November 4th, 2001, the Yankees lose game 7 of the World Series to the Arizona Diamondbacks on a walk-off bloop hit by Luis Gonzalez on an 0-1 count. That broke the Yankee streak of three straight championships.
Exactly eight years or 2,922 days later, the Yankees won their first championship since that day. The drought marked the third longest streak without a championship in Yankee history.
For years the Yankees mishandled their money, certainly highlighted by the destructive signing of Carl Pavano. A better signing was Alex Rodriguez, but, he failed to produce the championship.
Until this year. A-Rod was just a mere part of the championship. His production along with the successful signings of CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Mark Teixeira was enough to end the drought. The Yankees have been in the playoffs pretty much every year, but the lack of production in the postseason from the stars in the regular season is what fueled the drought. Obvisouly, it was a different story this year.
So, again we get to look foward. Take your time savoring this championship, because we don’t know how long it will be before another one. But this team more than any other team this decade, has a very good chance at starting a new Yankee Dynasty.
It’s a bit of a coincidence that this is my 100th post…