Yankees greats predict big things from this year’s team

It has been long enough since the Yankees last won a World Series that three members of that team were back for Old-Timers’ Day on Sunday.

They’d like to see another title before coming back again next year.

“The Yankees need to win again,” said Johnny Damon, who represented the 2009 team Sunday along with first-timers Mariano Rivera and Jerry Hairston Jr. “That’s what we’re rooting for.”

Those in attendance to play in the 73rd annual Old-Timers’ Day were optimistic about the Yankees’ chances this year. While Sunday’s 9-4 loss to the Astros snapped their eight-game winning streak, the Yankees were still leading the AL East despite being ravaged by injuries.

Now that the lineup is back to full strength with a healthy Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, former Bombers believe they have big things ahead of them.

“They’re loaded up here, they really are,” said former outfielder and manager Lou Piniella, who played on the teams that won back-to-back World Series in 1977 and 1978. “I think people talk about [needing] one starting pitcher, I don’t know. … But boy, they’re certainly a team that’s going to be very hard to contend with the rest of the year.”

David Wells also mentioned the pitching staff’s performance to match the Yankees’ strong hitters as being critical to a postseason run, but said he believes the Yankees are capable of doing what he helped them do in 1998.

“These guys can do it,” Wells said. “They got the makeup for it.”

As the Yankees extended their streak to a franchise-record 26 straight games with a home run, their power has been on full display. And that stretch has come without any long balls from Judge or Stanton, who have returned from injuries in the past week.

“Unbelievable,” Jason Giambi said of the lineup. “The Yankees always put an incredible product on the field. They always do. They always do such a great job of getting the young kids to mix in with the older players to kind of mentor those younger players. This team’s always the team to beat. As long as they can stay healthy and stay on the field, they’re going to put a lot of runs on the board.”

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