That they brought the team back to the Canyon of Heroes for the first time in nine years should allow me to end this piece right here, but without further ado, my key observations from the 2009 season:
Mariano Rivera has been through a lot of tough postseasons. His career stats over 133 innings are nothing short of amazing.
Somehow, at his advanced age, Mo tied his single postseason record with 16 innings pitched. He set a career high in games pitched with 12. He came in to the 8th inning 8 times, and with men on base five times. Rivera picked up the slack for a young bullpen that proved especially shakey in October.
Rivera’s velocity was dropping to the high 80s by the World Series. His control was a bit worse than usual, and he often had to throw more pitches.
How long can Rivera keep this up? He stated last night that he wanted to play five more years. I find that hard to fathom. Rivera’s cutter seems to be moving more at lower veloctity, but there is a point where he becomes hittable. But in the near term, I think that we can expect more of the same from Mo.… Click here to read the rest
With one out in the sixth, Pettitte walked Chase Utley. Ryan Howard, who had been abysmal throughout the World Series, connected with a homer that just got out in left field, making the score 7-3. After giving up a double to Raul Ibanez, Joba Chamberlain came in for Pettitte and got Pedro Feliz to ground out and end the inning. Joba left in the seventh with two outs and two on, but Damaso Marte continued to shock Yankee fans by striking out Chase Utley to end the inning. He struck out Howard to start the eighth and Mo entered to close out the last five outs of the game. After battling Shane Victorino through ten pitches in the bottom of the ninth, Victorino grounded out to Cano and the Yankees had their 27th World Series title!
Gardner: Brett went 0-4 with two strikeouts and one stranded base runner.
Cano: Robbie went 0-4, struck out twice and stranded three.… Click here to read the rest
I have some major posts lined up for the next few days, with month-by-month season recaps and a full postseason recap on tap, among other things. However, I did want to briefly run through the people I am most happy for now that the Yankees have won their 27th World Championship.
I am happy for Alex Rodriguez, who took his reputation for failing in the clutch and shattered it with a barrage of clutch hits and epic home runs.
I am happy for AJ Burnett, who will catch plenty of flak for Game 5, but turned this Series around with a great performance in Game 2 and was able to saty healthy all year.
I am happy for CC Sabathia, who came through with 5 huge postseason starts after being questioned about his playoff history ceaselessly all year.
I am happy for Nick Swisher, who really changed the culture in this clubhouse and resurrected his career in NY.
I am happy for Hideki Matsui, who came here with the weight of a nation’s expectations on his shoulders, and finally delivered with a World Series MVP.… Click here to read the rest
The New York Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 in Game 6 to win the 2009 World Series four games to two, ending a nine-year title drought for New York.
In an outing many seemed unnecessarily concerned over, Andy Pettitte pitched as well as anyone could have hoped on three days’ rest, tossing 5 2/3 innings of four-hit, three-run ball, with five walks and three strikeouts. In picking up the Game 6 victory, Pettitte nailed down every clinching win for the Yanks in 2009: AL East title, Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series.
The Yankees jumped on Philly starter Pedro Martinez early, as Hideki Matsui followed an A-Rod leadoff walk in the bottom of the 2nd with a huge eight-pitch at-bat that led to a mammoth home run to the second deck in right field. Up 2-0, the Yankees would never look back.… Click here to read the rest
What can I say about ARod? I’ve long said that the reason why the fans booed him was because all we wanted was for him to be as good as we thought he could be. Yet, he made so many missteps that we lost count. He became a caricature of himself. The advice he was receiving was terrible. Then came this pre-season from Hell. The steroid admission and the awkward, conflicting stories. Then the hip surgery. How could anyone extricate themselves from that self-imposed pit is beyond my comprehension. Then he just…did. From his first at-bat (a HR) to his last in the regular season (a HR, one of two in the same inning for 7 RBI in that one inning), he kept his nose down and played the way he used to: with fun, with passion, on a mission. Of course, we, as fans, were ready for the “ARod chokes in the post season” onslaught. And then something strange happened: he hit like a madman.… Click here to read the rest
So happy right now. Will have more coherent thoughts a little later.… Click here to read the rest