When the Yankees made the splash of the offseason, acquiring 2017 NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins, it signified an end to their short-lived foray into the world of being the underdog. The Evil Empire was well and truly back once again.
Of course, adding an MVP is always a great thing. But Alex Rodriguez does ask a few questions about the clubhouse and their feel-good stars of 2017, like Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez.
"The question is, what does that do to a clubhouse?'' Rodriguez asked, via Pete Caldera of The Record.
The Yankees weren't supposed to be contenders in 2017. Judge wasn't supposed to be an MVP candidate and Luis Severino wasn't supposed to be a Cy Young candidate. For once, neutrals found drawn to the Yankees rather than hating them.
"I really, really enjoyed watching the Yankees be David for a change,'' A-Rod said. "For the first time in probably over 25 years they weren't Goliath.''
Rodriguez hopes that the clubhouse culture incubated last season will aptly handle Stanton and the new expectations.
"[The Yankees] created an incredible clubhouse culture. They were well-balanced from top to bottom,'' A-Rod said. "Obviously, you would always welcome a talent like Stanton. There's a lot of pros to that.''
First-time manager Aaron Boone will have a lot to handle.
"How does that shift the pressure on Aaron Boone?" A-Rod asked. "What does that do to the comfort level of Aaron Judge now that you shift from being David back to Goliath?''
A-Rod will get to watch from the booth, as he's the voice of Sunday Night Baseball for ESPN in 2018. The former Yankee will watch as a fan.
"So, it will be very interesting to watch because what they had last year was so special,'' Rodriguez said. "As a Yankees fan, you obviously hope it elevates their game.''