For all that sports does to make us feel good, there is a cruel unforgiving side as well. This side of the game usually arises at the end of an athlete’s career. That end can be particularly painful if it involves a player that is well liked by fans. Whether the end is a result of an injury, or that of the front office being ready to move on, it can be an agonizing process for both the fans and the players.
Yankee fans have dealt with this a few times in the recent past. The end of Bernie Williams career, I’m sure, is a part of the recent dynasty that most Yankee fans care not to think about. Jorge Posada’s last year in the Majors was not how most fans envisioned his swan song would be. Even Derek Jeter’s latest contract, one which he has earned every penny of, was the subject of much vitriol as fans demanded that the Yankees organization pay whatever it took to keep the Yankee Captain in Pinstripes.