Well, the Yankees made it official Sunday night. They are going to the World Series for the first time since 2003, when they lost the championship to Josh Beckett and the Florida Marlins.
I was at the game. I was able to see my beloved Yankees finally overcome their demons and beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the playoffs for the first time, first-hand.
I was actually surprised at the ease in which the Yankees overtook Los Angeles.
That is not to take anything away from the Angels. They were a very formidable opponent.
However, in many instances, the Angels beat themselves more so than they were beaten by the Yankees. The typically defensively-sound Angels committed eight errors during the six-game series—many of which led to damage.
CC Sabathia was awarded the ALCS MVP for his two absolutely dominant pitching performances in Games One and Four.
Sabathia went 2-0 while pitching 16 innings over the two games (eight innings in each). In addition, he fanned 20 while surrendering only two runs.
Consideration for the award also went to the rejuvenated Alex Rodriguez, who went 9-21 in the series with three home runs and six runs batted in, including his memorable game-tying homer in the 11th inning of Game Two.
Other noteworthy ALCS performances include those of Mariano Rivera (7.0 IP, 2 SV, 1 ER), Johnny Damon (9-30, 2 HR, 5 RBI) and Melky Cabrera (9-23, 4 RBI, 3 BB).
For Los Angeles, Vladimir Guerrero batted .370 (10-27) with a home run and five runs batted in, while Angels ace John Lackey pitched 12.1 innings and posted a 3.65 earned run average.
New York will play the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series.
In the NLCS, Philadelphia easily handled the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team with the National League's best regular-season record in 2009, putting them away in five games.
The Fall Classic is scheduled to start Wednesday night, though the time of the first pitch is yet to be determined.
Every World Series game can be seen on Fox.
I will be back either later tonight or tomorrow to preview this year's World Series, which should be an excellent matchup between two teams with power-laden lineups and dominant starting pitching staffs.
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