The New York Yankees won their 27th World Series, defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3. Joe Mauer was named MVP of the Series after hitting.455 with two homers and nine RBIs. Derek Jeter announced his retirement at the end of the season.
New York defeated Philadelphia in six games to claim its third championship in four years. The previous year, the Chicago Cubs had beaten the San Francisco Giants to become the first team to repeat as World Series champions since the St. Louis Cardinals in 1964 and '65.
This is your standard World Series matchup: big market vs. small market. The Yankees are located in New York City while the Phillies are based in Philadelphia.
However, more than just geography is involved in this series. The Phillies have been on a steady decline for several years now, while the Yankees are still one of the most successful franchises in baseball.
In addition, there is no clear-cut favorite in this series. Each team has its strengths and weaknesses; none of them is overwhelming. That's why this series will be very close and could go either way.
The Phillies of Philadelphia The Yankees won their 27th World Series title after defeating the Phillies in Game 7 of the World Series. The World Series was won by the New York Yankees, who defeated the reigning champion Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 in Game 6 thanks to Hideki Matsui's record-tying six RBIs. It was the Yankees' third championship in four years and they became the first team to win three consecutive World Series titles.
The Yankees played in the 2009 World Series because of the default victory by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2008 World Series. The Yankees had a chance to face the Rays in the 2009 World Series but owner George Steinbrenner refused to pay the required amount of money to the players' union for an illegal gambling operation so the series was canceled due to labor strife.
During the 2009 World Series the Yankees used seven different pitchers who all got at least one game into the series. They went with veteran Andy Pettitte in game 1, rookie David Phelps in game 2, Phil Hughes in game 3, Rafael Soriano in games 4 and 5, Mariano Rivera in game 6 and Phelps again in game 7. The Yankees won all seven games including five in a row at one point during the season. This is the most ever won in a single World Series tournament.
Pettitte was the winning pitcher in game 1 as he went 8 innings while giving up only one run on four hits. He also struck out eight batters.
The New York Yankees are an American professional baseball club headquartered in New York City's Bronx borough. The Yankees are one of the most recognized and successful sports clubs in history, having won a record 27 World Series victories and 40 American League (AL) pennants. Their overall record is.542; their winning percentage in World Series competition is.636.
The Yankees have played their home games at Yankee Stadium since 2009. Before that, they played at Old Yankee Stadium from 1903 to 2008. The team is owned by Hal Steinbrenner and his brother Donald Jr. ; the business side is run by CEO Hank Smith and President Mark Shapiro.
Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was one of the most successful owners in Major League Baseball. Under his leadership, the Yankees won six World Series titles between 1996 and 2010 and eight AL East titles. Prior to 1996, the Yankees had only one other division title: In 1962, they defeated the Baltimore Orioles 4 games to 3 in the World Series.
In 2011, the Yankees finished with a record of 86-76, finishing second in the AL East for the first time since 2003. They were eliminated from playoff contention on September 13th when Derek Jeter announced he would retire after the season.