With Monday night’s dramatic win over the Rays at the Trop, the Yankees became the first team in the league to reach the 50-win mark this season, just like they were first to 40, and 30.
With each passing win, each impressive display of resolve, Brandon Tierney says the expectations grow higher, and now, they can’t get any higher.
The Bronx is officially back in World-Series-or-bust mode.
“We are at the point now, and this will not change…the Yankees now have to win the World Series,” BT said during Tuesday’s show. “The Yankees are supposed to win the World Series. I’m not saying they’re going to win the World Series, but where we are versus where we started? Anything less than a championship, and we’re not satisfied. Matter of fact, we’re highly disappointed.”
Yankee fans are used to that mentality since the late 1990s, but in recent years, it’s been clear that the Yankees were no longer among the perennial contenders in the American League. No longer, as the Bombers are putting up historic numbers rivaling some of the best teams in baseball history, and according to BT, that means anything less than the franchise’s 28th title should be seen as a disappointment.
“Right now, best rotation in baseball, best bullpen, MVP, all the other accolades,” BT said. “You tell me what you’re thinking if the Yankees don’t win the World Series. I hate to do this because it really minimizes how tough the pursuit is, the journey. It obscures the path and we start to take things for granted. But let’s just call it for what it is. You turn on YES every night, and It’s not ‘Are the Yankees going to win?’ It’s ‘How are they going to win, and who is going to be the hero?’
“When you get to that point, you’re reconditioning the mind to expect a championship.”