The Bronx Bombers have done it again.
After a tight race with the Baltimore Orioles in September and a season filled with injuries, the New York Yankees made it through to the playoffs on Thursday night, ousting the Boston Red Sox for their 13th division title in 17 years.
Though the Yankees enter the postseason without veteran closing pitcher Mariano Rivera for the first time since 1981 (Rivera tore a knee ligament in May), the team moves forward with the two fellow remaining members of the “Core Four,” shortstop and team captain Derek Jeter and pitcher Andy Pettitte (catcher Jorge Posada announced his retirement after 17 years with the Yankees this January).
There are many legendary Yankees. In “Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss,” author Marty Appel (the Yankees PR director in the 1970s) takes us behind the dugout for a closer look at some of the folklore and little known history surrounding the sports team perhaps best known for its winning streaks. From Yogi Berra (“A beloved American figure – I think everybody just smiles and feels good when they hear his name,” says Appel) to Derek Jeter, MetroFocus takes a look at Yankees legends.
Coming up on the October episode of MetroFocus, anchor Rafael Pi Roman talks baseball with Marty Appel, the author of “Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss.” Hear stories about Yankees legends in this web extra clip.
And today’s legends in the making…
Now 38, Jeter has been with the Yankees for 18 seasons and is the team captain. Jeter finished this year’s season with a .316 average, 32 doubles, 15 home runs, 58 RBI’s, 99 runs scored and 216 hits, which is the most in the majors. Even though Jeter is likely entering the twilight of his career, his performance this season certainly solidifies his reputation as one of the premier baseball players in the Major League, and as a Yankees legend.
A Yankee since his major league debut in 2005, Cano plays second base and is known for his excellent batting skills. Oh, and he’s also responsible for the Yanks making it into the playoffs this season. He went 4-for-4 against the Boston Red Sox Wednesday night and hit two home runs. It was his ninth consecutive multi-hit game.
Originally from Japan, outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was traded by the Seattle Mariners to the Yankees this July. He’s already poised to play an important role on the team in the playoffs. Ichiro’s batting records are impressive, and include Major League Baseball’s single-season record for hits with 262. He had 10 consecutive 200-hit seasons. He may be new, but he’s a Yankee through and through.