Yankees Tie ALCS 2 Games A Piece
In the Wild Card era of Major League Baseball, there have been only six teams to win the World Series. In both of the 2017 Wild Card games, they produced world class baseball talent in the Rockies, D-Backs, Twins, and Yankees. The Yankees were 2 games behind for an AL East title but fell to the Boston Red Sox and had to settle for the AL Wild Card Game against the Minnesota Twins. And that game, was WILD!
At one point, the Twins were up 3-0 thanks to a pair of dingers by Brian Dozier and Eddie Rosario. But that wouldn't stop Aaron Judge and the Yankees as he would hit his own home run and power the team to an 8-4 come from behind victory. But that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Down 2-0 in the ALDS against the Indians, Greg Bird would produce the Yankees' only run in Game 3 to give the Yankees the 1-0 win. They would then win Game 4 7-3, and move on to their first ALCS since 2012 after taking the win or go home Game 5 5-2 after two insurance runs were produced by a Brett Gardner 2 run RBI single.
The Yankees have been the comeback kids and the story of this 2017 Postseason. But they had to prove themselves they were by winning the AL Pennant and the first since 2009. They just had to get past through Jose Altuve, George Springer, Carlos Correa and the 101 win Houston Astros. And the Yankees wouldn't go down without a fight.
However, they would have to make their comeback magic once again as both Games 1 and 2 of the ALCS were lost by the Yankees by the same score of 2-1, including a costly walk-off play at the plate in Game 2. But as does any other series, the ALCS shifted to Yankee Stadium for Games 3-5. And the Yankees got back to be their old Postseason selves as their pitcher CC Sabathia would throw 5 K and the AL's new shining star in Yankees rookie outfielder Aaron Judge would tower a 3 run home run into left as the Yankees would win Game 3 8-1 and would put the series at 2-1.
Game 4 would truly put the Yankees to the test and reveal what team they really were. But first things first, overcome a 4 run deficit with just 3 innings to go. At this point in the game (and series) any team would just quit and say screw it right? No, not these Yankees who have redefined the word Postseason comeback given their young talent. Speaking of young talent, guess who started the comeback with a solo shot to center? That's right, #99 himself. And he and his justices would put order into the fans of the Houston Astros and their court and show what his band of Bronx Bombers is really made of.
But seriously, they really shocked the Astros. After a sac fly by Sanchez to cut the lead in half, Brett Gardner groundout and make it a one run game. The Judge would rise to the challenge once again as he produced the game tying run via RBI double. He also became the Yankees' go-ahead run. He would come into score as Gary Sanchez hit the go-ahead RBI double, also scoring the run from first, Didi Gregorious to make it a 6-4 Yankee lead and their first of the game. They would also win by that same score, tying up the ALCS 2-2.
So let's see. Down 3-0 in the Wild Card and beat the Twins? Check. Beat the AL's best team in the Indians and overcome a 2-0 deficit in the ALDS? Check. Beat another 100 win AL team and overcome another 2-0 deficit to win the pennant? Almost check. The comebacks just keep coming for the 2017 New York Yankees. The starters for Game 5 have already been set in Dallas Keuchel in the Astros, and Masahiro Tanaka in the Yankees.
If the Yankees win the pennant and beat either the Dodgers or Cubs in the World Series, not only will they have accomplished something that they have never dreamed of or was even possible to begin with given that they have beaten the AL's best teams and keep rewriting history books in terms of the number of comebacks they have made both in games and Postseason series (especially the fact that they were a Wild Card team going into the Postseason), but they will have started a new era in the Bronx. Judge as the new Jeter, Giraardi as the new Torre, and the fans as the same Yankee Faithful.
It's not World Series #28 or bust for these historic 2017 New York Yankees, but whatever ends up happening, they will have had one heck of a Postseason for the ages that they will always remember and cherish for all Yankees fans.