2009 World Series: Yankees win record 27th title

The New York Yankees are celebrating with their 2009 World Series trophy on November, 4, 2009, at Yankee Stadium.

Table of Contents

The EventThe Yankees won the 2009 World Series Championship
The Opponent The Philadelphia Phillies
The ScoreYankees 4-2 Phillies
DateOctober 28 – November 4, 2009
Venues Yankee Stadium (New York)
Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia)
The MVPHideki Matsui, New York Yankees
The most memorable gameGame 6, Nov 4, 2009, Yankees 7-3 Phillies,
Hideki Matsui hit six RBIs and tied Bobby Richardson’s 1960 World Series record.
Regular season team record103-59 
Post-season record11-4
AL positionNo. 1
ALDS rival, scoreMinnesota Twins, the Yankees won the series 3-0.
ALCS rival, scoreLos Angeles Angels, the Yankees won 4-2.
Yankees captainDerek Jeter
Yankees ManagerJoe Girardi

The New York Yankees earned their 27th championship by claiming the 2009 World Series. The victory was a milestone in the club’s history and that’s more wins than any other team in baseball history. Winning it in the first season at the brand-new Yankee Stadium was a thrilling experience for fans. The old Yankee Stadium was demolished to make way for the new, state-of-the-art stadium. It provided a dynamic setting for the team’s supporters and players to celebrate their victory.

The New York Yankees, who had been mediocre for a while, returned to first place in 2009. They haven’t been champions since 2000, and in 2008, they missed the playoffs entirely. But the Yankees’ winning ways were reinstated and culminated with the 2009 World Series victory. At the end of the season, they had baseball’s greatest record (105-59) and took first place in their division.

The Yankees’ rotation in the 2009 World Series was among the best in baseball. CC Sabathia, their best starter, was dominant throughout the playoffs and in both of his World Series starts, including Game 4. A.J. Burnett also pitched well in Game 2, and Mariano Rivera was as dependable as always in relief, saving multiple games.

The Yankees’ lineup during the 2009 World Series featured a blend of seasoned veterans and promising young players who delivered when it mattered most. In particular, Hideki Matsui’s home run, double, and six RBI performances in Game 6 paved the way for the Yankees’ championship run. Derek Jeter, the Yankees’ longtime captain, played a crucial role in the team’s victory. His leadership and impressive play on the field were major factors in the team’s success. He hit .407 for the series and was a reliable presence on the field and in the locker room.

The 2009 World Series was noteworthy for the Yankees and their supporters because it marked the team’s return to supremacy, the opening of Yankee Stadium, the team’s excellent pitching, clutch hitting, Derek Jeter’s leadership, and the team’s 27th victory.

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi presents President Barack Obama with a signed team jersey during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House to honor the 2009 World Series Champions.
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The prelude to 2009 World Series: Yankees regular season

Regular season Yankees batting average .283
Best batting individual recordDerek Jeter (.334)
Regular season Yankees ERA
 4.26
Best pitching individual record Mariano Riveria (1.76)

The 2009 regular season for the New York Yankees was a testament to their grit, talent, and determination to win. They demonstrated they were a legit contender with a fresh and improved roster, powerful starting pitchers, and a record-breaking 100-win season. The efforts of the regular season set the table for a historic postseason run that ultimately resulted in the team’s 27th championship with the World Series win. It was one of the most entertaining in Yankees history, and fans will never forget it.

A season of Yankees redemption

The Yankees have established themselves as one of baseball’s most iconic franchises. The 2009 regular season was a pivotal point in their lengthy history. The team had the most potent combination of talent, determination, and revitalized spirit, making them the best team. Their fan following now had something to look forward to.

After missing the playoffs in 2008, the Yankees were motivated to restore their position as baseball’s top team. The Bronx Bombers had a lot to prove in their inaugural season at the brand-new Yankee Stadium. The group embarked on a journey with lofty goals of making up for past errors.

Rejuvenated Yankees roster

The 2009 Yankees were stacked with veterans and promising youngsters. The summer signing of CC Sabathia, an elite pitcher, greatly improved the team’s starting rotation. This contributed to the stability of their starting rotation. Sabathia formed an intimidating trifecta with A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettitte.

The Yankees’ potent offense made them nearly impossible to defeat. The backbone of their club consisted of veterans like Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Mark Teixeira. Hideki Matsui, Jorge Posada, and Robinson Cano made life difficult for opposing pitchers with their clutch hitting and overall talent level.

A dominant regular season

The 2009 season was the beginning of the Yankees’ dominance and set the tone for the 2009 World Series. The team’s success in its first six games bodes well for the rest of the season. The club finished with baseball’s best record of 103 victories and 59 losses.

