(Never got enough of these 3 together. Courtesy of Reuters)
After a few years of familiar faces and familiar expectations, the Yankees shook things up in their outfield for 2013. Gone was Nick Swisher, the plus-offense, passable-defense right fielder from the previous 4 years and gone was Curtis Granderson, who missed a big chunk of time early in the year due to a broken forearm and a bigger chunk later due to a broken finger. In their places were 2012 trade deadline acquisition Ichiro Suzuki, out to prove his strong SSS performance wasn't a mirage, and Vernon Wells, a former All Star who was past his expiration date and had pretty much been a piece of shit for 3 of the last 4 seasons before the Yanks traded for him in March.
Yeah, it was a new and not so improved group in 2013, one that inspired more concern than confidence when evaluating them before the start of the season. The lessons we learned from them this season were hard, painful lessons, ones that any intelligent baseball fan didn't really need a refresher course on. After the jump, re-live some of that pain again.