Well, it’s finally here… the 2009 World Series will feature two powerhouse teams. For the 40th time the AL will be represented by the New York Yankees. They will have their hands full in trying to beat the defending champion Philadelphia Phillies for their 27th World Series Title.
These two played for the title in 1950.
Oddly enough, it was the Yankees as the defending Champions in that matchup. The Yankees swept Philadelphia in 4 games.
In Game 6 of the ALCS last night it appeared the Angels just might postpone that reunion. They had a strong outing from Joe Saunders and took a 1-0 lead in the 3rd inning on a Bobby Abreu single to right.
The main players in the NY lineup came out to play. Jeter was on base 3 times (all walks), Tex had 2 hits, A-Rod had 2 hits and was on base another 3 times with a free pass. It was a walk in the park for Alex all night long.
But, the damage was inflicted by the #2 hole, Johnny Damon. His 4th inning at bat with the bases loaded proved to be the key that unlocked the door to the World Series. Damon drove in 2 runs with his patented one handed swat.
It appears the New Yankee Stadium has the same magic as the old one and visiting teams feel the mystique.
As for last night’s YH? You certainly could argue that Alex Rodriguez had a fabulous day at the plate. He had two hits and walked 3 times as the Angels had suffered enough punishment from his Louisville Slugger.
But, it all comes down to producing runs and nobody did a better job at that than Johnny Damon.
Congrats Johnny – You are Yesterday’s Hitter!