But it was the pitching strength that stood out throughout the regular season, not the offense. The squad had a solid basis for success thanks to the efforts of Burnett, Pettitte, and the ace, CC Sabathia. Mariano Rivera, the legendary closer, kept surprising everyone with his incredible saves.

For the Yankees and their devoted supporters, the 2009 regular season was about more than just victories and stats. The squad reached 100 wins when they won game 162. The last time they did this was in 2004. It proved that they had returned to their former athletic glory and heightened anticipation for the postseason.

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The 2009 ALDS battle: Yankees 3-0 Twins

The OpponentMinnesota Twins
The ScoreNYY 3-0 MT
DateOctober 7 – October 11, 2009
VenuesYankee Stadium, New York
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis
The memorable gameGame 3, both teams were scoreless until the sixth inning             
Game 1Result: New York Yankees 4, Minnesota Twins 1.
Place: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Attendance: 54,700
Game 2Result: New York Yankees 4, Minnesota Twins 3.
Place: Yankees Stadium
Attendance: 50,006.
Game 3Result: New York Yankees 4, Minnesota Twins 1.
Place: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Attendance: 54,735

In 2009, the American League Division Series (ALDS) featured a matchup between the AL East champion New York Yankees and the AL Central champion Minnesota Twins. Alex Rodriguez’s stellar hitting was a key factor in the Yankees’ series victory. He hit .455 with two homers, six RBIs, and a.455 on-base percentage.

Game 1: Yankees 4-1 Twins

The Yankees quickly rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the first game. They triumphed by a score of 7–2 on the strength of stellar performances from ace CC Sabathia and the bats of stars like Derek Jeter, Nick Swisher, Alex Rodriguez, and Hideki Matsui. The victory was a statement about the Yankees’ offensive prowess and toughness, and it set the tone for the rest of the series.

Game 2: Yankees 4-3 Twins

The second game went into extra innings due to a rousing battle. The Yankees won the series thanks to clutch performances from Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Rodriguez smashed a two-run home run to give the Yankees new life. In a nail-biting game, the Yankees prevailed 4-3 thanks to Teixeira’s walk-off home run in the eleventh inning. The stunning victory demonstrated the Yankees’ ability to rise to the occasion and prevail under pressure.

Game 3: Yankees 4-1 Twins

The Yankees continued to display their superiority in Game 3. With the help of RBI singles from Jorge Posada and Robinson Cano, the lead ballooned to four runs. The legendary Mariano Rivera entered the game and recorded the final four outs. The Yankees won and advanced to the ALCS thanks to this play. The fact that it was the Twins’ last game at the Metrodome made the Yankees’ victory that much sweeter.

The 2009 Pennant duel: Yankees 4-2 Angels

The OpponentLos Angeles Angels of Anaheim
The ScoreYankees 4 – 2 Angels
DateOctober 16th – October 25th.
VenuesYankees Stadium
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
The memorable gameGame 6
Game 1Result: Angels 1, Yankees 4.
Place: Yankee Stadium
Attendance: 49,688
Game 2Result: Angeles 3, Yankees 4.
Place: Yankee Stadium
Attendance: 49,922.
Game 3Result: Angels 5, Yankees 4.
Place: Angels Stadium of Anaheim.
Attendance: 44,911
Game 4Result: Angeles 1, Yankees 10.
Place: Angels Stadium of Anaheim
Attendance: 45,160
Game 5Result: Angels 7, Yankees 6
Place:  Angels Stadium of Anaheim
Crowd in attendance: 45,113
Game 6Result: Angels 2, Yankees 5
Place: Yankees Stadium 
Crowd in attendance: 50,173

In 2009, the New York Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels six games to win the ALCS. The Yankees’ first-ever playoff series victory over the Angels and their 40th American League pennant made this a historic event. The Yankees were led by CC Sabathia, their greatest pitcher. For his outstanding performance in the ALCS, he was selected as the series MVP.

CC Sabathia’s pitching prowess was on display in Game 1 as he limited the Angels to just one run on four hits. The tone of the entire series was established here. Mariano Rivera, the Yankees’ legendary closer, got the final out in the ninth inning to seal a 4-1 victory. 

The Yankees took an early lead in Game 2 thanks to a home run by Derek Jeter, but the Angels stormed back to tie the game in the fifth. In the 11th, Alex Rodriguez hit a heroic home shot to tie the game again, and in the 13th, an error by Melky Cabrera allowed the winning run to score, giving the Yankees a dramatic 4-3 victory.

