What a difference a year makes, huh? Last season, at the close of business on August 31st, the Yankees were in first place by 6 1/2 games. They’re not going to match that cushion this year – and it appears that we’re going to have a September to remember in Yankeeland in 2010. But, when was the last time that we had such a thing? It wasn’t 2008 – that’s for sure. At the close of business on August 31st 2008, the Yankees were 12 1/2 games out of first place.
Heading into September 1st 2005, the Yankees were 2 1/2 games behind the first place Boston Red Sox. And, heading into September 1st 2004, the Yankees were 3 1/2 games ahead of the second place Boston Red Sox.
But, in terms of being really, really, close, you have to go back to 1993. That season, heading into September 1st, the Yankees were 1 1/2 games behind the first place Toronto Blue Jays. And, the last time before that, if you ignore the broken season of 1981, you have to go back to 1980. That season, heading into September 1st, the Yankees were 1 1/2 games ahead of the second place Baltimore Orioles.
Should be fun to see how this September works out for the Yankees. Will it be more like 2005, 1993 or 1980? My money is on 2005. What do you think?