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For the Yankees, one more great moment

Posted on: September 21, 2011 11:31 pm
 
Everywhere else, it seems, there are nervous moments.

For the Yankees, there are only great moments.

Maybe it won't be that way next month. Maybe the Yankee faults will show up, the rotation will be as fragile as it looks, and there will be disappointment in the Bronx.

For now, there are only nights like Wednesday.

Storybook nights.

The Yankees turned a foregone conclusion into something dramatic, but in the best possible way. They took a simple division-clinching game with a week to go in the season and turned it into theater.

And they found a way to give Jorge Posada his moment.

Incredible.

Posada has been the discarded Yankee all year, the disrespected Yankee. First they wouldn't let him catch, then they wouldn't even let him hit.

His biggest role was to celebrate with his friends, first for Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit and then for Mariano Rivera's 600th and record-setting 602nd save.

Then, suddenly and stunningly, the Yankees let Posada send them into the playoffs.

They sent him to the plate as a pinch hitter, with the bases loaded and the score tied in the eighth inning Wednesday night, and they watched him deliver the tie-breaking hit, sending them to a division-clinching 4-2 win over the Rays.

Of course.

Why not?

While the Red Sox struggle to hold off the Rays and now the Angels for the American League wild card, the Yankees have already won their 17th American League East title. For Posada, it's his 12th AL East crown he has been a part of, even if he has only been a small part of this one.

He was their starting catcher in the playoffs last year, but they told him in spring training that they didn't even want him to touch the equipment. He actually played second base this year before he caught.

He had the ugly night against the Red Sox, when he asked out of the lineup after manager Joe Girardi decided to bat him ninth. He had another tough night against the Red Sox, when Girardi let him know that he wasn't going to play much.

In 21 games this month, since rookie Jesus Montero was promoted to the big leagues, Posada has started just three of the 21 games the Yankees played. And yet, in the eighth inning Wednesday, Girardi chose Posada to pinch hit for Montero.

As CC Sabathia said Wednesday night on the YES network, plenty of people (and yes, I was one of them) said the Yankees wouldn't win the division because their rotation wasn't good enough.

So far, because of Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon and rookie Ivan Nova, it has been.

Will it be good enough next month?

Plenty of people will say it won't be. Maybe this time, plenty of people will be right.

But in this year where the Yankees have been able to summon great moments seemingly at will, maybe there will be more.

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Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: September 26, 2011 4:37 pm
 

For the Yankees, one more great moment

The Yankees payroll is less than 250 million true, but you said that their payroll wasn't even close to a quarter billion.  That is not true.  Even though they are 46 million dollars away from that number (which may seem like a lot by itself), relative to everyone else in baseball it is actually not that large of a number.
If anything, the Yankee payroll is closer to 200 million dollars instead of 250.  Like I said before, anyone who claims the Yankees have "a quarter billion dollar payroll" is inaccurate.  



Since: Jul 4, 2011
Posted on: September 25, 2011 4:39 pm
 

For the Yankees, one more great moment

The Yankees payroll is less than 250 million true, but you said that their payroll wasn't even close to a quarter billion.  That is not true.  Even though they are 46 million dollars away from that number (which may seem like a lot by itself), relative to everyone else in baseball it is actually not that large of a number.



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