The World Series Still Goes Through New York
New York Yankees may one day change the modern terminology of “having a
target” on one’s back to “having a pinstripe” because they are once
again the target of all opposition entering the 2004 playoffs.
so we know that the Yankees have not won a World Series in any of the past three
postseasons. But they’re still the target. One must go through the New York to
win the World Series. Even in this three-year “drought” the Yankees have
faced, they’ve lost to the World Series Champion each time.
2001 Arizona Diamondbacks had to go through New York to win the World Series.
The 2002 Anaheim Angels had to beat the Yankees on its way to a World
Championship. Last year’s Florida Marlins had to also get past the Yankees in
order to win it.
once since the 1995 postseason has the World Series Champions not been either
the Yankees or the team that beat the Yankees. The lone exception is 1997 when
Florida beat Cleveland. Since then, that’s six years in a row that a team has
had to go through New York in order to win the World Series. And half of those
years have come up dry for the challengers.
let the drought fool you. The Yankees are still the target. Any team who can
afford Alex Rodriguez’ contract will be a target. Any team who can afford
A-Rod, Gary Sheffield, Hideki Matsui, Mike Mussina and still have enough
left over to be the only team able to afford both Kevin Brown and Javier Vasquez
is definitely a target. They’re certainly Boston’s target!
it’s not just the Red Sox. Even among other likely AL playoff teams the
Yankees have been where their playoff hopes get crushed. Oakland can’t get
past the Yankees. Minnesota has not been able to get past the Yankees.
it doesn’t matter how many more games the St. Louis Cardinals win than the
Yankees. The Cardinals are still targeting the Yankees harder than the Yankees
are targeting the Cardinals. St. Louis is counting on having to go through New
York to win the World Series.
Yankees’ power force leads the AL in homeruns and is second in the league in
runs scored. We can talk all we want about ending this curse or that curse.
It’s still all about the Yankees. It’s all about whether the Yankees win it
all or if they get knocked off by the next champion. Either way, the World
Series still comes through New York.
be lulled into thinking that because they’ve not won in a few years that
it’s time to treat them with complacency. They won’t get overlooked or
forgotten about. Every other team’s map has New York on the road heading to
the Land of the Champions.
Of course every team anticipates that they have to go through New York to win the World Series. They’re everybody’s target. After all, they’re the ones who have pinstripes on their back.