Sunday, September 27, 2009

Yankees Clinch AL East

Although we knew it was coming, the sight of the Yankees formally clinching both the AL East and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs was gratifying and fun, especially since it came at the expense of the Red Sox. After starting the season with eight straight wins against the Yanks, the Saux had to suffer through their latest butt-whipping by the Yanks, who swept their way to their destiny. It was great to see the new guys living it up during the post-game celebration, especially Nick Swisher. It's easy to forget that he helped keep the team afloat in April and May during A-Rod's DL stint and Mark Teixeira's early struggles. Even some of the veteran Yanks got a little giddy, including Mo, who took the liberty of pouring champagne all over YES Network clubhouse reporter Kim Jones. It's nice to see that even though he has experienced so much success in his Hall of Fame career, Mariano can still enjoy these moments as much as his proteges. Jeter seemed somewhat subdued at times, probably due to his consistent mantra that anything short of a World Series is a lost season. Here's hoping this is the first of four celebrations on the way to the ultimate title!!!

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