The Yankees have clinched the AL East championship series and have rightfully claimed the ticket to face the defending Philadelphia Phillies. Watching veterans Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera celebration on the mound in Game 6 of the ALCS was reminiscent of their early and younger days as a Yankee. We can't blame them; they last World Series appearance was 2003. They have endured a lot of trials, criticisms and injuries every year the Yankees are of the World Series.
Yet, these four veterans stayed on and endured a lot of changes in the Yankees organization. Now, they are reaping the fruits of their hard work, loyalty and patience. Cheers to the four of you; you're all true-blue Yankee veterans!
The Yankees built a superb team after a span of 6 years of failure to reach the World Series. They now have an ace pitcher courtesy of ALCS MVP CC Sabathia which is joined by AJ Burnett and Andy Pettitte. Pitchers Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain have blossomed and gained a lot of confidence during the season. Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira are tearing apart opposing pitchers. As you can see, the Yankees are a dangerous team from positions 1 to 9. The veteran players have bonded well with their young and homegrown talented teammates.
The defending champs Phillies are a confident bunch of players and they also have the tools to counter the Yankees in every department. They have ace pitcher Cliff Lee to counter CC Sabathia, power hitters Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino and closer Brad Lidge. These could be an enticing and toe-to-toe battle between two great baseball teams. Heck, that's why it is called the World Series; you must beat the best to be the best.
Game 1 officially starts on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at Yankees Stadium. It's time to set up the TV and cook some popcorn as we anticipate the clash of these two baseball titans. The sports book bettors gave CC Sabathia and the Yankees a slight edge to win in Game 1 against Cliff Lee and his Phillies.