With all the talk surrounding a possible game 7 of the World Series where winner takes all, a lot of people were convinced it was going to happen. Before game 6 even started, MLB Network
broadcasters were talking possible pitching match-ups as if game 7 was a forgone conclusion. What everyone was forgetting was that when the Yankees want to win, they shut the door. If anyone didn't
want a game 7, it was the Bombers because they knew if it came to that, it was, no pun intended, anybodies ball game. So the Yankees did exactly what they're known for, and that was to shut the door on any hopes the Phillies had of a repeat and took the pennant.
Game 6 was actually supposed to be a legendary match up between veteran pitchers Pedro Martinez and Andy Pettitte. Two pitchers who have a lot of history with one another finally getting to pitch against each other in the World Series. Both Pettitte and Martinez have been around for almost the same amount of time with Pedro being 38 and Pettitte being 37. Their records are also very similar as Pedro has 219 wins and 100 losses with a career 2.93 ERA and Pettite with 229 wins to 135 losses with a career 3.91 ERA. The best part? Pettitte and Pedro have played each other six times prior to game 6, both with three wins and three losses against each other. Legendary right? The game didn't quite turn out like that as Pedro was hit pretty hard. At first, it looked as if it could be a pitchers dual with the first inning and a half scoreless. Then Hideki Matsui, who had Pedro's number all Series long, came to the plate with one man on. With what turned out to be a very long dual between the two, Matsui blasted a deep two run shot to right, giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead that they would never let up. Pedro would pitch through the fourth, but would be hit for two more runs off the bat of Matsui yet again, the man who in a couple of more hours would be awarded the World Series MVP.
Last night's game could have easily been a blowout. At one point the Yankees were up 7-1 with almost no chance of a Phillies come back after Mark Teixeira would drive in a run, followed by Matsui driving in two more, setting a World Series RBI record. However Ryan Howard, who was having a terrible Series, would come to the plate with one man on and blast a two run homer the opposite way to left, brining the deficit down to only four. Unfortunately that is where the score would stay, deadlocked at 7-3 as Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera shut the door on the Phils championship dreams. The biggest problem the Phillies had was their affinity for taking pitches that could have gone deep or driven in a couple of runs. Plain and simple, the Fightins just weren't aggressive enough at the plate, where as the Yankees would swing at the first good pitch they saw. As hard as it is to say it, the Yankees were just the better team.
The Yankees know how to shut the door. Andy Pettitte found a way to do it on only three days rest and the New York hitters didn't let him down. While it gets a little old after a while seeing the Yankees win the World Series a couple of time every decade, its got to be exciting for guys on that team who have yet to get a ring. A-Rod, one of the best players in baseball, finally gets his ring after a long season of steroid allegations and hop surgery. But for the "four amigos", Posada, Jeter, Pettitte and Rivera, it was ring number 5 and they acted like it. Not taking anything away from their accomplishments, but when you win that many rings, they have to be saying, "been there, done that" and that was the look on their faces last night. For some like Yankees skipper Joe Girardi, it was a different story, finally getting to prove himself after last years subpar performance. While the Yankees are just beginning their celebrations, the Phillies season is over, but this is a team that does keep on fighting and for the next couple of years, has a strong opportunity to come back to the Fall Classic. Congratulations to the the New York Yankees. Until next year...