I have immense respect for the New York Yankees. Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera — first-ballot Hall of Famers who have spent their entire careers with the same franchise — are class personified. Even amid talk of the mythical $189 million ceiling for next year, the Yankees (unlike other franchises) have an enduring commitment to winning, with 27 World Series championships to prove it. Their run of 17 postseason appearances in the past 18 years — a major league record — stands as one of baseball’s great achievements in an era of increased competitive balance.
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