September 20th, 2006

NYY, melky

and that makes nine....

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..........
  • Current Music
    "Fallen Angel" by Robbie Robertson
NYY, melky

will it happen again?

In 1998, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays came into existence, and since then, the American League East standings have looked the same virtually every year:

    1. New York Yankees
    2. Boston Red Sox
    3. Toronto Blue Jays
    4. Baltimore Orioles
    5. Tampa Bay Devil Rays

The one and only deviation from this was in 2004 (a year for deviations), as the Blue Jays actually finished last, with Baltimore and Tampa moving up a slot. However, order was restored last year, and as of now, the teams are in that configuration again. According to Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, their goal is to reach second place. They haven't finished higher than third since 1993, when they won the World Series. If they do it, it'll be Boston's first time not finishing in second place since 1997....
  • Current Music
    "40 Years Old and I'm Livin' in My Mom's Garage" by ALL