In a related move, Brian Cashman likely will end up leaving, too. By, say, this time next year, the Yankees as you once knew them will no longer exist.
The Yankees will go back to the future, back to a time when they ran chaotically, spent wildly and never won a thing.
Right now, you're thinking change is a good thing. You're thinking it was a good idea for Joe Torre to hit the road. You're probably thinking the same about Brian Cashman, since he got cold feet when it came time to pull the trigger during the Johan Santana trade discussions.
You're tired of hearing about the long-term interests of the franchise. You want now.
Right . . . This is the epitome of shock journalism - writing controversial opinion, without much evidence, in the hopes of surprising readers into buying newspapers. I do not disagree Cashman and Pettitte could be spending their final season in the Bronx. However, contending the Yankees organization will instantly become a wasteland and Pettitte is finished after one start is absurd and uninformed drivel.
Justice goes on to speculate Pettitte was "hit hard and often" on Saturday. While Jonny Gomes did hit a linedrive homer which landed about 5 inches over the leftfield fence, Pettitte was not hit nearly as hard as Justice would have you think. Maybe he did not even watch the game, though that would probably interfere with his apocalyptic premise.
This is particularly disappointing because Justice had previously been a very reliable source of baseball information.