World Series championshp No. 27 is in the books. Remember this feeling, Yankee fans? It's been a while. Hurry up, get to the store, buy some Yankee World Series stuff. Plan your trip to the Canyon of Heroes tomorrow, if you can.
Celebrate. The baseball world is back in its proper order -- with our New York Yankees on top.
Let's sample some of the reaction.
From a couple of the Yankees who have done this a few times.
"It doesn’t get old," Jorge Posada said. "This is amazing. I think you can take it for granted how tough it is."
"I forgot how good it felt," Jeter said before flashing that trademark smile that has made him the face of baseball. "You don’t ever know if you’ll get back here again, which makes this one so sweet. This is something that never gets old."
Joe Posnanski asks 'What made this Yankees team so special?'
So, you can say that there was something different about this Yankees team, something sturdier. The chemistry was better. They had a sense of purpose. And so on. And maybe all of that's true. It's hard to say. Matsui was a part of the last few Yankees teams that did not win. So were Jeter and Damon and Pettitte and A-Rod and those other thirty-somethings who sprayed champagne on each other in the clubhouse. The Yankees have long had Rivera to finish off games, and they have long had expensive starting pitchers with glitzy resumes, and they have been built around Jeter for a long time, and they have always had the New York fans who play their role. So: Why THIS Yankees team? Well, the Yankees were once again a terrific team. And as for the rest -- it probably comes down to that most unsatisfying of clichés: It was just their year.
USA Today says the Yanks were simply relentless
The New York Yankees won their 27th World Series with a performance that was more relentless than heroic, more a testament to their depth than the often remarkable talent on their roster.
So short on starting pitching that they began considering in September the option to use three starters for most, if not all, of the playoffs? Going through a World Series with the majority of the lineup struggling to hit .200?
It didn't matter. In the end, the Yankees had so many players with so much talent that inevitably someone would come through.
In this best-of-seven tournament, the Yankees pitched better, hit better and made the big play more often than the losers.
Their $201 million lineup lived up to its credentials, making a strong case that this is the "Team of the Decade."
The Phillies didn't deserve to keep their title. The Yankees had the edge in virtually every department.
"They were just a better team," said Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, who blasted a two-run homer off winning pitcher Andy Pettitte in the sixth inning. "They outplayed us. We have to tip our hats to them."
What a way for World Series MVP Hideki Matsui to go out.
Matsui wasn't just great in the World Series. He was Reggiesque -- and Ruthian in his own way. 32 years after Reggie Jackson made the old lady across the street his personal playground, Matsui used another Game 6 to cement his Yankees legacy, driving in a World Series record-tying six runs to lead the Yankees to a 7-3 win and their 27th World Championship. His Fall Classic numbers are astounding: a .615 batting average (8-for-13) with a double, three home runs, eight RBIs and a 1.385 slugging percentage (the second-highest in World Series history among players with at least 10 at-bats).
Matsui and Reggie stand together with their Series RBI records. Matsui stands alone as the first pure DH to be named World Series MVP. For a player whose time in the Bronx may have run out, Matsui won his ring by taking over two of the biggest cities in the world, New York and Tokyo. And on a personal level, it was the ultimate validation on why he relocated to another country.
"I'm certainly aware that I represent Japan in that sense as a baseball player, but more so in my mind I feel that I am a member of the Yankees -- I'm a Yankee baseball player," Matsui said. "Being here, winning the World Series, becoming World Champions, that's what you strive for here.
"There's no doubt this is the greatest moment for me."