That’s the reality of being the most successful franchise in the history of sports.
The Yankees in 2018 will be judged by how they perform in the postseason, but a season is always about the ride and right now the ride couldn’t be any smoother.
After a pedestrian start, the Yankees have put together a three-week stretch that is pretty darn close to perfect.
How close to perfect? Well, the Yankees have won 15 of their last 16 games, which is the best stretch the Yankees have had in a season going back to 1980.
It is truly remarkable to win 15 of 16 games against anyone, but this was a stretch of games that was supposed to truly test this Yankees group.
Over the last 16 games, the Yankees have played a group of teams that have a combined .544 winning percentage, and also matched up against the two teams they played in the postseason a year ago.
They went a combined 6-1 against the Houston Astros and the Cleveland Indians, two of the best teams in the American League.
The Yankees are finding ways to win, and it seems there is a different hero after every game.
Think about some of the unbelievable wins over the last three weeks.
Epic comebacks, walk-offs and the sort of attitude in which you get the sense the Yankees in 2018 are never out of a baseball game.
It is a feeling I have not had with a group going all the way back to the 1990s.
You always had the sense that those 90’s Yankees were always going to find a way, no matter the deficit, no matter the score.
The Yankees already have four victories this season in which they were trailing in the ninth inning.
Sunday’s come from behind victory against the Cleveland Indians may take the cake.
The team was down four runs in the eighth inning, and there was every reason to turn the page to the Red Sox series. But that never-say-die attitude was on full display.
Three runs in the eighth and four runs in the ninth, capped by the newest Baby Bomber Gleybar Torres, who became the youngest Yankee ever to hit a walk-off home run.
This Yankee team has the swagger, the confidence and the look of a team that is poised for a very special season.
Of course the team will be judged ultimately on October success, but I’m ready to sit back and enjoy the ride.
What a ride it will be.
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