It’s a Reality… The Yankees are going to the World Series!
How does this sound?
The New York Yankees are American League Champions. They are going to take on the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series.
So many players got them to the Fall Classic, but I will mention two that made it happen tonight.
As he’s done so many times before, Andy Pettitte gave the
Yankees everything he had and everything his team could have possibly hoped for
tonight. Pettitte, who is now the all-time postseason win leader, gave the
Yankees 6 1/3 innings, while only giving up one run.
When it’s all said and done for the lefty’s career, Pettitte
will be remembered for performances like this, even more than for his 229
regular season wins. Pettitte will go down as arguably one of the greatest
Yankees ever to put on the pinstripes. Pettitte will certainly go down as one
of the greatest Yankees ever to take the mound.
And without any question, Mariano Rivera will also be part
of any conversation that involves the greatest Yankees players in history.
Before taking the ball tonight, Rivera owned the lowest ERA in postseason
history (0.83) and the most postseason saves (36).
Rivera may not have had his best stuff tonight, and that was
made evident by his eighth inning struggles (1 ER). But Rivera didn’t fold
under the most intense pressure this game could dish out. He rarely does –
which is unlike just about every other closer, starter or middle reliever in
baseball today or during any other era.
I’ll see you on Route 95 — heading to Philly.
–Alfred Santasiere III