We never gave up the faith. When times looked bleak, we still had hope. We are the Yankees, dammit! Whenever the going gets rough, we always find writers telling us that in order to do X, the team will have to play at .700 or .750. Those projections always seem pointless, however true they may be in the abstract. That said, I don’t know that anyone imagined we’d be at this point so quickly. Credit goes to the stabilization of the rotation, quality play from the pen, and of course fantastic hitting throughout the lineup. Abreu, Melky, Matsui, and the now unstoppable Robinson Cano have all come on in the 2nd half. That makes the skipper’s job look almost easy. Also, it’s worth noting that the Yanks have transformed what was an apocalyptically bad bench—Nieves, Cairo, Basak, Thompson–Yikes!) into a spectacular one (Molina, Betemit, Giambi, Damon, Philips). There’s still a great deal of baseball left to play. Hopefully the team is not set back by injury down the stretch, and the team is energized and not exhausted by their run. Anyway, we’ll be watching.