Joe Girardi is fully enjoying his first appearance in League Championship Series as the New York Yankees manager.
Hopefully he would love that his joyous ride continues all the way to the Fall Classic. However, first of all they have to beat the red hot Los Angeles Angels.
As a manager, Girardi is counting on each of his squad members in order to accomplish the wish of all fans, management, and themselves. However, he has publicly mentioned that two very important players in order to get to the World Series are All-Star and Reliever of the Year Mariano Rivera and catcher Jorge Posada.
Both Rivera and Posada were part of the three-peat championships (1998-2000) and the not-so-lucky 2001 and 2003 teams. Both are part of a probable Yankee era that is getting to his end with such luminaries as Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte.
For many years Latino players have been part of the fabric of the success of the New York Yankees. Of course, Rivera, whom probably will be a future hall of famer, and Posada are a big part of history.
This is a good moment to remember, in my opinion, are the top 10 performances by Yankee Latino players in League Championship Series action:
Bernie Williams, 1996, .474, 2 HR, 6 RBI
Bernie Williams, 1998, .381, 0 HR, 5 RBI
Orlando Hernández, 1999, 15.0 IP, 1 W, 13 SO
Mariano Rivera, 1999, 4.2 IP, 2SV, 0.00 ERA
Orlando Hernández, 2000, 15.0 IP, 2 W, 14 SO
Bernie Williams, 2000, .400, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Alfonso Soriano, 2001, .400, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Bernie Williams, 2001, .235, 3 HR, 5 RBI
Mariano Rivera, 2003, 8.0 IP, 2SV, 1.12 ERA, 6 SO
Jorge Posada, 2003, .296, 1 HR, 6 RBI