A 27-shot salute to the Bronx Bombers on their 27th World Series Title (There’s a good reason why Wooden’s Bruins were called “The Yankees of College Basketball”)
The Yankees used to do this all the time. But it’s sure been a while. The highest-paid team in Baseball finally earned their inflated salaries, by overcoming a Record FIVE Chase Utley Home Runs to beat Philadelphia 4 games to 2 in the World Series.
It’s surprising that spending all the extra money has taken so long to win it all. That lull actually hurts the argument that NO team should be allowed to spend so much more on payroll than all the other teams. But it was sure fun to see them lose so consistently for so long. Also, that made it less painful to see them finally climb back on top, especially after they had to watch their arch rivals Boston win so much in the interim.
But there IS a small amount of historical tradition RESTORED when the Pinstripes rise to the top. It’s as if the planets are back in alignment. Jeter, Damon, Rivera, Matsui, Posada, Rodriguez, Texeira, Sabathia — These guys don’t belong in armchairs as spectators during EVERY single Fall Classic. The TV ratings jumped from last year’s Philly-Tampa by the largest percentage IN HISTORY. People WANT to see the Yankees in October, not the Rays.
And since UCLA’s Basketball Dynasty was (and still is) often compared to the Yankees’ Dynasty, it’s not such a bad thing for a little luster to return to the Yankee name. On the other hand, the Yankees SHOULD be compared to sc Football… as the best teams money can buy.
And speaking of luster, here, on Homecoming Eve, are 26 more photos of the UCLA Spirit Squad (all posted while Kobe takes O.J. Mayo to SCHOOL, coincidentally).