So they made it. The Yankees, World Series Champs.
The crazy part of this is that they made it with half of their cylinders firing, sputtering across the line. They barely made it, with Melky Cabrera and Damon coming up lame and two parts of a five man rotation missing.
Chien Ming Wang...long gone.
Joba Chamberlain...ineffective as a starter.
Nick Swisher and Cano and Posada were non factors in the last game...and for most of the playoffs for the first two of that bunch. We all knew who hit and didn't. It was a true team effort that is rare to see in these days. They didn't have their best stuff but won anyway. Next year they should be by all accounts stronger and deeper than this year.
Francisco Cervelli will replace Jose Molina as the back up catcher, because they can pay him peanuts and he is a way better hitter and is by what I saw of him this year a better defensive catcher who may just call better games than Posada.
Either Chien Ming will return or the Yanks will sign someone to be a fourth starter. Mitre may come back from his injury...it takes time...and Hughes and Joba are growing up and finally saw the true pressure of the World Series...this should theoretically make Joba have a thicker skin which he needs so badly.Hughes saw how young he was. Marte will be a force next year...Nady may return...if Nady does Hinske won't.
The Yanks will also have appearances from Austin Jackson next year and maybe Jesus Montero...who is touted to be the best prospect in all of baseball at 19 years of age.
So if MO and Pettitte play for one more year...and stay healthy...and if they resign Damon...maybe even Matsui for a year...they can have a monster of a repeat year. Even better than this one.