Order In The Universe Officially Restored

September 28, 2009 – 11:36 am

NYY 4, Boston 2. How perfect was that? The Yankees clinch the division title at home against their arch rival in the first year in the new stadium. It’s the first division title in three years. It was also the 100th win of the season, something they haven’t accomplished in the last five years. And how appropriate that it was Andy Pettitte picking up the win and Mariano Rivera getting the save. After all, the last time the Yankees won the AL championship in 2003, Pettitte was the staff ace and of course Mo was the closer. In fact, back in 2000 when the Yankees last won the World Series, it was also Pettitte and Rivera carrying the load.

Celebration OnPettitte of course is no longer the ace of the staff, but he showed exactly why he’s the No. 2 starter behind CC. As per his style of late, he struggled often, giving up six hits and walking three in just the first three innings. But he minimized the damage to just two runs and thus kept the Yankees in the game. That’s what Andy does best these days, gives the Yankee offense a shot. And sure enough, Hideki Matsui came up with the clutch two-run RBI in the sixth to score what ultimately was the winning run. (Have I mentioned how much we are going to miss Godzilla next year????) Brian Bruney retired five straight — could the old Bruney finally be re-appearing? — Phil Coke struck out David Ortiz, and then Mariano survived a big fielding mistake by Robbie Cano (he still has a lot of learning to do) and that was that. The celebration was on.

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