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World Series Game 6: It ends tonight.

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"Have you ever seen Gattaca?"

"Um. Oh. Yeah. With Halle Berry?"

"Huh? No..you're thinking of Gothika. Wait, you've seen Gothika?"

"No."

"Then why did you say--ok, nevermind, the point is, there's this part in the movie where these 2 guys, who always have these swimming competitions with each other, are like treading water in the middle of the ocean, and one guy says, 'How did you do it? How do always, always beat me?' and the other guy says, 'You know how I did it? I never saved anything for the way back.'"

That was a conversation I had with my sister after Game 5.

The Yankees don't need Game 7. The 2009 baseball season ends tonight.

Put everything in. Andy Pettitte with short rest. Pedro Martinez with long-history. A Yankee line-up whose made a living just-besting their postseason opponents. A fanbase that's teetered on nerves, anxiety, but always hope.

A team that's been waiting for this for 9 years.

Never save anything for the swim back.

Because it ends tonight.


Lineup

Philadelphia Phillies @ New York Yankees

11/04/09 7:57 PM EST

Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees
Jimmy Rollins - SS Derek Jeter - SS
Shane Victorino - CF Johnny Damon - LF
Chase Utley - 2B Mark Teixeira - 1B
Ryan Howard - 1B Alex Rodriguez - 3B
Jayson Werth - RF Hideki Matsui - DH
Raul Ibanez - DH Jorge Posada - C
Pedro Feliz - 3B Robinson Cano - 2B
Ben Francisco - LF Nick Swisher - RF
Carlos Ruiz - C Brett Gardner - CF