New York Yankees Win First World Series in 9 Years
The battle between crafty veteran pitchers Andy Pettitte and Pedro Martinez in Game 6 of the 2009 World Series was won by the lefty, Pettitte. He was superb in the 7-3 win, leading his Yankees to their first title in 9 years. After going up 3-1 in the series, the Yankees dropped one to the Phillies in Philadelphia when stud pitcher Cliff Lee was able to secure his and the Phils second win of the Series in Game 5.
The Phillies on the other hand, fell short in their bid to win back-to-back championships. There won’t be any crazy celebrations in Philadelphia this time around. Even after acquiring Cliff Lee at the deadline, who was deadly down the stretch and earned both the Phils wins in the Series, the Phillies were unable to overcome the Yankees combination of hitting and pitching.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi last won a World Series in 1998, where he was behind the plate catching for Pettitte. Now he is Pettitte’s manager, and he is probably just as happy with his performance this season as he was 11 years ago. Hideki Matsui was the hero of the game, with a two-run home run in the 2nd, a 2-run single in the 3rd, and a 2-run double in the 5th for a total of 6 RBIs on the night. Unable to start Matsui, a DH, in the 3 games in Philly as a result of being in the National League ballpark, Giraradi was thrilled to have his star DH back in the lineup tonight during the Yanks big win allowing him to spank baby Pedro. Mariano Rivera also came in and closed things out for New York.
Cashman and Steinbrenner spent a lot of money acquiring big-name free agents during the offseason, netting such stars as C.C. Sabathia, Mark Teixera, and A.J. Burnett. The Yankees received some criticism for their free-spending ways, which hadn’t been successful in getting them back to a title over the last 9 years.
Now, the doubters can eat their words, as the Yankees rode their newly-acquired talent, as well as Yankee stalwarts Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, and Johnny Damon, all the way to a 4-2 game victory over the Phillies to capture the 2009 World Series.