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Curtis Granderson is having a monster year
The New York Yankees are once again at the top of the AL East and heading to the playoffs. The Yankees with Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter Alex Rodriguez, C.C. Sabathia and Mariano Rivera are beginning to show their age, but are primed for another run at the world championship.
The dream matchup for the Yankees would have to be the San Francisco Giants. Prior to the Giants moving to San Francisco in 1958, these two teams, along with the Brooklyn Dodgers, were battling for the loyalties of the fans of New York.
The last time the Yankees and Giants met in the World Series was in 1962. The Yankees won that series by the barest of margins. In the ninth inning, with the Giants trailing by one run and Matty Alou on first base, Willie Mays came to the plate with two outs.
Mays lashed a line drive down the right field line. As Alou raced around the bases, the right fielder cut the ball off and threw it back to the infield. Alou was held at third and Mays had a double.
Willie McCovey was the next hitter and drilled a line drive that was snared by second baseman Bobby Richardson to end the game and the series. Had that ball been a foot higher of to the right, both Alou and Mays would have scored and the Giants would have won their first World Series in San Francisco.
The rain that drenched the field prior this game slowed the ball up so the right fielder was able to cut it off before it reached the fence. That would have enabled Alou to easily score the tying run.
Mays has often stated that had he been the base runner, he "would have scored some kinda way." In a twist of fate, the man who hit that ball also would have had to be the base runner, enabling the Giants to score.
Had McCovey's line drive gone through and the Giants won the World Series, there is no telling how many more championships Mays and McCovey would have won together. Sometimes it just takes that one breakthrough and the flood gates open.
A Yankees - Giants World Series would bring back memories of 1962. It would also be very exciting as we would get to see the stellar Giants' pitching of Lincecum, Cain, Bumgarner and Wilson face Granderson, Teixeira, Jeter, Cano and A Rod.