The Magic Number Is 1

The morning papers are having a field day with the Yankee ritual of dressing up the team’s rookies in costume after the last home game of the season. This year’s crop left the Stadium as characters from The Wizard of Oz. (Joba makes an especially cute Cowardly Lion; Edwar is a fairly frightening Wicked Witch.) Appropriate choice of film. The Yanks awoke from their own nightmare this year, and have followed an unlikely path that has left them on the doorstep of the playoffs. A win tonight in Tampa (Clemens is scheduled), or a loss by the Tigers (who face Twins’ pitcher Yorman Bazardo–great name!) and the Yanks clinch the wild card. After being so many games back, that would be one heck of an accomplishment. We look forward to celebrating.

12 comments… add one
  • This season has been both gut-wrenching and fantastic! To go from the depths of depression to complete elation in a matter of months is something I, for one, am not accustomed to as a Yankee fan. This year feels different than the last few seasons. You almost feel as if they have the confidence to…
    (no way I’m going to say it and jinx anything!!!!)

    krueg September 25, 2007, 11:46 am
  • To clinch, I think you need either a Yankees win, or a loss by BOTH Detroit and Seattle.

    Ron Newman September 25, 2007, 12:46 pm
  • Yorman Bazardo is starting for the Tigers.

    QuoSF September 25, 2007, 1:07 pm
  • Ron Newman –
    Indeed. With one more Yankee win, or one more Detroit or Seattle loss, the Yankees clinch the wildcard.
    The worst that can happen, now, is that the Yankees (90-66) host a one-game tie-breaker at home against either Detroit or Seattle. Detroit (85-72) has 5 games left to play, and if they win all of them, and the Yankees lose all 6 of theirs, Detroit would tie for the wildcard and the Yankees would host them at Yankee stadium.
    If Seattle (83-72) wins all 7 of its remaining games, and the Yankees lose all six, they too would tie.
    I have no freaking clue what happens if Seattle and Detroit AND the Yankees all tie for the wildcard. Let’s just hope that doesn’t happen.

    AndrewYF September 25, 2007, 1:18 pm
  • krueg…really? This season seems pretty indicative of all recent Yankee seasons to me. I think ’05 at least was really like this season…idiots write off Yankees in May, have to slurp sh*t in September.
    Totally not surprised at the Yanks’ push this year…at all.

    Devine September 25, 2007, 1:31 pm
  • And, by the way, preliminary congratulations to YFs on their team’s continuous postseason berths.

    Devine September 25, 2007, 1:32 pm
  • As a Sox fan, I’m pretty confident that the Yankees aren’t going to lose six in a row. See you at the ALCS?

    Ron Newman September 25, 2007, 2:04 pm
  • I hope not. I’m hoping the Yanks face the Indians, where Sabthia and Carmona promptly put New York in a 2-0 hole, and if Westbrook or Byrd can’t pitch decently enough thereafter, Sabthia comes back for the knockout.

    Paul SF September 25, 2007, 2:58 pm
  • Devine – but at least this year, the Yankees made the push without surprise and miracle seasons from Shawn Chacon and Aaron Small…and then have the sheen fall off in the playoffs. We’ve yet to see how the Yankees fare this year, but I think this 2007 team, and the players that contributed significantly, are a bit more legitimate.

    AndrewYF September 25, 2007, 3:20 pm
  • That’s what scares the crap out of me about the Yankees, Andrew. They’ve played almost .700 ball with the team they’re putting on the field now. And even then, they did it mostly without Giambi.

    Pete September 25, 2007, 3:25 pm
  • …idiots write off Yankees in May, have to slurp sh*t in September.
    Totally not surprised at the Yanks’ push this year…at all.

    I completely and totally agree. I was getting made fun of in May because I was still tracking the Y’s every move. Because this happens (to varying degrees) EVERY DAMN YEAR.

    Jackie (SF) September 25, 2007, 3:54 pm
  • Devine: i don’t recall us being 15 games under .500 in any of the previous seasons…

    krueg September 25, 2007, 6:10 pm

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