For years I have tried to deny that any one team could be as dominant as the Yankees have been for the last century. After watching them win their 27th World Series last year however, I think it is time for me to jump on the Pinstripe Bandwagon.
There is something to be said for a team that is worth nearly double that of the next closest competitor (the Yankees are valued at $1.6 billion while the Red Sox are valued at only $870 million). Many may have issues with the way the Yankees have been getting it done in the Steinbrenner era, basically buying the best team in baseball year in and year out, but since Major League Baseball allows it can you really fault them?
The Bronx Bombers have still had to work to achieve the right chemistry in order to get it done. When Joe Torre failed to get the most for Steinbrenner’s money for three straight seasons the popular manger was sent packing. Joe Girardi may have broken the streak of consecutive playoff appearances (dating back to 1993), but he has obviously made up for it by leading the team to their first World Series win since the 2000 season.
After a rather dominant 100+ game season it can be difficult to come up with a performance that can top that. However, if anyone can, it will be the 2010 Yankees.
One of the best pitching staffs in baseball returns intact. With innings eater CC Sabathia returning to lead the charge and veterans A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettitte ready to do their part the staff looks almost unbeatable. Javier Vázquez joins the rotation from Atlanta where he fanned over 200 batters in 2009 to go with an ERA below 3.00. Phil Hughes, a first round pick back in 2004, looks to fill the fifth spot.
Just in case Yankee pitching can’t get it done there is one of the most potent lineups in baseball to contend with. A team that ranked second in the league in batting average last year remains largely intact with a few key additions. Two of Detroit’s best hitters have joined the lineup, Curtis Granderson and Marcus Thames.
Beer: Double Sweet Action from the Sixpoint Craft Ales in Brooklyn, New York- gamblers will appreciate the name and beer lovers will appreciate the taste. Double Sweet Action is heavy on the malt which helps give it a nice citrus-like taste. The vanilla flavor helps give it a creamsicle like taste making this an incredibly drinkable beer. At 9%ABV you may want to be careful how many you enjoy or you might not make it to the seventh inning stretch.