It would have been nice to do it with a victory at home, but reality doesn’t always provide a storybook ending. No matter. The Yanks clinched their division title for the ninth consecutive year this evening courtesy of a Boston loss to the Twins at Fenway. That’s cause for celebration, even if the result had been a foregone conclusion since the Second Boston Massacre. Certainly there were times, and not too long ago, when we thought such a result would be nary impossible to achieve. The injuries piled up. Matsui. Sheff. Cano. It seemed like everyone on the team, save Jeter, spent time on the DL, and if not on it, close to it. At the All-Star break, the pundits all but handed the division to the Sox. Well. That’s why they play the games. Thanks to superb management from the skipper, an MVP performance from Jeter, terrific fill-in work from Melky Cabrera, savvy personnel moves from Cash, heck, we could go on forever (Damon, Moose, Abreu, Wang, Alex, Jason, Mo….), this team rallied, and now looks to be the class of the American League, if not baseball. Anything can happen in the playoffs, of course, but we look forward to their arrival with optimisim. For right now, though, it’s nice to see the Yanks hang another division banner.