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Thursday, November 05, 2009
And That Happened: World SeriesYankees 7, Phillies 3: Champs. You saw it, so no need for me to describe it. I'll just offer some observations:
I suppose I could go on all day. And really, there won't be much other news happening, so I probably will. For now, congratulations to the 2009 New York Yankees, champions of baseball.
151 days until Opening Day.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 4:40am
Michael Caragliano said...
Giants in 1923…..
.... how many minutes until pitchers and catchers?
Posted 11/05 at 07:33 AM
Disappointed, but it’s always worthing noting: losing the WS beats being the Royal, the Pirates, the Mets, the….
Posted 11/05 at 07:42 AM
While it’s hard to hide my general disgust for another Yankee championship, they won because they were the best team. There will be a lot of Yankee fans out there gloating (as anyone would be if their team won) about how this is just the beginning of a dynasty. Truth is though, it’s likely not. The core Yankee players are over the age of 35 (Jeter and Posada, 35; Pettite, 37; and Rivera, 39), and several of the other key players are on the wrong side of 30 as well (Damon and Matsui, 35, A-Rod, 33, and Burnett, 32). As we’ve learned in supposed post-steroid era, players don’t age nearly as well as they did 5-10 years ago. This championship, much like the Red Sox in 2004, is a culmination of a bunch of veteran players putting together fantastic years at the same time. One has to wonder when the inevitable decline will begin.
The Yankees have spent somewhere between $1.5B-$2B over the last decade trying to win championship number 27. When you spend that much money, you’re bound to win a championship eventually. Regretably, I bid the Yankees congratulations on number 27. I still hate them more than anything in the world (except perhaps clowns), but this year, they were the best team.
Posted 11/05 at 08:25 AM
Watching Pedro for me is bittersweet. It’s tough not to remember the old Pedro who, from 1999 until he got hurt in 2001, was the single most dominating pitcher at any given point in history. Watching him over the last couple of years, you can still see shades of the Pedro every so often, but it’s not the same.
Posted 11/05 at 08:29 AM
“When you spend that much money, you’re bound to win a championship eventually”
A good chunk of the enjoyment of the championship is watching the disgruntled whine. Ah, how sports brings out the best in all of us…(yes, I’m including myself).
Posted 11/05 at 09:14 AM
Dennis in Littleton said...
Congratulations to the Yankees, although I’m a native Philadelphian who now pulls for the Rockies. What’s all the hype about the “unprecedented 27th World Series vicory?” Besides the Yankees, does any team even have 26? Or even 20? Or even 10?
Posted 11/05 at 09:41 AM
Steve Stein said...
I am proud to say that my prediction (Phillies in 6, Pedro wins games 2 and 6) was 100% wrong, but also 100% consistent.
Posted 11/05 at 09:45 AM
Jason @ IIATMS said...
Thanks for another great season, Craig.
Posted 11/05 at 09:55 AM
Aaron Whitehead said...
Although I can’t really root for the Yankees, there are a few guys on the team that I can root for.
And the other team of defending champs the Yanks beat was the ‘23 Giants, after losing to them in ‘21 and ‘22.
Posted 11/05 at 10:06 AM
Dennis, the Cardinals are second with 10. So no, this isn’t more unprecedented than any other. Maybe they just passed some hockey team, but I would have to look that up.
Posted 11/05 at 10:06 AM
What a fantastic win! And to inaugurate a new Stadium as well.Wasn’t it 86 years for the Red Sox before that year we won’t mention? It’s 86 between stadiums with 26 in between for us. Matsui and Damon will be back, just like Bernie Williams was for a couple of extra years, and we have sentimental reasons after a few years service. So will Andy (fiddly-fart) Pettitte but that goes without saying. The parade should start at Times Square and go south to Chambers, that part of Manhatten is impossible to navigate even on foot.
Posted 11/05 at 10:09 AM
While I am not a Yankee fan I can appreciate them winning the WS when many of the key players are guys you can feel good about winning a championship. Rivera is a touch of class, Pettitte has always done well in the moment, including his PEDs outing, and Jeter is Jeter. It also nice to see a player like Melky handle almost being traded but not letting it affect his performance and commitment to the team and anytime a Molina get a ring is a good thing.
