And that state of mind would be a championship; anything less is deemed as failure. New York’s big spenders might be able to finally buy one with their $200 million payroll after the Yankees beat the Angels 5-2 Sunday night to clinch the AL Pennant and make it back to the World Series for the first time since 2003.
Andy Pettitte’s 6 innings of 1 run ball carried the Bronx Bombers to their 40th World Series appearance and continued the quest for their 27th championship. Alex Rodriguez finally makes it to the big dance after 16 years of regular season dominance but often being more noted for his previous playoff failures. This October however, the three-time MVP has played the role of franchise player well in helping his team advance through the playoffs, batting .438 with five home runs and 12 RBIs.
The stage is set for Game 1 Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium where the Yankees will take on the defending champion Phillies. CC Sabathia is expected to take the mound for New York against Cliff Lee, in a match up of former Cleveland Indians teammates and 2 of the most recent AL Cy Young winners. New York is going for its first title since 2000.