At times like this I like to reflect on recent history and how great the Yankees are. In my mind there is no doubt that the Yankees are the franchise of the decade. Two World Series as bookends and nine playoff appearances in ten years makes it a no-brainer. The Yankees take the title as franchise of the decade for the seventh time (1920s-1960s, 1990s, and 2000s).
More interesting is whether the 2009 Yankees are the best team this decade
I see three criteria for the best team of a decade.
1. Did they win the World Series? The 2001 Mariners and the 2002 A's were great but they couldn't get a world championship so they are out.
3. Their performance in the regular season. The 2000 Yankees, 2003 Marlins, 2005 White Sox, 2008 Phillies, and 2006 Cardinals were good teams that got hot at the right time (or "knew how to win)" They were far from great teams.
This leaves four contenders:
2009 Yankees 103-59 (Pythagorean record 95-67). 11-4 postseason.
2007 Red Sox 96-66 (101-61 Pythagorean) 11-3 postseason
2004 Red Sox (wild card) 98-64 (96-66 Pythagorean) 11-3 postseason.
2002 Angels (wild card) 99-63 (101-61 Pythagorean) 11-5 postseason.
I'm inclined to downgrade the two wild card teams leaving the '09 Yanks and '07 Sox as the top two. Your thoughts?