As a displaced Mainer I am also glad to be further away from the whining I know is coming out of Boston right now as I’m sure Gerry Callahan is screaming about cats and dogs raining down from the sky as I the Yankees exploited the system to win a tainted WS. While Boston has not spent the same amount of money as the Yankees they have certainly exploited as many financing loopholes (e.g. Fenway group) and ignored Selig’s attempts to control/slot draft compensation and have significantly outspendt most clubs at the minor league level in a quest to produce a controllable talent stream.
I am looking forward to the day when we can all celebrate a World Series champ that won in a system that is fairer and a better competitive balance than exists today. What that system may look like I am not exactly sure but the current system is flawed. Winning a championship against only half the field may feel as great to those connected to the winners, I certainly celebrated 2004&7, but must ring somewhat hollow to baseball fans who teams are on the outside looking in.
On a side note - can anyone imagine any of the four horsemen of the Yankees (Jeter, Pettitte, Rivera, Posada) retiring on a winning note this offseason? I can see Pettitte walking away content and wouldn’t be shocked to see Rivera ride off into the sunset victorious.
Posted 11/05 at 10:10 AM
TC, don’t know where your thinking comes from, but it’s way off base.
Being a Kansas City fan sucks right now, but I would still much rather be a fan of the Royals than the Phillies.
There are many reasons to be a fan of any particular team, but just because they won a pennant doesn’t rank anywhere near the top. That’s just another example of a bandwagon fan.
Sure, the Phillies won two pennants in a row. They are alos the losing francise in professional sports history. Two years doesn’t define fandom.
And just like the Royals stink up the joint, at one team, they were the prevailing model of a successful franchise, particularly an expansion one.
People who are fans of a team just becasue they win something aren’t really fans of that team. They’re just fans of winning. And will abandon that particular team as soon as the winning stopss.
Posted 11/05 at 10:40 AM
Pedro, even more than Maddux, has become the archetypical “crafty right-hander”. After a couple batters, I commented that “he’s throwing junk up there.” But he’s gotten good enough at the craft of pitching that he can almost get away with throwing junk.
Best example I can give of a team with a handful of core players winning two WS not as part of a long-term dynasty is the ‘71 and ‘79 Pirates. Stargell and Kison were both starters on both teams; Sanguillen was a starter in ‘71 and a backup (mostly a PH) in ‘79, and Stennett was a backup in ‘71 (started 33 games, but I can’t tell if he was on the WS roster) and a part-time starter in ‘79. But that’s really only two players who were “core” players with both teams—and in ‘79, Kison started the first game, gave up four runs while getting only one out in the bottom of the first, and didn’t touch the ball again…
Posted 11/05 at 10:48 AM
I think the only comparison to these four is the core from the ‘53 Yankees of Berra, Mantle and Ford that had the run through ‘62.
As a Yankee fan, the best thing about this team is rooting for players you like. It’s been tough to pull for Gary Sheffield, Randy Johnson and Kevin Brown.
Posted 11/05 at 11:23 AM
As a Yankee hater, the toughest part has been rooting against players you like. It’s been tough to root against CC Sabathia, Tex and Rivera.
Posted 11/05 at 11:28 AM
So much hypocrisy! During the Yankees’ “dry spell,” fans of other teams used to ridicule them incessantly for their supposedly misguided attempts to “buy a chamionship.” That was fun while it lasted; but now that the Yankees have won the WS again, IT’S ALL SO UNFAIR!
Posted 11/05 at 11:33 AM
Adam, don’t forget Pavano. Actually, yes, forget him.
Posted 11/05 at 11:34 AM
There’s a simple fix for that, come to the Dark Side, we have cookies
Posted 11/05 at 11:36 AM
MJ is right. No applications needed, no credit check, just join the Universe! You’ll feel better about yourself, even without Dr. Phil and Oprah. Oh, and DROZ.
Posted 11/05 at 11:40 AM