Back Where They Belong
The New York Yankees won their 27th World Series last night in game 6 by a score of 7-3 over the Phillies. Hideki Matsui won MVP honors, compiling a .615 batting average with 3 home runs and 8 rbi (6 of them coming in the clinching game 6). Not to be outshined, Andy Pettitte won his 18th career playoff game (most all-time). On three days rest and at the age of 37 Pettitte pitched a solid 5 2/3 innings allowing 3 runs on 4 hits. The bullpen combination of Chamberlain (1 inning, 0 runs, 1 strike-out), Marte (2/3 inning, 0 runs, 2 big strikeouts of Utley and Howard), and Rivera (1 2/3 innings, 0 runs, 1 strike-out) hurled 3 1/3 innings of shut-out baseball and held the Phillies to only 2 hits while striking out 4.
Although this was just another World Series Title for Yankees’ like Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, and Andy Pettitte, other guys like A-Rod, Matsui, Cano, C.C., and many more won their first World Series. You can’t help but feel like this 27th Title is different from the rest. Number 27 felt like more of a team effort. All season the Yankees looked more relaxed and comfortable with one another than ever before. Credit Brian Cashman for bringing in chemistry guys like A.J. Burnett, Mark Teixeira, and Nick Swisher to change the Yankees from an uptight, pressing team the last 9 years, to a loose, never say die club with a great attitude.
With the end of the season comes the Yankees 27th World Series Title and some crucial questions and decisions for next year. Will Matsui and/or Damon come back? What will they do with guys like Xavier Nady and Chien Ming Wang? Ponder over those questions later on, but for now lets celebrate the New York Yankees’ 27th World Series Title.