Monday, October 26, 2009

Congratulations, Yankees!

Congratulations to the New York Yankees for winning its 40th American League Pennant on its quest for an unprecedented 27th World Series championship. This is a great matchup with the defending champs, Philadelphia Phillies. In fact, this may be the best World Series matchup since 1999 when the Yanks faced the Atlanta Braves.

On a sidenote, my niece asked me the other day what was the Phillies’ nickname and I was like, “huh?” Then it dawned on me. The name Philadelphia Phillies is like being called the New York Big Apples. Anyway, I really like this Phillies team with the addition of former Cleveland Indians’ ace Cliff Lee (who replaced the former former Cleveland ace CC Sabathia who is now the Yankees’ ace). The Indians fans must be kicking themselves right now.

Also, another baseball oddity: When the Yankees opened up the original Yankee Stadium in 1923 they won the World Series (defeating the defending champs New York Giants), in 1976 when they opened the renovated Yankee Stadium they went to the World Series (and lost to the defending champs Cincinnati Reds), and now with the new Yankee Stadium the Yanks return to the World Series and face another defending champ. Amazing. Let’s hope this 1923 all over again and not 1976.


  1. Sorry I can't rejoice with you. The rivalry runs too deep through my veins. But my husband is rooting for the Yankees to win. He doesn't feel, however, that the match up is going to be great. He thinks the Yanks will blow the Phillies away.

  2. I think this is the 1923 scenario, Steve. After all, like you pointed out, the 1976 one was a renovation. This is a brand new stadium, so hopefully the inaugural luck will ring true for the Yanks.

    I can't think of a better way to christen what the Red Sox fans fervently hoped was a "cursed" stadium.