Posts Tagged ‘ Legacy ’

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In 1923, the New York Yankees opened up Yankee Stadium with the first of their 27 World Series crowns in six games.

Last night, it was deja vu.

The Yankees opened up New Yankee Stadium this season with another great season capped off with their 27th championship, and the first since 2000 after defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 in Game 6 to win the series 4 games to 2. It was fitting for this team built on tradition and legacy to close out the decade the same way they opened it. With a World Championship.

All season long, the Yankees were the best team in baseball. they won 103 games, they overcame the demons of A-Rod early in spring training, and they made huge splashes in free agency, signing CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, and A.J. Burnett to big contracts, totaling a combined $423.5M. They took advantage of mistakes made by Minnesota and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the postseason, giving them their 40th American League pennant, and their first trip to the World Series since 2003.

The Yankees then went up against the defending World Champion Philadelphia Phillies, who went through a similar postseason run to get to the World Series, but the Yankees went with a three-man starting rotation, and with great pitching and timely hitting, captured that elusive championship for Alex Rodriguez, who definitely broke out the postseason slump that has haunted him for years. Was it the fact that he had more help and didn’t feel like he had to do it alone, or was it Kate Hudson? Who knows, but he did show up when his team needed him most. Give A-Rod credit as well for not charging the mound any of the five times he was hit by pitches. That takes a lot of poise and composure to not react, and it showed that this team was focused on winning.

You can not have a World Series without the most valuable player, and the MVP of the World Series was Hideki Matsui. In his contract year, Matsui etched his name among the greats by putting on a Game 6 performance of the ages with six RBIs, tying a World Series, single-game record, and in the process becoming the first designated htiter and the first Japanese-born player to accomplish the feat of being World Series MVP. No matter what he does in the future, whether it is going back to Japan, staying in New York with the Yankees, or going to another MLB club, he has put his name in the annals of World Series time.

The Yankees were complete, and they were the best team in the season, whether you love them or hate them. They paid their dues and it was rewarded last night with championship number 27. Just like in 1923, the opening of a new stadium produced a great end result, and a dominant legacy afterwards.

2009 brought the same result. New stadium, World Championship. The question remains: will the dominant legacy continue?

Time will only tell.

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From Hero to Villain

For 16 seasons, he was the heart and soul of a proud NFL Franchise that was on its toughest leg.

For 16 seasons, he embodied what was the original vision of the First Super Bowl Champions and their legendary coach. His toughness, character, and blue-collar work ethic endeared him to the smallest market in the NFL.

For 16 seasons, Brett Favre embodied what it was to be a Green Bay Packer.

Now in a matter of two seasons, #4 has gone from the hero to the villain.

When Brett Favre signed with the Minnesota Vikings, it really symbolized the end of a lot of things. The end of the legacy in Green Bay, the end of a relationship between one of the legends of the Packers and its loyal fan base, the end of an era. The fact that Favre still has something left in the tank, and still wants to play is more than remarkable, the fact that he is going to the hated Minnesota Vikings is what is tough for Packer fans to swallow.

Of course those who don’t think Favre is the villain can say that the Packers were the cause of this ugly split between the two, and GM Ted Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy drove Favre out when he said he was going to retire originally.Those are the fans who will forever appreciate the QB reviving the once-proud franchise and bringing them back to relevance. No matter what Brett does now, next year, or during his time in New York with the Jets, Green Bay made him who he was. He his synonymous with the Packers and will be in the Hall of Fame as a Green Bay Packer.

Those, however outside of Wisconsin are tired of the same drama that has gone on for the past year and a half or so: “I don’t want to come back, then wake up… I do”. I understand the love of the game, but other peoples’ lives are at risk. The Vikings were a first place team in the NFC North without Favre, but Sage Rosenfels was on his way to being a starter, and finally getting his opportunity, and Tavaris Jackson was trying to make his last stand to be the Vikings starter. Now Rosenfels is going to be the backup, and Jackson could be on his way out if he will be the third string quarterback.

Favre’s remarks at the press conference could be taken as condescending, and unappreciative of the Packers and the city that rooted for him for 16 years. Now that the Vikings and Packers will be playing twice a year, expect the entertainment between these two teams, and I want the true reaction of these Packer fans when Favre returns to Lambeau Field on Nov. 1st.

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