November 5, 2009 in Sports

Yanks don 27th crown

Matsui drives in six runs in Game 6 clincher
Mike Fitzpatrick Associated Press
 
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Series MVP Hideki Matsui connects for a two-run double in the fifth inning.
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King of kings

Most championships in various major sports:

World Series

N.Y. Yankees: 27

Stanley Cup

Montreal Canadiens: 23

NBA

Boston Celtics: 17

NCAA men’s basketball

UCLA: 11

NCAA women’s basketball

Tennessee: 8

Super Bowl

Pittsburgh Steelers: 6

World Series

New York Yankees vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Game 1: Philadelphia 6, New York 1
Game 2: New York 3, Philadelphia 1
Game 3: New York 8, Philadelphia 5
Game 4: New York 7, Philadelphia 4
Game 5: Philadelphia 8, New York 6
Game 6: New York 7, Philadelphia 3
     Yankees win series 4-2

NEW YORK – Paint the town in pinstripes! Nearly a decade after their dynasty ended on a blooper in the desert, the New York Yankees are baseball’s best again.

Hideki Matsui tied a World Series record with six RBIs, Andy Pettitte won on short rest and New York beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 in Game 6 on Wednesday night, finally seizing that elusive 27th title – the most in all of sports.

It was the team’s first since winning three straight from 1998-2000.

“It feels better than I remember it,” Derek Jeter said. “It’s been a long time.”

Matsui, the Series MVP, powered a quick rout of old foe Pedro Martinez. And when Mariano Rivera got the final out, it was ecstasy in the Bronx for George Steinbrenner’s go-for-broke bunch.

What a way for Alex Rodriguez and Co. to christen their $1.5 billion ballpark: One season, one championship.

It certainly ended a lot better than it started – with a steroids scandal involving A-Rod, followed by hip surgery that kept him out until May.

“My teammates, coaches and the organization stood by me and now we stand here as world champions,” said Rodriguez, who admitted using steroids from 2001-03 while with Texas. “We’re going to enjoy it, and we’re going to party!”

For Chase Utley and the Phillies, it was a frustrating end to another scintillating season. Philadelphia fell two wins short of becoming the first N.L. team to repeat as World Series champions since the 1975-76 Cincinnati Reds.

Utley tied Reggie Jackson’s record with five home runs in a Series. But Ryan Howard’s sixth-inning homer came too late to wipe away his World Series slump, and Phillies pitchers rarely managed to slow Matsui and the Yankees’ machine.

“I told them that I loved the way they played. We’re fighters and never quit,” Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said.

In a fitting coincidence, this title came eight years to the day that the Yankees lost Game 7 of the 2001 World Series in Arizona on Luis Gonzalez’s broken-bat single off Rivera.

Steinbrenner spent billions trying to win another Series. At long last, his team did.

Fittingly, it was dedicated to the 79-year-old owner, who has been in declining health and didn’t make the trip from his home in Tampa, Fla.

“The Yankees won.

“The world is right again,” team president Randy Levine said.

For the Four Amigos, it was ring No. 5.

Jorge Posada, Jeter, Pettitte and Rivera came up together through the minors and were cornerstones for those four titles in five years starting in 1996. Now, all on the other side of age 35, they have another title to celebrate.

New York’s stretch of eight seasons without a title was the third-longest for the team since its first one, following gaps of 17 (1979-95) and 14 (1963-76).

Yankees 7, Phillies 3

Philadelphia ABRHBIBBSOAvg.
Rollins ss 400100.217
Victorino cf 401010.182
Utley 2b 310012.286
Howard 1b 411201.174
Werth rf 200022.263
Ibanez dh 302010.304
P.Feliz 3b 400000.174
B.Francisco lf 300002.000
Stairs ph 100000.125
C.Ruiz c 212020.333
Totals 3036377
New York ABRHBIBBSOAvg.
Jeter ss 523000.407
Damon lf 110011.364
Hairston Jr. lf 200000.167
Teixeira 1b 311101.136
A.Rodriguez 3b 221021.250
H.Matsui dh 413601.615
Posada c 300012.263
Cano 2b 400002.136
Swisher rf 300011.133
Gardner cf 400002.000
Totals 31787511
Philadelphia 001002000—360
New York 02203000x—780

LOB—Philadelphia 8, New York 7. 2B—Ibanez 2 (4), Jeter (3), H.Matsui (1). 3B—C.Ruiz (1). HR—Howard (1), off Pettitte; H.Matsui (3), off P.Martinez. RBIs—Rollins (2), Howard 2 (3), Teixeira (3), H.Matsui 6 (8). SB—Rollins (3), A.Rodriguez (1). S—Hairston Jr.. SF—Rollins. RLISP—Philadelphia 6 (P.Feliz 4, Utley, Victorino); New York 3 (Posada, Cano 2). GIDP—Rollins, Utley. DP—New York 2 (Cano, Jeter, Teixeira), (A.Rodriguez, Cano, Teixeira).

Philadelphia IPHRERBBSOERA
P.Martinez L, 0-2 4344256.30
Durbin 1/3 2331027.00
Happ 1100133.38
Park 1100010.00
S.Eyre 1 1/3 000120.00
Madson 1/3 100002.08
New York IPHRERBBSOERA
Pettitte W, 2-0 5 2/3 433535.40
Chamberlain 1100113.00
D.Marte H, 2 2/3 000020.00
Ma.Rivera 1 2/3 100110.00

IR-S—Happ 2-2, Park 1-0, S.Eyre 1-0, Chamberlain 1-0, D.Marte 2-0. IBB—off S.Eyre (Posada). HBP—by P.Martinez (Teixeira). WP—Pettitte. PB—Posada. T—3:52. A—50,315 (52,325).

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