I have some major posts lined up for the next few days, with month-by-month season recaps and a full postseason recap on tap, among other things. However, I did want to briefly run through the people I am most happy for now that the Yankees have won their 27th World Championship.
I am happy for Alex Rodriguez, who took his reputation for failing in the clutch and shattered it with a barrage of clutch hits and epic home runs.
I am happy for AJ Burnett, who will catch plenty of flak for Game 5, but turned this Series around with a great performance in Game 2 and was able to saty healthy all year.
I am happy for CC Sabathia, who came through with 5 huge postseason starts after being questioned about his playoff history ceaselessly all year.
I am happy for Nick Swisher, who really changed the culture in this clubhouse and resurrected his career in NY.
I am happy for Hideki Matsui, who came here with the weight of a nation’s expectations on his shoulders, and finally delivered with a World Series MVP.
I am happy for Phil Hughes, who turned a disastrous 2008 into an excellent 2009 and reestablished himself as an arm to watch.
I am happy for Joba Chamberlain, who struggled with innings limits but found a way to contribute in the playoffs. He’s had a tough life, and provided one of the indelible moments of the celebration last night.
I am happy for Damaso Marte, who finally showed New Yorkers the stuff that made him a great reliever for many years.
I am happy for Melky Cabrera, who bounced back from an awful 2008 and quelled some doubts about his viability as a starter.
I am happy for Brian Cashman, who finally has a champion that he can unequivocally call his own.
I am happy for Joe Girardi, who stuck by his convictions all season in the face of doubts, and helped mold this team into a World Champion. He made just a handful of mistakes in the playoffs, and compensated by making some excellent decisions. He reconfigured his bullpen on the fly in the playoffs, was not afraid to use his pitchers on 3 days rest, and was liberal in his use of his greatest weapon, Mariano Rivera. I tip my hat to Joe, like this.
And finally, I am happy for us, the fans. It seems silly to outsiders, but 9 years of overwhelming expectations combined with Boston success made for an excruciating dry spell. But the wait is finally over. The Yankees are once again the World Champions of baseball. How sweet it is.
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