The New York Yankees are knocking on the door again.

C.C. SabathiaWe are nearing pennant time again in 2012 and the New York Yankees are right there at the top of the American League East once again.

When the season started there were those that said that the Yankees were too old to make another serious run at the World Series. Here we are in October and the Yankees are right there, poised to start the playoffs.

The Yankees have played through adversity all season long with key players getting hurt or injured at one point in the season or another.  C.C. Sabathia, Andy Pettitte, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera and others have been out this year at different times during the season.

With Derek Jeter the captain of the team, they play as he plays hard and to win every game. Jeter is the consummate competitor.  He will try and beat you, even if you are just playing checkers. He comes to work every day ready to work. Even at age 38, Jeter is probably the hardest working guy on the team. He never takes a play off.  He is always driving forward to win every game.

The Yankees as a team play like their leader. They play hard and they play to win.  Yankees tradition dictates that they win. The Steinbrenner’s will accept nothing less than winning.  The Yankees winning the World Series is like breathing, it is imperative to their survival.

Age has not played a factor in the run for the pennant.  The Yankees do what they need to do to win. They try and put together the best players in the game every year. You can say what you will, but the fact is the Yankees organization is filled with winners. The general thoughts are that they try and buy championships every year, but that is not the case, there is a lot more to winning a championship then just putting out a bunch of money and throwing players together.

Not just anyone is asked to dawn the Yankees pinstripes.  Wearing that uniform and playing for the most storied team in MLB, for many is a dream come true.

Old or not, the 2012 New York Yankees are knocking on that door to the playoffs once again. Let’s stay tuned to see just how far the Yankees go into playoffs. Personally, I am seeing another World Series Trophy.

Mike Samuels is a Featured Journalist for The Sports Blitz.  He can be reached at or on Twitter @Steeler_Mike and at