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27 RINGS! But Now What?

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04:  Mariano Rivera #42 (L), Damaso Marte, Mark Teixeira #25 (C) and Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees celebrate with teammates after their 7-3 win against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Six of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on November 4, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Andrew PhillipsCorrespondent INovember 5, 2009

The New York Yankees have just nailed down their 27th World Series Championship. Contrary to Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins' prediction that the Phillies would win in 5 games, the Yankees handled the Phillies in 6 games. But at what cost? Sentiment has already kicked in for Yankee fans. Some of the keys to this champion team are in serious question for next year. Their future in Yankee pinstripes is questionable at best. While quelled by the Series itself, rumors were rampant that Johnny Damon was headed to the Chicago White Sox. In his post-game interview, Damon mentioned his being in the last year of his contract. Coincidence? Andy Pettite spun a gem in game 6, and was shown to be rather emotional as he jogged off the mound. For someone who has had his battles with retirement, I wouldn't be shocked to see "Dandy Andy" walk away for good. Hideki Matsui. 6RBIs in game 6. 6RBIs in what will probably be his final game in his Yankee career. The question persists: Will the 2010 Yankees resemble this team? Only time will tell. But remember. This is New York. If Andy, Matsui, and Damon don't return, and the Yankees struggle next year? It'll be off with Girardi's head. Yankees baseball. Yankees mentality. Welcome back.

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