Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada have been together for a long time and now the Yankees “core four” are going for ring No. 5. I looked at how important this group has been to the franchise – not just this year but overall – in a column for our comprehensive World Series preview section. Check out the cool illustration from Bill Becerra, too.
Joining that core has been a trio of newcomers, and Chad Jennings digs into how the Yankees went about adding Mark Texieira, A.J. Burnett and tonight’s starter, CC Sabathia, as well as what those additions have meant to the team (hint: a lot!).
No World Series special section would be complete without a piece on Alex Rodriguez, and Chad has an insightful look back at the emotional year that A-Rod had endured. Can his run continue in his first World Series? We’ll see.
Speaking of A-Rod, look out for falling buildings this World Series, as A-Rod and Ryan Howard and a slew of other power hitters take aim at the fences in two hitter’s parks. Josh Thomson looks at how this series could be historic in terms of power, and there’s a great chart that goes along with his story. Check it out.
Josh also delves into the managerial match-up in the series, one which features a rookie postseason manager (Joe Girardi) and the defending World Series champ manager (in Charlie Manuel).
George Steinbrenner will be in the house tonight, I wrote, and he’s been on everyone’s mind as the Yankees have crept closer to title No. 27. It’ll be great to see him make a rare in-person appearance at the Stadium.
The Boss will be watching the same pitching match-up he saw during his only other trip to the new Stadium: CC Sabathia vs. Cliff Lee (who was pitching for Cleveland back then). Chad has more on an opening collision of aces.
The Yankees and Phillies have met only one other time in the World Series, and that was in 1950 – when the Yankees won in a four-game sweep. Rick Carpiniello has a very interesting look back at that series.
Carp also has a story on the importance of the Yankees two lefty relievers. Damaso Marte and Phil Coke will get plenty of action this series as the Phillies have a ton of lefthanded hitters.
The notebook leads with all signs pointing to Chad Gaudin getting a start in the series, as the Yankees stretched him out with a simulated game yesterday. There’s also news about Jimmy Rollins sticking to a prediction (he says Phillies in five), potential roster changes for the Yankees and more.
I also did some position-by-position match-ups for the World Series, though I can’t seem to find them on the web site (as you can see, there’s a ton of stuff). If I can figure that out, I’ll post it.
Lastly, a reminder: Join Chad and me at noon for a World Series edition of the LoHud Yankees blog Video Live Chat! We’re taking all your questions and answering in real-time, so stop by and check it out here.