the game’s biggest stars turning up their noses at the idea of playing in New York, as the Yankees were in a chaotic state, having gone a decade without a playoff appearance.
Things were so bad then that George Costanza was hired as the assistant traveling secretary.
Mere role players are saying no thanks at a time when the Yankees have provided the surest path to the postseason for the last 17 years.