Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Yankees once again look like champions

The Yankees are on their way to the playoffs for the 14th time in 15 seasons. What distinguishes this trip from so many of their recent abbreviated October excursions is that for the first time since 2003 and 2004, you get the feeling they could … go … all … the … way.

Yeah, I know that they’ve been sputtering and stumbling on their final West Coast swing of the season. Joba Chamberlain has been overruled either by fatigue or the silly restriction on the innings he can pitch. Andy Pettitte felt a tweak in his elbow a week ago. A.J. Burnett has been less than inspiring. Mariano Rivera finally blew a save.

In other recent years, this litany might have inspired fans to start forming lines on the George Washington Bridge so they could be among the first to jump off when another fine season blew up in their faces. But this year, even in the world of New York tabloid journalism and panic-driven talk radio, there’s been no suggestion that the Yankees can’t handle anything that’s thrown at them.

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