Wednesday, October 7, 2009

As we watch a special season reach October...

This is what we wait for. Better yet, this is what we LIVE for. After 162, sometimes great, sometimes terrible, and often boring games, we've made it. It's time for October baseball, it's time for the 2009 MLB Playoffs. Luckily for Yankees fans, this wasn't just a boring regular season.

We watched our team transform. We watched as AJ Burnett and Nick Swisher behaved in a way many of us had never seen a player in pinstripes before. As just a 22 year old, I know I certainly haven't seen it.

We watched our perennial punching bag (And also Yankees perennial offensive leader), hit "rock bottom", as those with an addiction would describe it. Alex Rodriguez would admit to steroid use after he was outed back in February, and not long after would discover he needed hip surgery. Alex's addiction, though, was attention, and after hitting "rock bottom", it wasn't about him anymore. It was about the team, his teammates, and their quest for October glory.

We watched as power pitching and pinstripes once again became synonymous. As phenom Phil Hughes evolved into a dominant 8th inning man. As Derek Jeter made some small, yet mysterious changes, to become a better shortstop at this late stage of his career.

We watched our young center fielders pick up each-others slack. Brett Gardner touching them all for an inside the park homerun, Melky touching them all in the form of a baseball rarity, hitting for the cycle.

We watched as, for a change, two stars came to New York and shined bright right away. Mark Teixeira and C.C. Sabathia have been worth every penny, becoming fan favorites immediately

Now we wait to see, will we watch them win it all? Will this be the year that the Yankees win the final prize? After a special regular-season like this one, we owe it to the Yankees to be loud tonight, as we watch the NEW Yankee Stadium transform into something much like the old building across the street: a venue where October glory becomes the norm.
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