Thursday, October 18th, 2001
So how do the Yankees do it? It seems like every year, a new chink in the
arm exists. Every year, they pull through and win the World Series. This
year is no different.
First, they weren't the best team in the American League this year. They
weren't even the second best team this year. Those titles belong to the Seattle
Mariners and the Oakland A's.
New York's offense still produced this year. Just not the way or to the standards
the Yankees are used to. They weren't as patient this year and relied on
the home run more.
Their pitching is still what brought the team to the playoffs. With a 4.02
ERA, they were good enough for third in the league. Any staff with Mike Mussina,
Roger Clemens, and Andy Pettite has to be good. Especially when your closer
is Mariano Rivera.
So when they get to the playoffs and draw the A's, how do they win? Especially
after a digging a 2-0 hole and a possible sweep. Well, start with that tremendous
starting pitching and finish with clutch hitting that seems to always be
there. Add a little Derek Jeter to the mix, and you have a recipe for success
when finishing with Mr. October Closer, Mariano Rivera.
Speaking of Jeter, the man is amazing. He's earned all the respect in the
world with his two sparkling defensive plays. His Game 3 cutoff turned
the series around. And his Game 5 dive into the stands for a foul ball
was spectacular. This man risks his body to win. That's a true competitor.
So what's next for the Yankees? Well, they've already won Game One of the
ALCS against the Mariners at time of publication. That's a good start. It
looks like the World Series could be in the future. Although you can never
count out a 116-win team, even if the only other one in history (1906 Chicago
Cubs) didn't win the World Series either. If anybody out there's a betting
man, a bet on the Yankees would be a sure bet. It could only take them five
or six games to reach the World Series again.
But when you have that New York Yankee magic, anything can happen. And usually