Cox: "We'll try to be the team of the decade if that's what we're
playing for. It will be a lot of fun."
Jones: "We've persevered through so much this year. Everybody's kind
of drained. Luckily, we've got a couple of days off here."
Turner: "I think this is the best team we've ever had. "We've
got to go through both New York teams. Nobody has ever done that."
Michael: "They're both great clubs, and this is what matters."
Torre: "We had to earn it this year. Last year when we won so many
games, a lot of ball clubs felt they sort of didn't have a chance against
us. It was probably more satisfying this year."
are the twists and the trivia:
victor will be the team of the 1990s. Atlanta is making its fifth trip to
the World Series in the decade with one title to show for its efforts. The
Yankees have captured two of the last three World Series championships.
a rematch of the 1996 Series, in which Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and the
rallied to beat Greg Maddux, Chipper Jones and the Braves in six games.
For the first time, the World Series features teams that played during the
regular season. The Braves won two of three interleague games at Yankee
Stadium, just after the All-Star break.
three years of interleague play, the Braves and Yankees have split 10
games. The Yankees have won 14 of their last 15 postseason games and eight
straight World Series games. The Yankees last won consecutive titles in
this 95th World Series, there are the little sidebars: Braves outfielder
Brian Jordan played for Torre in St. Louis; Braves outfielder Gerald
Williams is a product of the Yankee farm system who was traded away; Torre
managed the Braves and was fired.
of that is grist for writers and topics for fans. But it is what will
happen between the white lines that counts - and it is there that the
Yankees are devastating.
by position, pitcher by pitcher, even in the managing and coaching realms
– the New Yorkers have an advantage.
teams on paper are worth writing home about. But there is what Yogi Berra
once called "deep depth" that the Yanks have in abundance that
makes them special.
Yankee do not beat themselves and they have so many ways to beat other
teams. They can play small ball, big ball, and home run ball. They can
slug it out it or go inning-by-inning in a tight pitcher's duel.
was once said "Rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for U.S.
Steel”. US Steel is no longer what it once was. The Yankees are better
the clutch, the team is devastating. The Yankees are batting .292 with
runners in scoring position, 10 points better than their overall average.
closer Mariano Rivera, who has not allowed a run in his last 39 1/3
innings and boats a career postseason ERA of 0.41, to middle reliever
Ramiro Mendoza to the other "specialty arms" in Torre's pen, the
Yankees have an edge over the Braves.
Braves are a spent team, as the Mets battled them to the nub. The last
five games Atlanta played were each decided by one run; the last two
encompassed 26 innings and more than 10 hours.
as Vince Lombardi said, makes cowards of us all. The Yankees are rested,
confident, and healthy.
Yanks in a sweep!!!