Yankees 5, Angels 2
They dashed from the dugout and in from the outfield, swarming
“I couldn’t be more excited,” he said. “I feel like a 10-year-old kid.”
Making it to the World Series for the first time after all those misses will do that to you.
The New York
Next up, New York hosts defending champion Philadelphia in the World Series opener Wednesday night.
Ridiculed in the past for his October flops, the three-time MVP played a huge role in helping his team advance through the playoffs, batting .438 with five home runs and 12 RBIs. Thriving under late-inning pressure this time around, the slugger earned his first trip to the Fall Classic during a 16-year career in which he’s accomplished almost everything else.
“That’s what you play for,” Rodriguez said. “In order to win a World Series, you have to get there first.”
Cameras flashed in the stands throughout the ninth inning as the crowd roared louder and louder with each pitch.
Rivera received a huge hug from catcher
“I feared that I wouldn’t be able to contribute, so I had a lot of limitations,” Rodriguez said about his previous playoff failures. “The whole year for me was about trusting my teammates and being one of the guys.”
Pettitte set a postseason record for wins,
“It’s really not a surprise that we are here. I hate to sound like that,” said Sabathia, signed along with fellow free agents Teixeira and
Not a bad way for Jeter, Posada and crew to finish up the first season at the team’s new $1.5 billion ballpark. As Yankee Stadium grew dark, Sabathia’s and Girardi’s kids ran around the bases on an empty infield.
“We want to enjoy this tonight. We’ll worry about Philly tomorrow,” Jeter said. “Hopefully, we can play one more great series.”
For manager Mike Scioscia and his sloppy
“At times we played good baseball. At times we shot ourselves in the foot,” Scioscia said.
After rain postponed Game 6 for a day, the clear weather and mild, 58-degree temperature at first pitch was a stark change from the first two games of the series, when the
Pettitte escaped a jam in the sixth, going to 3-0 on
With one on and one out in the seventh, Pettitte left to a standing ovation and tipped his cap to the sellout crowd of 50,173, the largest at the new ballpark. He earned his 16th postseason win, breaking a tie with
“We’ve got a lot of confidence in Andy when he’s on the mound. He’s been a big-game pitcher for us for 14 years,” Jeter said.
A diving play by Teixeira at first base helped Rivera avoid further damage.
It was the first earned run allowed at home by the 39-year-old Rivera in a postseason save situation. But the
Rivera finished up for his record 37th postseason save, and the
“You bring him in, you feel like the game’s over. He’s the best,” Pettitte said.
Rodriguez reached base all five times up and drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth that put New York ahead 3-1. Earlier in the inning, Damon gave the
Including their unprecedented collapse against Boston in 2004, the
But this time, New York got it done with leadership from Jeter, Pettitte, Rivera and Posada, all part of the late 1990s dynasty under manager Joe Torre.
As for Rodriguez, his tumultuous year began with a tense news conference to admit steroids use from 2001-03 with Texas, then hip surgery that sidelined him until May.
It will end in the World Series.
“Pretty incredible, especially with all the stuff I’ve been through this year,” he said. “I just felt very happy and very blessed, and all I cared about this year was winning games.”
Normally airtight on defense and fundamentals, the
With no Rally Monkey bouncing around the video board in the Bronx, Los Angeles failed to pull off one of its signature comebacks. The
Looking to lock up the pennant, the
Always a picture of poise and focus in October, narrowed eyes peering between his cap and glove as he takes his signs on the mound, Pettitte also owns postseason records with 38 starts and 237 1-3 innings pitched.
Pettitte was pitching at home for the
This one was a different story.
“They beat us fair and square,”