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Holy Cow! Yanks Clinch Wild Card!

Holy Cow, indeed! After a miserable start to the season, the Yanks came roaring back and have clinched the Wild Card in the American League. Post-season starts next week! Stay tuned!

Comments

Oh the Yankees... the cause of and solution to all of baseball's problems.

Even though I'm happy for the Yanks that they got in, I think it's a sad commentary on the state of sports that they had to do it via the Wild Card artifice.

Good luck in the playoffs!

Thanks for your comments, folks.

On the Yankees: Yes, it's true... they've encapsulated some of the best and some of the worst tendencies in the sport. But one of the things that I am most happy about is that the winning teams of the 1990s were known to balance the experience of veterans and the excitement of youth. I am delighted that the higher-ups finally decided not to give away the farm (literally) in their quest for a postseason presence. Since 2001, they've just not done the right thing with regard to the team's long-term stability and talent. They forgot that the success of the 1990s was built on so much homegrown talent.

So I can say: Even if the team does not go to the World Series, their success, this year, was terrific (and, for this fan, somewhat of a surprise). It is as much due to the youthful exuberance of Joba, Melky, Cano, Duncan, etc., as it is to the veteran greatness of A-Rod, Derek, and Posada.

Micah, in general, I agree with you about the Wild Card (though the Yanks and other teams have gone all the way to a World Series Championship on the strength of the Wild Card). But the sport has changed so much over the years (and some sports, like basketball, seem to provide a whole second season where every team seems to qualify). Nevertheless, I don't think there is any chance that MLB will ever turn back the clock at this point.

While we could go back to the way it was in the pre-division days of baseball, when the teams with the best season record in each league went to the World Series, it is also very clear that these playoffs are now big business and fan-driven, and more tiers of postseason competition have, no doubt, sparked lots of fan interest and team revenue.

It should be noted, however, that as long as we do have divisions in baseball, it's often the case that a second-place team in one division, which has won the Wild Card, might actually have a better (or equal) record than any of the teams that have "legitimately" won their specific divisions. The Yanks, for example, have an identical 2007 record (as a second place team in the East) as the first place team (the LA Angels) in the West.

Anyway, good luck to your Phillies, Micah.

While we're on the subject of the NL East: I'm quite astonished at the collapse of the New York Mets. Yankees fan though I am, I really took it for granted that the Mets would be in the postseason. But my brother and sis-in-law, who are Mets fans, were warning me for months, that the team just might not have enough to get to the finish line.

So, to all you Mets fans out there: My condolences!

Subsequent events have since shown that when the Red Sox take the express train to the World Series, they need no longer make a stopover in the Bronx.

Concerning the famed Boston-NY rivalry: Been there, done that, Red Sox Nations has since moved on.

Agreed, actually; now, however, they must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that they can WIN the World Series, without going through the Bronx. :)

I'd say they are off to a good start and the Curse of the Bambino is long dead. :)

BTW, whatever one's views of Rudy Giuliani (and I'll discuss his presidential candidacy as the Election season matures...)... I'm SUPER-pissed at one of the Yankees #1 cheerleaders, who is now backing the Sawx for the World Series. WTF??? :)

(BTW, Jim, I know I promised to address the second edition of the Kevin Brien book... and I will. Promise! Very delayed in these parts. But I hope to get to it sooner than later, and to a new book by Theodore A. Burczak, called SOCIALISM AFTER HAYEK. Soon!)

Chris, why are you, a Brooklynite, such a Yankees fan? I have a few friends here in San Diego who are from Brooklyn; they hate the Dodgers for abandoning the borough, but their hatred for the Yankees remains. I understand your brother is a Mets fan.

Mick, ironically, Rudy Giuliani, who grew up in Brooklyn, also rooted for the Yanks when the Dodgers were the darlings of Brooklyn... but I think it has been a little better for those of my generation---all of whom were born after the Dodgers left the borough---to root for the Bronx Bombers. We didn't feel the "sting" of abandonment.

Most of the former Dodger (and Giants) fans stayed with the National League, of course, and went on over to root for the Mets (who even took a little bit of the Giants [orange] and a little bit of the Dodgers [blue] for their team colors... see here).

Actually, my mother and uncle, my sister, and others in my family were always Yankees fans... so I guess I had a head start!

I just read this in the NY TIMES:

According to census statistics, more than 85 percent of today’s 2.5 million Brooklynites were either not yet born or living outside the United States when the Dodgers packed up after the 1957 season.

Now that's very intersting, in light of Mick's comments about the Dodgers and Brooklyn!