YANKS’ ROAD TO 28
Hey, Texas – don’t mess with New York!
That’s the message that the AL West champion Texas Rangers might
want to heed as they host the
Yankees tonight in Arlington in the
first game of the American League Championship Series.
Four wins and the
Yanks will be back in the World
Series for the 41st time – in line for an amazing 28th title.
Once again, the Core Four – Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge
Posada and Mariano Rivera – are the heart of the effort, each in
pursuit of a sixth ring.
But this year other heroes stepped up, too: Second baseman
Robinson Cano’s MVP-caliber year complemented sluggers Alex
Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira – creating, with Jeter, an All-Star
Phil Hughes emerged as the de facto No. 2 starter behind 21-game
winner (and Cy Young candidate) CC Sabathia.
Yes, in September, the
Yanks looked a bit wobbly, playing
barely .500 ball. But that’s ancient history.
The club swept the Minnesota Twins in the divisional series –
thanks in large part, by the way, to timely hits from center
fielder Curtis Granderson, who’d been a disappointment earlier this
Meanwhile, the Rangers’ five-game series with the Rays leaves
them exhausted and unable to use standout postseason pitcher Cliff
Lee until Game Three.
Perhaps fate is smiling on the Bombers.