Thursday, November 5, 2009

Yankees end the Curse of Hillary

My good friend Scott may have been right about the "Curse of Hillary." The Yankees last won the World Series in October 2000, right before Hillary Rodham Clinton became the junior senator from New York. The Yankees title drought continued for the next eight years until Clinton accepted Barack Obama's offer to become Secretary of State. Thank you, Mr. President!
I'm still on Cloud Nine after the Yankee victory. I was strangely calm yesterday before the game, probably because I felt so good about their chances last night with Andy Pettitte on the mound and a rested Mariano Rivera in the bullpen. I'm incredibly happy for Mo and Andy as well as Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada. They all played superbly, not just during the playoffs, but really throughout the season. Well-deserved victory for the Core Four!
But Brian Cashman made an interesting observation during his interview with Mike Francesa today. He talked about how in previous years new players had trouble integrating with the old guard, maybe because of intimidation, but that he encouraged the new players like Nick Swisher not to dwell on the "Yankee way" of doing things and just to be themselves. And it worked. Swisher, AJ Burnett and other new Yankees made things fun around the team again and that was probably a big factor in the Yanks winning it all.

Thanks to the US Senate for the photo.

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