The Yankees have been to the playoffs every year (with the exception of last year) since 1995. But this victory--the 40th pennant--was especially sweet.
This is one of my favorite Yankees teams. This is the best baseball the team's played since 2001. The power is there but this team also bunts well, hits the cut-off man, takes the extra base, etc. Proof that the best team money can buy doesn't win unless it plays fundamentally sound baseball. They did and they won the pennant.
It was especially nice to finally beat the pesky Angels who have owned the Yankees the past decade.
My favorite line . . . quoted in the context of the Dos Equis commercial ("the most interesting man in the world"). "Mariano Rivera gave up a run in the eighth just to see how it feels." Rivera hadn't given up a run in the playoffs at Yankee Stadium since 2001.