The team went all-in on an extended strategy based on getting CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira. Say what you will about Brian Cashman or the Steinbrenner family, it worked.
It’s the Series that capped the season, a real fall classic that comes at just the right time. 2009 didn’t have drama or records, but it was a combination of talent, market size, and economy that pushed the World Series and the playoffs to solid TV ratings and a mindshare that competed with the NFL. Who’d have thought we’d be talking about a ratings surge in one sport and a possible apocalyptic strike in another and have the positives going to baseball?
Maybe Joe Girardi does overmanage. Maybe Alex Rodriguez really is a choker Centaur. Maybe the new Stadium doesn’t have ghosts. What they all have now is a new championship banner and a set of rings on the way. Whether this was for George (as Selig said) or for their fans, #27 was memorable.
(Congrats to Hideki Matsui on the World Series MVP. Well deserved and a nice going away gift, perhaps. I still would have voted for Chase Utley, but I won’t quibble with Matsui.)