• Why Tonight Is Must Win For The Yankees

    Posted by on October 29th, 2009 · Comments (4)

    Fifty teams have lost the first two games of a World Series (excluding ties). And, only 11 have come back to win a ring:

    1921 – New York Giants
    1955 – Brooklyn Dodgers
    1956 – New York Yankees
    1958 – New York Yankees
    1965 – Los Angeles Dodgers
    1971 – Pittsburg Pirates
    1978 – New York Yankees
    1981 – Los Angeles Dodgers
    1985 – Kansas City Royals
    1986 – New York Mets
    1996 – New York Yankees

    But, only the 1985 Royals, the 1986 Mets, and the 1996 Yankees came back to win after losing the first two games at home.

    That’s it – just three teams have pulled this off. Needless to say, if the Yankees lose tonight, New York will have created some big hill to try and ice skate up

    Comments on Why Tonight Is Must Win For The Yankees

    1. October 29th, 2009 | 6:08 pm

      I am just as relieved as the Steinbrenners are that Joe G got to the WS before Joe Torre…

      we would never heard the end of that one, if Torre had made the Fall classic this year… phew

    2. JeremyM
      October 29th, 2009 | 6:37 pm

      Must win? Looks like someone forgot to tell Girardi when he put in his house money lineup.

      I can live with the Hairston move although I don’t like it, but wasn’t the Molina thing proven to be a crock after Burnett gave up 4 runs in the first inning? It’s ridiculous, and now that Cervelli is gone, will he even pinch hit for him as early as possible?

    3. ken
      October 29th, 2009 | 7:58 pm

      Different take here: If Burnett needs Molina to pitch well then you give him his best battery-mate. You don’t want AJ to have Posada as an excuse.

      I don’t mind benching Swish but giving it to Hairston is crazy. He was a late-season pickup whose numbers againt Pedro are 5 years old. HInske and Gardner are both year-long Yankees who have earned the job. I would have used one of those two.

    4. ken
      October 29th, 2009 | 7:59 pm

      I’m really getting sick of Girardi. Even if Yanks win the Series he needs to get his act straightened out by intelligent baseball people within the organization or replaced. This is a talented team that has been winning despite him.

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