The Yankees won their 40th pennant and are four wins away from their 27th World Series after beating the Angels, 5-2, in Game 6 of the ALCS last night. Chad Jennings has the story.
Mariano Rivera put in overtime to finish off the victory and was in the middle of yet another Yankees celebration, I wrote in my column. When you consider some of the closer collapses we’ve seen this postseason, Rivera’s consistency resonates even more.
Joe Girardi has taken plenty of heat for his bullpen decisions this month but they worked out fine yesterday, with the manager going to Joba Chamberlain in the seventh and Chamberlain responding by getting the job done. Josh Thomson has more on that, as well as a look at Girardi’s commitment to stick with struggling Nick Swisher – who got a huge cheer from the Stadium crowd when he singled last night.
CC Sabathia earned ALCS MVP honors – a decision even Alex Rodriguez agreed with – and the Yankees ace will face his former teammate, Cliff Lee, in Game 1 of the World Series. Josh has that story as well.
Finally – in a story well worth reading – Mike Dougherty writes about the Yankees honoring a fallen fire fighter from Yonkers last night. Patrick Joyce was killed investigating a three-alarm blaze earlier this month and the Yankees had a moment of silence in his memory before Game 6. The Yonkers Fire Department color guard, as well as about 40 members of the department, stood on the field during the playing of the National Anthem. Included among them were two of Joyce’s brothers.