Twenty-seven times the Yankees have won a World Series. It was Joe Girardi who chose to carry the burden of that number on his back for his first two seasons as the skip. Now, he won’t have a burden to carry, but a decision to change numbers awaiting.
The Yankees beat the Phillies 7-3 last night, propelled by Hideki Matsui’s six runs batted in, the World Series MVP.
Matsui gave the Yankees an early lead on a two-run homer in the second inning, and then drove in two more on a single in the third. But he wasn’t done yet. After Mark Teixeira drove home Derek Jeter in the fifth, Matsui smacked a two-run double to make it 7-1.
The Phillies finally got to Andy Pettitte in the sixth with two runs, forcing him out of the game. Joba Chamberlain, Damaso Marte, and who else, but Mariano Rivera closed out the game, the series, and the season as John Sterling would say. Full box score here.
In 1923, the Yankees won their first World Series in their brand new stadium. Last night, the Yankees won their last World Series in their brand new stadium. Absolutely amazing.
I cannot say enough about Hideki Matsui. Six RBIs in five innings is unreal. I was almost even more surprised with Marte’s ability to strike out Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. With Mo, there wasn’t too much surprise.
Line of the Night:
Matsui: 3-for-4, HR, 6 RBI, 2B, R. Meet your MVP, world.
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