The New York Yankees, flashing its high-paid, high-powered bats, blasted their way past the California Angels Sunday night, earning the right to battle the Philadelphia Phillies into the 2009 World Series.
“I couldn’t be more excited,” said third baseman Alex Rodriguez. “I feel like a 10-year-old kid.”
The 5-2 win, aided in large part by the fireballs hurled by super-star closer Andy Pettitte, marked the Yankees first pennant in six years.
Speaking of pitching, the Yankees will host the Phillies Wednesday in a matchup of the past two AL Cy Young Award winners – Cliff Lee and American League Championship Series MVP CC Sabathia.
Philadelphia Phillies are hoping to repeat as World Series champs, while the $201 million Yankees are hoping to beat back the ghosts of recent championship flops. The most successful team in MLB history, the Yankees haven’t won a series since ruling between 1998-2000.