From Steve Lombardi:
Do the Yankees have to go on and win the World Series for this season to be considered “great”? Or, would it be enough just to reach the World Series – and the outcome of the Fall Classic doesn’t matter? Or, do the Yankees even have to win the ALCS for this season to be considered “great”? What if it’s a hard fought ALCS that goes six or seven games, and, in the end, the Yankees lose – but do it in a manner that’s not embarrassing (and they just get beat by a team who played better)? Is that “enough” for you, as a Yankees fan, to say this season was a success?
Me? I want to say “As long as they play hard, and don’t give away the ALCS, I can live with that.” But, deep down, inside, I want them to reach the World Series – at a minimum. And, if they get there, I’m probably not going to be “O.K.” with it if they lose.
I think that the 2009 season has already been a success, and anything that happens from this point forward will not change that. This team gave us one of the most thrilling seasons in recent memory, with tons of walk-offs and exciting moments to go with 103 wins and a division title. Will I be disappointed if they fail to win the World Series? Certainly. They are the best team in baseball, and should come out on top. However, the best team does not always win, and these Yankees can fall victim to a slightly lesser club in a short series. Declaring a season a failure without a championship is a bit obnoxious and would probably be considered ridiculous anywhere but New York and possibly Boston.
How about you? Can the 2009 season be considered successful without a World Series Championship?
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