New York Yankees: Inside the Number 27

Andrew MeaseContributor INovember 4, 2009

First off, let me congratulate the Yankees on winning their 27th World Championship by defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 in Game Six at the new Yankee Stadium.

The point of this article is to go in depth into the number 27, and even using the two and the seven in a math equation to analyze it. I hope you enjoy.

Twenty-seven = The number of world championships for the New York Yankees after defeating the Philadelphia Phillies to win the World Series in six games.

Twenty-seven = Babe Ruth’s number multiplied by Roger Maris’, three and nine. It is also the number formed when combining Derek Jeter and Mickey Mantle’s number, two and seven.

Twenty-seven = the number of doubles for Derek Jeter in 2009 and the amount of doubles Jeter now has in his postseason career after his double in the clincher.

7 + 2 = 9: Years between the past two titles. The longest such drought was 18 years, which happened between 1978 and 1996, and this one is the third-longest in team history. The second-longest occurred between 1962 and 1977.

7-2 = 5: Derek Jeter, Hideki Matsui, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera.  The only five Yankees remaining from the 2003 World Series loser.

A final tidbit that involves the No. 27 jersey for the Yankees:

Darrell Rasner. The last Yankee to wear No. 27 during a game, back in 2007. Joe Girardi currently sports the number.

I hope you enjoyed my tribute to the No. 27 for the Yankees and their 27th title.