Wednesday, November 4, 2009
YANKEES WIN THE 2009 WORLD SERIES!!!
Once Alex Rodriguez returned from his hip surgery, the Yankees were the best team in baseball. The best team doesn’t always make it to the promised land, but they did this year. Apparently having swagger and not being intimidated was less important than being the better team.
Andy Pettitte pitched ok, not great, but better than the ‘start Chad Gaudin because Pettitte is too old to throw on three days rest’ crowd probably thought he would. Pettitte ended up pitching the clinching game in all three postseason series, even though that’s more of a timing thing than a skill.
If this was Hideki Matsui’s last game in pinstripes, he picked a hell of a way to go out. Godzilla plated the first two runs of the game in the bottom of the second with a two-run HR off Pedro Martinez, and the Yankees led the rest of the way. Matsui then singled in the third and fourth runs in the third, and the Yankees had more runs than the Phillies would get for the rest of the night.
It’s amazing how Damaso Marte’s contract looks so much better now than it did a week ago.
And like he’s done so many times before, Mariano Rivera closed out the opposition in the postseason. Rivera, Pettitte, Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada get their “one for the thumb.”
Nine years between championships is not nearly as long as it probably felt like to us, as I’m sure fans of most other teams would attest. But this sure feels good anyway.
We bid a fond farewell to the Curse of Clay Bellinger as well.
So in one postseason, we saw the end of the Yankees’s supposed inability to beat the Angels, we saw that the idea that CC Sabathia was not capable of pitching in the postseason was psychobabble BS, and most importantly of all, we saw that the people who though Alex Rodriguez couldn’t perform in the clutch because of some sort of mental defect were completely and utterly wrong.
One small request, can we please not use this thread to talk about what the Yankees should do next year? Maybe we can just enjoy tonight? Who knows when they’ll be back here again?
There’ll be plenty of time to play GM going forward.
Updated World Series Odds
The rest of MLB: 0.0%
what an amazing season. thanks, boys
Team of the Decade!
Team of the Century!
There’s the good error 500’s and the bad ones. This is the former.
People are freaking out in the streets here.
How odd. Was the World Cup just won?
BTW - A-Rod has a RING.
This is good. Among other things, thanks SG for a special year.
I have nothing to complain about.
Hell, I’ll say it: DON has nothing to complain about!
A-Rod has as many World Series titles as Pedroia.
 Let’s not get ahead of ourselves….
Is it sick this may be the happiest day of my life? My first time experiencing a championship as a “real” fan. Whatever, I love you guys and I love the Yankees and I. LOVE. THIS. TEAM.
What a year, what a team. This really is a wonderful moment.
Fox just earned back a lot of goodwill with me with their replay of each of the players’ reactions to the final out. Tremendous.
Thanks, SG. Thanks, other lightning bolts. Thanks, all the great commenters here. Thanks, Yankees.
SUCK IT CLAY BELLINGER!!!!
God I’ve waited so long to say that.
I love this sport, this team, this site, all of you guys. Best season ever, best day ever.
Such a good feeling about this team all year long.
And Rilke! I retroactively include RILKE! And BD, and everyone else.
Hell, Iíll say it: DON has nothing to complain about!
Not true. The offseason looms.
Ding, dong, Clay Bellinger is dead!
Which Clay Bellinger? The wicked Clay Bellinger!
Trying to think of something to say and all that comes to mind is that this is awesome. Thanks, RLYW. Read you guys every day. Now back to lurking.
SO LONG CLAY BELLINGER!
I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!
A-Rod has a RING.
The Yanks rode him to this championship. Knowing him, he’s chomping at the bit for Spring Training!
Oh yeah, obviously, what a great job you did this year, SG.
And everyone else, too, of course, but we have to spotlight SG.
Just when I was feeling chilly, I can warm myself by a lovely HOT STOVE!
Wow. Thank you all for your commentary and commiseration! Mad props to the lightning bolts!
I was thinking curse of Freddy Guzman myself
Bud Selig cannot dampen my drunken enthusiasm!
World Champines ! I love saying that.
I would make a guess myself as to who the curse would be, but that would be talking about a move the Yankees will make, so I’ll abstain.
This is one grown man who is not ashamed to cry.
SG, but for your pie, we’d all have starved!
The streets of NY are filled with noise - no buses, but shouts and cries and even gunfire!
God, this is really the only way that the end of baseball is acceptable and possible to face.
Anyone else in NYC? What’s your neighborhood like?
I can’t believe how much noise they’re making outside?
 I put this team on my back this post season.
