New York, New York.
After waiting nine long years for Championship #27, the New York Yankees poured out of the dugout to celebrate their World Series victory as the last groundball of the season was scooped up and lobbed to first base for the final out.
Hideki Matsui tied a World Series record with six RBIs, while Andy Pettitte earned the win on just three days rest as the Yankees took Game 6 away from the Philadelphia Phillies with a final score of 7-3 Wednesday night.
“The Yankees won. The world is right again,” said team president Randy Levine.
Well, half of New York and the rest of the country might disagree with that… like All-star second baseman Chase Utley and his Phillies. Wednesday night capped a frustrating end to a bright season, crushing their hopes of becoming the first National League team to win back-t0-back World Series since the 1975-76 Cincinnati Reds. They were, or so they thought, destined to become the new Big Red Machine.
Utley did his best by tying Reggie Jackson with five Series longballs, and even Ryan Howard busted out of his 13-strikeout slump (worst ever) with a bomb of his own in the sixth, but it wasn’t enough to stop Alex Rodriguez and company. A-Rod has waited a long time for this, his first World Championship. But future Hall of Famers Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter — all growing older together now –came up through the minors with each other and have enjoyed four titles coming in five years (1996 and ’98-2000).
Joe Girardi, in his first year as manager of the team he won three Championships with as a player, chose to wear #27 on his back this season to make his mission clear: anything less than a ring made this team a bunch of losers.
“To be able to deliver this to the Boss, the stadium that he created and the atmosphere he has created around here is very gratifying for all of us,” the skipper said.
Congratulations to the Bronx Bombers and their fans. Hopefully they won’t need to spend over $400 million on free agents this winter.Tweet
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