Despite another early lead from Jeter’s home run, the Yankees lost Game 3 to the Angels, 5-4. 

Sabathia once again displayed outstanding effort in Game 4. In eight innings, he allowed only one earned run. The Yankees cruised to a 10-1 victory behind Melky Cabrera’s four RBIs and a two-run single. Alex Rodriguez’s outstanding performance in the postseason continued with a two-run home drive. He’s tied a record by driving in runs in eight consecutive games. Johnny Damon’s two-run home run in the eighth inning of Game 4 gave the Yankees the 10-1 victory they needed.

In Game 5, the Angels rallied and played an intense, close game. They eventually prevailed by a score of 7-6. But in Game 6, veteran pitcher Andy Pettitte delivered, and despite Mariano Rivera allowing an RBI single (his first playoff run since 2000), the Yankees took advantage of several miscues by the Angels and prevailed, 5-2, to win the ALCS.

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The 2009 World Series

The OpponentThe Philadelphia Philis
The ScoreYankees 4-2 Phillies
DateOctober 28 – November 4th, 2009.
VenuesYankee Stadium (New York)
Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia)
The MVPHideki Matsui
The memorable gameGame 6
Game 1Date: October 28, 2009.
Result: Yankees 1, Phillies 6.
Place: Yankee Stadium
The Crowd in attendance: 50,207.
Game 2Date: October 29, 2009.
Result: Yankees 3, Phillies 1.
Place: Yankee Stadium.
The crowd in attendance: 50,181
Game 3Date: October 31, 2009.
Result: Yankees 8, Phillies 5
Place: Citizens Bank Park
The Crowd in attendance: 46,061
Game 4Date: November 1, 2009
Result: Yankees 7, Phillies 4.
Place: Citizens Bank Park
The Crowd in attendance: 46,145
Game 5Date: October 2, 2009.
Result: Phillies 6, Yankees 8.
Place: Citizens Bank Park.
The crowd in attendance: 46,178
Game 6 or more, if anyDate: November 4, 2009.
Result: Yankees 7, Phillies 3
Place: Yankees Stadium.
The crowd in attendance: 50,315

The New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies met three times during the regular season in May of 2009. The defending World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies took the series by winning two of the three games. However, the Yankees got their revenge on the Phillies by winning the 2009 World Series. It was a thrilling series, and the Yankees came out on top to claim their 27th World Series title.

Game 1: Yankees 1-6 Phillies

In Game 1 of the 2009 World Series, the Phillies defeated the Yankees 6-1 behind a shutout performance from Cliff Lee. Additionally, he was the first left-handed starter in the World Series to defeat the Yankees in Game 1 since Sandy Koufax in 1963.

The first hit of the 2009 World Series came in the opening frame when Phillies slugger Ryan Howard laced a double, though he was left stranded as the game remained scoreless through two innings. Philadelphia eventually broke through against New York’s CC Sabathia in the third when Chase Utley launched a two-out solo homer to give the Phillies a 1-0 edge. Cliff Lee was brilliant on the mound for Philadelphia, not allowing a run while scattering just three hits and fanning seven over the first five stanzas. Utley stayed hot at the plate by going deep again in the sixth, extending the lead to 2-0. Lee and Sabathia kept dueling until the latter was pulled in the eighth, replaced by Phil Hughes who immediately walked two batters.

After Damaso Marte recorded two quick outs, David Robertson took over but issued a free pass to Jayson Werth before serving up a two-run single to Raul Ibañez as the Phillies’ advantage swelled to 4-0. Philadelphia padded its lead in the ninth when Shane Victorino delivered an RBI single and Howard came through with a run-scoring double. Lee finished what he started, hurling a complete game six-hitter while striking out ten and not allowing a walk in a dominant outing, surrendering just one unearned run as the Phillies drew first blood in the 2009 World Series.

Lee allowed just one unearned run on six hits while fanning 10 and not walking a single batter.

Game 2: Yankees 3-1 Phillies 

The Phillies jumped ahead early again in Game 2 of the 2009 World Series, though the Yankees responded with homers from Mark Teixeira and Hideki Matsui to grab a lead. A controversial call arose when Johnny Damon hit a low liner that Ryan Howard grabbed and threw to second to seemingly double off Jorge Posada, with first base umpire Brian Gorman ruling Howard caught the ball in the air. Replays showed the ball bounced first, but the call stood despite heated protests from Posada and manager Joe Girardi.

