Cano has evolved into one of the best second baseman in Yankee history. It is hard for Yankee fans to imagine the Yankees without Cano, but it is all too easy to imagine the Yankees in 2018-2021 or so with an overpriced Cano splitting his time between first base and DH.
It is hard to imagine baseball over the last half century without the contributions of people like Marichal, the Alou brothers, Tony Fernandez, Joaquin Andujar, Jose Reyes, Robinson Cano and so many others.
The Yankees are in sufficiently bad shape that even a great year by Rivera will not bring them back to the World Series. Moreover, Rivera is not the only aging Yankee seeking to recover from an injury.
A fan base that is told to expect a World Series victory every year, and to see anything else as a failure is going to end up an angry disgruntled group, largely because they have been sold a bill of goods by the team's management.
Whereas once the problem preventing great athletes like Monte Irvin from playing major league baseball was discrimination, inner city kids now are kept from excelling in the sport by the disintegration of their communities.