We are the Champions of the World!…

 

The 2009 World Champions!…

 

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I knew that Andy, at his best would give up about 3 or 4 runs, and I had a feeling that this would come down to the bullpen. 

 

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On my FaceBook page, I started the day by posting this Bob Lemon quote:

“I’ve come to the conclusion that the two most important things in life are good friends and a good bullpen.”

Those words rang true as the game ultimately came down to the strength of the Yankees bullpen.  Damaso Marte did an outstanding job, but in the end, it was the legendary Mariano Rivera who delivered the 27th World Championship to New York.

 

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Deservedly so, Hideki Matsui was named the Series MVP.  At this point, I simply cannot imagine a scenario where the Yankees allow the clutch bat of Matsui to walk in the off-season.  More than likely, this means the end of Johnny Damon’s Yankee career.  But I fully expect to see Godzilla in Tampa next spring.

 

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It was sad that George Steinbrenner could not be in attendance, but perhaps this championship was for Hal Steinbrenner.  In 1923, the original Yankee Stadium opened with a World Championship.  In 2009, it’s a new stadium but the same result.  What a way to christen the new home of Aura and Mystique! 

 

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Manager Joe Girardi earned the number on his back, and he can always wear it with pride.  He personally delivered it to the fans of New York, and it will be great to see the parade return to the Big Apple. 

 

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Is there anyone who doesn’t believe that Mariano Rivera will be a first ballot Hall of Famer?  It has been tough for closers to gain entry to Cooperstown, but the legend of Mo Rivera will be long remembered.  He is the greatest closer in Yankee history, and certainly one of the best ever in Major League baseball.

 

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Going away from the Series, I have to say that I am glad the Yankees didn’t have to face Chase Utley more than they did.  The guy is a stud, and certainly one of the premier players in the game.  Cliff Lee also proved that he is truly an ace.  It’s not like he had anything to prove before the Series, but on the grandest stage of all, he showed that he is a champion.  There is no doubt that the Phillies will be back…

 

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A World Championship celebration in the Bronx…the way it was meant to be.  Life is good.

 

Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez score on Hideki Matsui's two-run double in the fifth as New York Yankees win their 27th championship.

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Hey Julia, I am ready for Opening Day 2010!  Bring on the Red Sox!  My friend, it is Game On!

 

 

3 Comments

Congrats Scott – you’ve waited a long time. Matsui was the natural choice for MVP – as much as he drives me crazy when our teams play, he is deserving of this honor. You’re right – how can the Yankees let him go? And next season – the schedulers finally got it right! The Red Sox and the Yankees open and close the season against each other so oh yes my friend – it is MOST definitely Game On! But what will we do in the mean time? I guess there is always hockey, football or my 6-0 Celtics! Go Boston!!;-)

I know I don’t need to say it – but enjoy your day! :-)

Julia
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Hey, congratulations to the Yankees. This was the best team in baseball this year, and they definitely deserved to win the World Series. As for Mariano Rivera, not only is he going into the HOF, but he should have a separate award named after him. Like the Cy Young, except for the best reliever.-Erinhttp://plunking-gomez.blogspot.com

Congratulations Yankees. I am excited about Matsui. He certainly deserved the MVP. I had a feeling the Yankees would prevail this season!
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