ALL GOOD THINGS: Congratulations to the New York Yankees (and their fans) for winning the 2009 World Series.
Yes, I'm disappointed this morning, but only disappointed. Not angry, not hurt, not depressed. Certainly last year's title and parade remains a balm for these fresh wounds, but even beyond that I feel like this team did as best it could on the field, that the front office took all the right steps in putting the best 25 on that field (no, Pedro, we still love you), and that some things just weren't meant to be.
But this isn't over yet. Bob Ford reminds us that this blessed core still has some peak years left -- "Ryan Howard turns 30 this month, and both Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins turn 31 during the offseason. Jayson Werth turns 31 in May." It's the rest of the team we may never see again quite like this -- no more using Stairs in case of emergency, perhaps no more Chan Ho Park. As David Murphy noted last night, "One thing is for sure: the 25 players who walked off the field amidst the mayhem at Yankee Stadium last night will never play together again."
Great season, but not quite enough, and that's okay. We'll be back.
Now comes the sad part. Sepinwall controls my Twitter avatar for the next week per the terms of our bet. At least I don't have to tip my cap and call him my daddy.