2009 World Series Results: The New York Yankees are the 2009 World Series Champions… which is the way it’s supposed to be, if you ask any longtime Yankees fan. Last night, the Bronx Bombers return to glory after a 9-year absence and a new stadium, as they defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 in a clinching game 6.
Soon-to-be free agent, Hideki Matsui (2009 WS: 6 games, 13 at-bats, 8 hits, 1 double, 3 homeruns, 8 runs-batted-in, .643 on-base-percentage, 1.385 slugging percentage, and a .615 batting average) was named the 2009 World Series Results MVP. "It's awesome," Matsui said through a translator. "Unbelievable. I'm surprised myself."
Godzilla was incredible in the clincher, going 3-for-4 with 1 HR, a double, a single and 6 RBI. “My first and foremost goal when I joined the Yankees was to win the world championship," Matsui said. "Certainly, it's been a long road and a very difficult journey. I'm just happy that after all these years, we were able to win and reach the goal that I had come here for." If that was his last hooray in a Yankees uniform, how special was it!
Joe Girardi, a 3-time champion as a Yankees player, accomplished his managerial goal of winning one for the George “The Boss” Steinbrenner, in only his second season in pinstripes. Since earning the right to manage his former team and even some ex-teammates, No.27 adorned the back of Girardi’s jersey. Now, the franchise’s 27th World Series Results title belongs to him!
"This is what the Steinbrenner family has strived for, year after year — to deliver to the city of New York," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "To be able to deliver this to the Boss, the stadium that he created and the atmosphere around here, it's very gratifying to all of us."
For Yankee’s captain Derek Jeter, this is his 5th World Series Results title. However after last night’s game, Mr. Yankee was very appreciative of the moment. "You realize how difficult it is to get here," Jeter said. "I never lost sight of the fact that it's very difficult to get to the World Series, let alone to win one. You realize and remember how hard it is."
It’s almost hard to believe that as good as he has been through his career, Alex Rodriguez finally got the monkey off his back, winning his first World Series ring. After being booed time and time again in his own stadium for not performing in the postseason, A-Rod was finally at the top of the heap. "My teammates, coaches and the organization stood by me and now we stand here as world champions," said Rodriguez. "We're going to enjoy it, and we're going to party!"
None of this is possible without the overlooked job that 40-year-old Mariano Rivera did this year (2009 WS: 4 G, 2 SV, 5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 3 K .167 AVG, and a 0.00 ERA), and throughout his career. "I thank God for this and Mr. George," the greatest closer of all time expressed. "I had hoped he was here, but he's not. But I'm grateful that I work for him. Definitely, this one was special. I think we have accomplished something great."
The winning pitcher, Andy Pettitte (2009 Postseason: 4-0, 3.52 ERA) struggled but hung in there and did enough to keep a very tough Philadelphia team from getting anything going. Pettitte almost missed out on this opportunity, as he and his agent went back-and-forth with the Yankees in working out a deal. "This is what you set out to do when you go to Spring Training," Pettitte said. "It's a great feeling to be able to accomplish with the rest of the team. This is what you play for."
As for the newcomers, first baseman Mark Teixeira and starting pitching CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett, they certainly made the right choice in coming to New York. "This is the top — winning a championship for the New York Yankees, I just feel so blessed," Teixeira said. "It's such a blessing to be a part of this group."
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the Yankees World Series Parade down the Canyon of Heroes would take place on Friday morning, beginning at 11 AM ET (8 AM PT). Everyone certainly hopes that Mr. George M. Steinbrenner will be there! "He's home and feeling just fine," his son Hal said. "He's certainly here in spirit. I talked to him before the game and he was pretty nervous. So was I. But this whole thing was all about my father. This one is for him."
"George and I first met in January 1973 and have had a long and close relationship," MLB commissioner Bud Selig said. "And I meant what I said up there when I presented the World Series trophy to his son. 'George, this one is for you.' I wish he had been here."
"He's the reason we're here," Jeter said. "First of all, we wouldn't be in this stadium if it wasn't for him. We wouldn't have this group together if it wasn't for him. It's a special moment. We all wanted to win it for him."
"He's here. He's everywhere, believe me," Yankees GM Brian Cashman said. "We're real proud that we were able to do this. This has got to be the greatest day for him. His pride and joy is his family, and his pride and joy is the Yankees. And on a night like tonight, they both came together."