Yankees beat Phillies to win 27th World Series title
Paint the town in pinstripes! Nearly a decade after their dynasty ended on a blooper in the desert, the New York
It was the team’s first since winning three straight from 1998-2000.
“It feels better than I remember it,”
Matsui, the Series MVP, powered a quick rout of old foe
What a way for
It certainly ended a lot better than it started – with a steroids scandal involving A-Rod, followed by hip surgery that kept him out until May.
“My teammates, coaches and the organization stood by me and now we stand here as world champions,” said Rodriguez, who admitted using steroids from 2001-03 while with Texas. “We’re going to enjoy it, and we’re going to party!”
Utley tied Reggie Jackson’s record with five home runs in a Series. But
“I told them that I loved the way they played. We’re fighters and never quit,” Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said. “We want to keep what we got as far as attitude and chemistry.”
In a fitting coincidence, this championship came eight years to the day that the
Steinbrenner spent billions trying to win another Series. At long last, his team did.
Fittingly, it was dedicated to the 79-year-old owner, who has been in declining health and didn’t make the trip from his home in Tampa, Fla.
Still, his presence was felt.
“Boss, this is for you,” the giant video screen in center field flashed during postgame ceremonies while his son, Hal, the team’s managing general partner, accepted the championship trophy.
For the Four Amigos, it was ring No. 5.
Now, all on the other side of age 35, they have another success to celebrate. And surely they remember the familiar parade route, up Broadway through the Canyon of Heroes.
“It’s an honor for me to win a championship with those guys. They are Yankee legends,”
But, hey, Babe and Yogi, Mr. October and Joltin’ Joe – you’ve got company. Teixeira,
Moments after the final out,
Players high-fived fans, then sprayed bubby behind the mound – the same sort of celebration Philadelphia enjoyed just last year after beating Tampa Bay.
“We think we can be back here again and again. We have a great squad,” closer
New York wasted its chance to wrap things up in Game 5 at Philadelphia, then set its sights on clinching the World Series at home for the first time since 1999.
While nine years between titles is hardly a drought for most teams, it was almost an eternity in Yankeeland.
New York’s eight seasons without a championship was the third-longest stretch for the
Jackson’s three homers in Game 6 against the Los Angeles
“It’s awesome,” Matsui said through a translator. “Unbelievable. I’m surprised myself.”
Playing perhaps his final game with the
A slumping Teixeira added an RBI single in the fifth off reliever
A designated hitter with balky knees, Matsui came off the bench in all three games at Philadelphia. Still, he had a huge Series, going 8 for 13 (.615) with three homers and eight RBIs. His go-ahead shot off an effective Martinez in Game 2 helped the
Bobby Richardson was the only other player with six RBIs in a World Series game, doing it for the
Matsui’s big hits built a comfortable cushion for a feisty Pettitte, who shouted at plate umpire Joe West while coming off the field in the fourth. Still, Pettitte extended major league records with his 18th postseason win and sixth to end a series.
The 37-year-old left-hander, pitching on three days’ rest, became the first pitcher to start and win the clincher in all three postseason rounds. He beat Minnesota and the Los Angeles
Pettitte lasted 5 2-3 innings, allowing three runs, four hits and five walks. Chamberlain and
“You don’t look at it as a failure,” Howard said. “We had a great season. We just got beat by the better team.”
It had been nearly a half-century since players had won five titles with one team. The last to do it? Of course a bunch of
For second-year manager Joe Girardi, a three-time
Howard set a World Series record with 13 strikeouts. …