I’m no Ansel Adams and there is good reason why my blackberry (yes, I still have one) is not known for its camera feature, but here’s the one shot I took of the post-game celebration as the Yankees ended the 2012 season 2.0 games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles to clinch the AL East title and the best record in the American League.
Tonight brought to a close an extraordinary month of baseball during which at no point were the Yankees more than 1.5 games ahead of Baltimore until tonight. Indeed, the last time The Yankees’ division lead swelled to 2.0 games was one month and one day ago – September 2.
Baltimore proved an incredibly persistent and scrappy club, not only sticking with the Yankees but pulling even with them repeatedly throughout September. But even on those days when the Orioles won and edged in front of the Yankees by a half-game while the Yankees were still playing their own game, the Yankees held the line and ensured that no day of baseball ended with Baltimore sitting alone atop the standings. It is perhaps not as amazing as an Oakland A’s team that spent exactly one day in first place all year – the only day that matters – but YFs have been treated to an incredibly resilient team that never panicked, even while many of us did.
Enjoy a well-deserved 3 days of rest fellas. And see you on Sunday!