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Today on Pinstripe Alley - 11/4/22

The 13th anniversary of the 2009 championship hits with the Yankees still stuck outside of the Fall Classic since then.

Philadelphia Phillies v New York Yankees, Game 6 Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Thirteen years.

How has it been 13 years already since this championship ballclub secured its crown? As a ‘90s kid who was far more interested in Pokémon and The Legend of Zelda than baseball, I missed out on the dynasty years, and even in 2000, I was watching “The Simpsons” and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” much more than I ever thought about the Yankees.

I started regularly tracking the Yankees in the Star-Ledger and on MSG a year later, so 2009 remains the only championship I’ve followed as a diehard in 22 seasons of watching this team. I expect no sympathy from, say, Mets or Orioles fans, but whatever. At least I’ll always have memories of Hideki Matsui bombs and steady pitching from Andy Pettitte, Damaso Marte, and Mariano Rivera closing out the World Series on November 4, 2009.

Today on the site, Peter will recap Game 5 of this year’s less-cool Fall Classic, Sam will grade Matt Carpenter’s surprising 2022, and Jeff will discuss Aaron Boone’s recent comments on Josh Donaldson. Later on, Malachi will look back at the most tense moments of the 2022 Yankees season by Leverage Index, Andrés will explore internal options for replacing Donaldson at third, and Matt will remember forgotten fielding mishaps by the Cubs in the infamous Babe Ruth “Called Shot” game.

2022 World Series:

Off until Game 6 in Houston tomorrow night.


1. Where were you when the Yankees won the 2009 World Series?

2. Hideki Matsui was the deserving MVP, but who would you have voted as runner-up?