Yankees starter A.J. Burnett exited after seven innings having allowed just one run, making way for Mariano Rivera in the eighth. Philadelphia put two runners aboard that frame on a walk and single, but Chase Utley grounded into an inning-ending double play. Another close call occurred on that twin killing, as replays showed Utley may have beaten the throw at first. Again Gorman’s call stood, marking two disputed plays that went New York’s way in Game 2 of the 2009 World Series. Rivera ultimately recorded a six-out save, his 38th in postseason play, as the Yankees evened the series behind clutch homers and controversial calls.

Game 3: Yankees 8-5 Phillies

The Yankees took Game 3 of the 2009 World Series with six strong innings from Andy Pettitte and home runs from Alex Rodriguez, Nick Swisher, and Hideki Matsui, including the first home run overturned by instant replay in World Series history.

A ball hit by Alex Rodriguez traveled far down the right-field line. Because everyone initially assumed it was a double, Teixeira stayed put on third. MLB Instant Replay reviewed the action and revealed that the ball had struck a camera owned jointly by Fox and MLB, located just beyond the right field fence. Accordingly, it was ruled a two-run home run.

With only five pitches, Rivera got the final two outs and finished out the game. Pettitte extended his Major League Baseball record with his 17th postseason victory in the 2009 World Series.

Game 4: Yankees 7-4 Phillies

First up in manager Joe Girardi’s three-man starting rotation was CC Sabathia, who started on three days’ rest. Jeter singled to open the scoring after Alex Rodriguez had been hit by a pitch. Rodriguez was shot twice the night before in Game 3 of the 2009 World Series.

In the end, Damon came out on top. He made a double steal while Teixeira was up at the plate. The defense’s shift away from Teixeira opened up the base for them to advance. Multiple outlets compared this to Enos Slaughter’s “Mad Dash” in the 1946 World Series and referred to it as a “mad dash.” Teixeira was also struck by a pitch. In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Yankees brought in Mariano Rivera to end the game. He only needed eight pitches to record his second series save in Game 4 of the 2009 World Series.

Game 5: Yankees 8-6 Phillies 

In Game 5, Burnett completely fell apart, surrendering six earned runs in just two innings of work. After a late rally by the Yankees, the Phillies prevailed 8-6 to take the series back to New York.

While the Yankees struck first, it was the Phillies who answered in the bottom of the inning to seize the advantage. The Yankees’ comeback effort led by Jeter, Damon, and Teixeira fell short because Burnett’s subpar performance was the result of not getting enough rest in between starts. The 2009 World Series came to 3-2.

Game 6: Yankees 7-3 Phillies

Andy Pettitte had a three-day layoff to begin the last game of the 2009 World Series. Pedro Martnez, the Phillies’ starting pitcher, joked that he and his opponent, Andy Pettitte, were “old goats” and admitted that he knew Red Sox supporters were cheering for him. Pettitte now has 18 career postseason victories, breaking his own record.

After a leadoff walk by Alex Rodriguez to start the bottom of the second inning, the Yankees got on the board thanks to a two-run home drive by designated hitter Hideki Matsui. In the top of the third, Carlos Ruiz tripled for the Phillies and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Jimmy Rollins. But with his sixth RBI of the game, Matsui tied Bobby Richardson‘s 1960 World Series record for most RBI in a single World Series game.

With his historic performance in Game 6, Matsui was named the 2009 World Series MVP. He finished one triple short of the cycle but became only the second player in baseball history to drive in six runs during a World Series game. A two-run homer in the second inning, a two-run single in the third, and a two-run double in the fifth all contributed to this total. Throughout the series, Matsui hit .615, with 3 HRs and 8 RBIs. Pettitte earned his fourth playoff victory on three days’ rest and became the first pitcher in baseball history to start and win the deciding game in every round of the playoffs in the same postseason. With Rivera’s final five outs, the Yankees won their 27th World Series championship, setting a new record for North American sports teams.

Off the Winning Path

Alex Rodriguez had a hip ailment that sidelined him from early March until mid-May. After missing much of spring training, A-Rod returned with a vengeance, blasting a three-run homer in his first at-bat in the 2009 World Series.

Former Yankees manager Joe Torre, then in charge of the Los Angeles Dodgers, wrote a book called “The Yankee Years,” in which he lambasted Steinbrenner, Cashman, and Rodriguez, among others, during his tenure in New York.

A follow-up inquiry revealed that New York Governor David Paterson took advantage of his position to secure five free behind-home-plate tickets from the Yankees for Game 1 of the 2009 World Series. After the matter came under examination, he or someone working on his behalf paid for them with a check that was postdated. Paterson was subsequently hit with a $62,125 fine from the Commission. 

The Yankees and their fans will never forget the 2009 World Series victory. It solidified the team’s place as one of the all-time greats and added to their legendary status.

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