Today in The Journal News (and a little parade info and some thank-yous – UPDATES with Girardi as a good samaritan)
The Yankees are champions again, beating the Phillies in Game 6 to win their first World Series since 2000. Chad Jennings chronicled the celebration.
It took 27 outs to get No. 27, and my column focused on something I’ll bet many of you did – counting down the outs to zero.
Hideki Matsui didn’t start three games of the six-game series but was named MVP anyway after an absolutely monster Game 6. Josh Thomson takes a look at the Japanese star who may – or very well may not – have played his last game in pinstripes.
Alex Rodriguez capped an up-and-down year on the highest of highs, finally becoming a champion. Matsui may have been the MVP of the World Series but there’s no doubt that A-Rod was the MVP of the Yankees postseason. Rick Carpiniello has the story.
Johnny Damon hurt his calf and came out of Game 6 early but he partied hard all the same. The notebook also has items on George Steinbrenner, Damaso Marte, the Phillies and more.
UPDATE, 8:59 a.m.: Think Joe Girardi was in a daze last night after winning the World Series? Nope. He stopped to help out someone who had been in a car accident on the way home. Great job by Hoa Nguyen getting this story this morning.
Mayor Bloomberg announced Wednesday that the city will host a ticker-tape parade for the Yankees on Friday at 11 a.m. The parade will start at Broadway and Battery Place, travel up through the Canyon of Heroes to Chambers Street and will be followed by a ceremony at City Hall Plaza where Bloomberg will present the team with keys to the city.
There are no tickets to the parade; it’s open to the public.
However, a limited number of tickets will be made available for people who wish to attend the ceremony inside City Hall Plaza. Details on ticket availability will be announced later today. For those fans who can’t get a ticket, the ceremony can be watched on a giant TV screen that will be set up near City Hall Park.
Lastly, I just want to take this opportunity to thank a few people who have been a part of this month-long wild ride through the end of the season and on into the playoffs. Thanks to:
• Henry Freeman, editor of The Journal News, who said the paper was committed to not only keeping this blog strong but making it bigger and better after Pete left; Henry’s support has been encouraging and much, much appreciated. He also hired Chad, which was a pretty fantastic decision as well.
• All the people in the office, from editors to copy editors to tech guys to the gurus who got the video live chats up and running have been terrific, and we wouldn’t have been able to give all of you as as much material as we did without them.
• John “Flash Points” Flaherty, who graciously gave his time each game day to talk with me and try to help the average fan understand a little more about the pitching match-up that night. It was a terrific feature that a lot of you e-mailed to say you enjoyed, and I’m grateful to John for agreeing to do it.
• All of you, more than anyone. People smarter than me will probably find a way to quantify just many times you’ve visited and how often you’ve commented, but I don’t need numbers to know that the past month has been absolutely incredible. The readers and fans are the best part of this blog, and your passion, excitement and energy for this team – and this community – are overwhelming. It’s a pleasure to write for you and a pleasure to hear from as many of you as I do. As I say to many of you when in my e-mails, I sincerely hope that you’ll keep reading and stay in touch.
Now, I know many of you will start thinking about next year right away and the hot-stove is definitely going to be exciting. Believe me, we’ve got all types of plans for the blog this winter and there will be lots of stuff to talk about and debate about and fight about soon enough.
But don’t rush. Trust me. Enjoy this one a little bit. After spending the past month with you, I know that you all deserve it.