"He is a proper man's picture, but alas! who can converse with a dumb-show?"
---The Merchant of Venice; 1.2.66-68
Portia of a suitor who cannot speak her language, nor she his.
For the ninth straight year, going back to their historic 1998 campaign when they won a then-league-record 114 regular-season games, the New York Yankees are the winners of the American League East. Unlike last year, where they had the same record as the Boston Red Sox and won the division on a technicality (the Red Sox were the wild-card team because the Yanks won the season series against them, an MLB rule designed to limit the possibility of a playoff that might disrupt their postseason TV schedule), the Yankees have sewn it up with plenty of time left in the season.
This has been a more-trying-than-expected year, and the Yanks have come through beautifully, and it's especially refreshing to see so many big contributions from homegrown talent, whether it's stellar years from vets Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, and likely MVP winner Derek Jeter, or breakout seasons from rookies and sophomores Chien-Ming Wang, Robinson Canó, and Melky Cabrera.
I also love the fact that the first two teams to clinch this year were the two New York teams. *grin*
Now it's time to rest the regulars and get ready for October..........