New York Yankees 2009 Season

Cornielius Jackson-EdwardsCorrespondent IJune 26, 2009

BOSTON - JUNE 11: CC Sabathia #52 of  New York Yankees throws against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on June 11, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The 2009 New York Yankees have a 40 - 32 record and they are in second place in the American League East Division being four games behind the Boston Red Sox.

The Yanks have had their ups and downs this year. Some of their ups is that they have a great pitcher named CC Sabathia, they have a better first baseman than they have had in the past, they have more power hitting, and they have Brett Garder starting at center field over Melky Cabrera. The downs have been injuries, managing, and struggles against the biggest rivals Boston Red Sox.

Alex Rodriguez is not having that good of a year, and I think it might be because of his injury and the controversy of steroids. I am very proud of him for admitting that he took steroids, but I think he should have fessed up eariler, but at least he did it. Rodriguez has been known to do badly in the clutch and in the playoffs. He did okay in the clutch against the Mets with a walkoff first base on error when Mets second baseman Luis Castillo dropped a pop fly with two outs, and the Yankees scored two runs to win the game 9-8. A-Rod did tie Reggie Jackson yesterday for 11th on the all-time home run list with 563 home runs.

Closer Mariano Rivera is one save away from having 500 career saves. Rivera has been good for the Yankees since he has been there.

Joe Girardi is in his second season as Yankees manager since Joe Torre took a bad exit after controversy with the Steinbrenners. I really think the Yankees should have kept Joe Torre for never missing the playoffs, winning four World Series, and six pennants.

The Yankees had a busy off-season spending over $400 million and moving to the new Yankee Stadium. CC Sabathia is the highest paid pitcher in baseball because his contract is worth $161 million. The Yankees take advantage of not having a salary cap, but that’s a good thing because they spend money to have a good team, and that’s what teams should do. Teams shouldn’t be cheap.

The Yankees have the highest payroll and attendance in the MLB like every year. Part of the reason that their attendance is so high is because they play in the largest populated city in America, and they have been in New York since 1903 when they were the New York Highlanders.

No fan in this country would ever believe this, but the New York Yankees were the Baltimore Orioles from 1901-1902.

The Yankees nicknames are The Bronx Bombers, The Yanks, The Pinstripers, and the Bronz Zoo.

I don’t think the Yankees should get rid of the old Yankee Stadium because there is too much history there. There is good and bad history, but they have a lot more good history there. The new stadium cost over one billion dollars because there are more luxuries. There are less seats there than at the old stadium.

I hope you good, loyal Yankees fans enjoy this season.