The Yankees recently broke most New Yorker’s hearts after losing to the Detroit Tigers (8-1), in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, striking out the chance to make it to the World Series. Fans were disappointed again by the beloved team, the richest and most accomplished team in baseball.
General Manager Brian Cashman said. “We feel we let the fans down in New York and each other at the same time.”
The team began to play with fan’s emotions when team captain Derek Jeter injured himself in Game 1, ending his season with a broken ankle and breaking our hearts. Jeter rolled over his knee after trying to get to the ball in the 12th inning. After stayed down for a few moments he was carried off the field. The dreams of fans we carried away after wondering if the team could pull off wins without him. Our dreams became a nightmare-reality when this prophecy ultimately came true.
However, as the saying goes, there is no I in team and the rest of the players also had to take responsibility for the post-season fails. “We didn’t swing the bats,” said Yankees Manager Joe Girardi. “It wasn’t one guy, it wasn’t two guys, it was a bunch of guys. . . . Collectively we weren’t able to get it done.”
Even though the Yankees weren’t top dogs (insert A Rod scandal here) this year, the team has always been in New Yorkers hearts and this love affair will certainly never fade away. The Yankees has originally called the Highlanders and became member of the American League in 1903. In 1912, pinstripes appeared on their uniforms, a fashion statement that would become the most famous uniform design in sports. A year later, the team would change to the iconic name we know now as the Yankees.
The team would go on to create history starting with purchasing Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox in 1921. On Apr. 18, 1923, Yankee Stadium opened and they had a 4-1 win against the Red Sox’s, Babe Ruth hitting the Stadium’s first home run.
The Yankees star players have included not only the Babe, but these legends-just to name a few:
- Yogi Berra, one of the greatest catchers in baseball history.
- Joe DiMaggio, the player who holds an unbreakable record of a 56-game hitting streak.
- Mickey Mantle, the Triple Crown winner of 1956.
- Reggie Jackson, who in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series, hit three home runs off of three different Dodgers pitchers.
- Alex Rodriguez, who became the youngest player ever to hit 500 and 600 home runs.
- Derek Jeter, the Rookie of the Year in 1996, captain since 2003 and all-time hits leader, who has hit his 3,000 home runs on July 9, 2011.
- Mariano Rivera who set the all-time saves record on Sept. 19, 201.
With their track history, the Yankees can do no wrong to New Yorkers, even when their iconic stadium was moved (across the street from their Bronx home) in 2009. That is, besides high food prices sold at concession stands that include $15 for a Lobel’s steak sandwich, $13 for a beer and a whopping $6.50 for ice cream. However, with extreme talent and relentless drive, the Yankees are a team that have inspired multiple generations. By swinging bats, throwing balls and sliding to home plate, the Yankees have brought families and friends together in celebration over an all-American tradition.
The Yankees have 40 pennants and 27 titles under their belt, but to their fans they hold the supreme title-the greatest team in MLB.