Can't help but smile. I picked the right team and it was a perfect prediction! Of course, it doesn't mean I'm an expert. But it certainly feels good ;-)
New York's victory ties in nicely with the Joe Torre/Tom Verducci book, The Yankee Years, which I finished reading a few days ago. The Yankee Years gives a vivid description of how the Yankees have operated over the last 15 years. This allowed me to really understand this famous organization and appreciate the significance of their World Series success.
I'm happy for George Steinbrenner, who really doesn't control the franchise anymore and acts as a figure head. The Boss (and despite what we hear, is still a human being) isn't as healthy as he use to be. This champioship will make things easier for him.
I'm happy for Jeter, Pettitte and Matusi. But this doesn't mean I've developed a love for the New York Yankees. I still view them as the enemy. Some might argue this championship was bought and yes, that is somewhat true. However, the players still have to perform regardless of how much they make. New York could've easily been a team of rich underachivers.
Finally, congratulations to the former Blue Jays who were part of the champion Yankees:
- A.J. Burnett (I'm going to bite my tongue)
- Eric Hinske (still biting)
- Josh Towers (Technically, he didn't see any post-season action so I doubt he would be included. But I think he's on the 40-man roster)
To sum up: 5 out of 7 = 71% Not bad at all.