In truly historic fashion, the New York Yankees beat the Phillies 4 games to 2 to win the 2009 World Series. This is the 27th championship title for the Yankees, and this championship run was a great way to close the 2009 season at their brand new ballpark.
Led by their outstanding starting pitching, the Yankees were dominant in several of the games and took advantage of the Phillies inability to knock their starters out early. CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte were both incredible and AJ Burnett threw a gem in Game 2 for the champs.
Offensively, the Yankees did it all very well. Collecting clutch hits, scoring runs in bunches, and taking advantage of having a hitter’s count when battling the Phillies pitchers are just a few of the reasons that the Yankees prevailed. Derek Jeter was on base often. Alex Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui each took turns being catalysts for run production in the Yankee victories.
And then there is Mariano Rivera. Whether he is needed to get 2 guys out or if he has to throw 40 pitches over 2 innings, Mo is almost always superb!! His ability to dominate during the most stressful situations is what makes him stand out as one of the best closers in post-season history.
Congratulations to the New York Yankees. This is a championship that many of us(not me) predicted would happen. I also firmly believe that this is a championship that they had to win. Under the gun, and with more pressure on them that any other team would face, the Yankees prevailed and now they can proudly boast that they are the ‘Best Team in Baseball”