Brett Gardner, the longest-tenured Yankees player, debuted in 2008 and won a World Series in 2009.
Though he and the Yankees haven't won a World Series since, he's optimistic in their chances in 2019.
"I think we're better this year than we were (in 2018)," Gardner told reporters on Thursday morning. "Obviously the season hasn't started. But at this point, I think we've got a better group of guys in place than we've had -- maybe than I've ever seen."
The 35-year-old Gardner re-signed with New York on a one-year, $7.5 million deal early this past offseason before he could see which other teams would express interest in him.
"I wasn't really interested in going anywhere else," Gardner said.
One reason why: the culture.
"I've played with quite a few people who have come from other places and can't believe the way we do things around here," he said. "I've played with people here that go other places and call me and say, 'Hey, you don't want to come over here.'"
But more than that, it's because he wants to bring a World Series back to New York for the first time since its outfield consisted of Johnny Damon, Melky Cabrera and Nick Swisher.
Only he and CC Sabathia remain from the 2009 Yankees team.
"It's been a disappointing 10 years," Gardner said, "and I know for our fans it's been disappointing too. ... It's been just as disappointing, if not more so for me, and I've lost probably more sleep over it than just about anybody."
Gardner slashed .236/.322/.368 in 140 games last year, and though the Yankees' outfield also boasts Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks, and could include Clint Frazier and Jacoby Ellsbury, he said he still believes he can be an everyday player.
"I'm trying to play in 140 or 150 games or whatever it is that they want to put me out there and be available," he said.
Unlike Sabathia, Gardner said he thinks he has a few more years left in him, but he said he wants to win another championship for Sabathia.
New York's the only place they can make it happen.