The Way It Should Be - 2009 World Series
Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC Tags:
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The 2009 World Series. Philadelphia Phillies vs. NY Yankees (Game 1, Wednesday in NY, time tba, FOX). The photo accompanying this article is from an article I put up back in spring training. It shows CC Sabathia coming out for spring training for the first time as a Yankee. Many question marks were abound about the Yankees spending so much money - especially on Sabathia and Mark Teixiera. With all of the history and success they have had, could this new high-dollar, high-profile team get the Bronx Bombers back to the top? Six and a half months later, the Yankees are one Series win away. But it is going to be a tough one - the Phillies are the real deal. I am not a true Yankees fan, so to say. I didn't grow up in New York, and I have no real reason to like them. My dad LOVED them growing up, but he doesn't even like them anymore. But for some reason I love watching them play, and this is probably because in each era of the sport's history, the Yanks have found a way to win it all, and I love watching and analyzing how success is achieved.
It is odd that I have a college football website as my real sport is baseball. Both of my grandfathers loved the game, my parents both loved the game (Dad played for Clemson and briefly in the Astros organization in the 70's), and my brother and I both played high school and legion ball. I was named after George Brett for goodness sakes (Royals '85 Champs)! I could tell you every World Champion from when I was born in 1978 (New York Yankees) to the Marlins winning it all in 1997 - my freshman year at Clemson. I watched the Braves close when they were in it ('91, '92, '95, '96, '99), and my most favorite World Series ever was in 2001, when I was a senior at Clemson and my three best friends and I watched every single game at Tiger Town Tavern in the wake of 9/11. The Diamondbacks won in 7 games.
And that is where it gets weird. In the last 12 years, off of the top of my head, I can only name a few scattered World Champions, and it shows that my interest in the sport changed for some reason. This is most-likely a combination of the money the players are paid and the steroid issue that won't go away. But no matter the deep, inner meaning behind my decline in interest in professional baseball, one thing is for sure: I will be watching every pitch of this year's World Series.
I love the matchup here. You have the defending World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies (2 World Titles, 7 NL pennants) going up against baseball's all-time most successful franchise, the New York Yankees (26 World Titles, 40 AL pennants). I have always liked it when the defending champion is able to defend its crown, and this year there couldn't be a better team for them to go up against (that is the one thing I love so much about Clemson winning the 1981 national football crown, too - they had to go through defending champion, Georgia, to do it). The Yankees are the most loved and most hated team in the game. This year their lineup is stacked with celebrity players making them easy targets for ridicule. But like 'em or hate em, they are very, very good, and this is going to be an outstanding series.
The Phillies also have their fair share of big names. From Ryan Howard to Chase Utley to Jimmy Rollins to Pedro Martinez to Brad Lidge, this team is going into this Series thinking it is theirs. They are the defending World Champs, and although I hate to use the word "swagger", the Phillies certainly have it right now.
So with this little mini-article I am not trying to dissect the upcoming World Series. I am just going to say that I am super excited about it and will be dialed in close to as many pitches as I can possibly take in. I want this to be one of those Series that I remember, just like I remember that 2001 Series I mentioned above. This one has all of the makings to be a classic, and I hope like crazy it becomes one!
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