Sunday, October 25, 2009

Fallen Angels! Yanks going to the World Series!

Andy Pettitte just showed why he's the best, big-game pitcher in the playoffs today, with another powerful performance to end the Angels season. His intensity was palpable and if the Halos thought they had a chance going in, he quickly disabused them of that notion on his way to claiming sole possession of the record for the most postseason wins at 16.

"There's no other guy we want on the mound," said CC Sabathia.

Mariano Rivera, after a stumble in the 8th inning, came back to close the game for his record-extending 37th postseason save.

In accepting the American League Championship Series trophy, Joe Girardi seemed very emotional, particularly when he was thanking George Steinbrenner for giving him the opportunity to be the Yankee manager. "We're trying to do this for Pops," he said.

In his first playoff tour with the Yanks, CC went 2-0 to pick up a well-deserved Most Valuable Player award. It could have gone to Alex Rodriguez, but it seems right to give it to their bulldog starting pitcher.

The Yanks really let loose during the post-game party. Even Derek Jeter, normally quite composed, looked like he was having a lot of fun tonight. The Yanks deserve to enjoy this celebration. They'll think about what comes next tomorrow. Bring on the Phillies, baby!

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