A bad year for Yankees fans just got much, much worse.
Just a couple months ago, there seemed to be a chance that the Yankees might make it to the postseason. But as the end of the season draws near, the Yankees just aren’t winning enough games to have any realistic playoffs hopes. Worse yet, they’ve traded away their three best players in Carlos Beltran, Aroldis Chapman, and Andrew Miller in exchange for young, unproven talent.
These moves signal that owners Hal and Hank Steinbrenner and general manager Joe Girardi have given up on the New York Yankee’s 2016 season.
In fact, the Steinbrenners have given up on New York altogether. The Yankees are moving to Boston.
“After much thought and careful consideration, my brother and I have decided to move the team to Boston,” Hal Steinbrenner announced to a shocked crowd of reporters and fans at the Delroy Conference Center near Yankee Stadium.
Fans would have been upset if the team moved anywhere, but they seem to particularly upset that the new home of the team will be Boston. “It’s like a dagger to the heart,” Bronx resident and lifelong Yankees fan John Moglia told The Journal Report. “I mean, of all places, why there?”
Steinbrenner addressed this concern in his press conference. “I know a lot of our fans are going to be angry about moving to a city that the team has had a rivalry with for so long,” he said. “But what’s closer to New York than Boston? The culture is so similar… We’re looking at a few potential locations for the new stadium, and many of them are quite close to Fenway Park. We’re hoping fans of both teams will be able to get along.”
The move is scheduled for 2017, but Steinbrenner cautioned that working around zoning restrictions and construction times may push it back to 2018.