Ever since Alex returned this was systematically the best team in baseball. But in the post season being the best is just a point estimate for expected performance.
Congratulations to the World Champions.
ugh, Joe Girardi acting a damn fool!
what a fucking season! So much fun.
To paraphrase the immortal Pepper Johnson:
We are the World Champions… of the WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Awwww, Joe G, you’re so cute, even with your….ahahahahaha playing the game the right way!
So the Yankees have HFA over the Sox, right ? When is Game 1 ?
 Upper West Side around B’way and 72nd is quiet.
How fucking nuts is it that Hideki Matsui is the World Series MVP?
Goddamn, that’s awesomely out of nowhere!
HOW can you let him go now???
Nice, Matsui gets the MVP. Good for him.
It looks like they might not actually fire Joe Girardi now that this season has ended.
What a wonderful possibly ending note by Godzilla.
May I do 1/8 good in my life after I lose my knees.
It looks like they might not actually fire Joe Girardi now that this season has ended.
50/50 chance, I’d say.
Red Sox: 0.0%
What kind of jerkoff reporter asks him about being a free agent right now?
“Do you want to come back here next season?”
What the hell do you expect him to say?
“Fuck no, I hate this team and I especially hate this town and these shitty fans!”
Standard, I’m now adding fireworks to the mix… and I’m only 38 blocks up from you!
Oh great, Alex please tell the truth and tell everyone to fuck off. Please, that would be so great.
Don, you did. Thank you, too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Who is this jerkoff reporter? He threatens to ruin my endorphin induced high.
So we get the reporters asking JD about whether this is “better” than winning with the Sox and asking Hideki about being a FA. Nice guys, nice.
Not that I wanted to lose game 5 at the time, but it’s nice that they won it at home.
Matsui (to translator): “I just want to stay in New York, where they have many kittens and cat factories to set fire to, and the stomping of the kittens, which makes me very happy to be a Yankee.”
Congrats go out to #13, I know that the entire Vail Valley could not be more proud.
That translator was making all that up, wasn’t he.
A-rod….so happy for him, but what a dork! “we gonna party!” hahah
Alex almost told people to fuck off. “There were a lot of people running the other way…”
Joe Buck weeps tears of blood up in the booth
The “looming” thingy worked out pretty well. Started right before that Bosox series, was that September? I think so—Anyway, it carried the team all the way.
A sad post season looms for the Phillies.
THIS ONE’S FOR TONY WOMACK!!
I think there was just the right amount of “farns off” in Alex’s speech.
Also, honestly, we’re all gonna party, you better bet that they are too!
Yeah, Joe Buck sounds like he’d be happier if he were eating glass.
 So needed. That and dancing bananas.
Could Joe Buck been any less excited about the last out?
I swear to christ, if (when, really) I hear a single fuckhead say that the Yankees bought another title tomorrow, I will unhesitatingly commit assault and battery.
It’s just so wonderful that all of us A-Rod apologists are now armed with an iron-mailed fist.
Cockiest thing Jeter’s ever said: “This is right where I belong.”
Guess Andy could handle three days’ rest.
And we now know that Hideki Matsui is Pedro’s Daddy.
ESPN just talked about how Joe West’s strike zone was the same for both teams, then show Pettitte complaining about the strike zone.
Mo: “I’m going to play another 5 years.”
Jerkoff reporter: “Do you still have the Canyon of Heroes programmed in your GPS?”
Our Ghosts are scarier than your ghosts.
PS - This is our dance.
From Neyer, here’s my favorite stat, perhaps, of all time:
“The Yankees are now 204-1 when Rivera has been asked to protect a four-run lead.”
I thot he said, “this is right where it [the trophy] belongs”
DID YOU HEAR JETER COMPLETELY PWN ROLLINS?!?!
So Un-Jeter like but so very awesome.
How many days ‘til pitchers and catchers?
 What? Huh? What’d Jeter say?????
Oh, Mo Mo Mo.
Five Mo Years! FIVE MO YEARS!
One small request, can we please not use this thread to talk about what the Yankees should do next year?
I have one suggestion: they should win the World Series again. It’s really fun.
What did Jeet say in re Rollins?
WOW! Who is Gardner’s piece of ace?!!
“A man’s man”? I snickered.
Eight years ago to the day, my son had his heart broken by his favorite baseball team on his seventh birthday. He’ll never forget 2001, but he’ll never forget his very happy fifteenth either, because tonight, they paid him back.
That’s all I got ‘til tomorrow, guys. Too much traffic anyway.
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