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

New York Yankees push for another pennant

Robinson CanoThis is All-Star week. We have the Home Run Derby and the All-Star game.  Now is the time when teams begin to make their push for the playoffs. The New York Yankees are no different.  At this point the Yanks have the best record in MLB. Usually at this point in the year they begin to play a different kind of game throughout the rest of the season.  The second half of the year Yankees are a different animal then during the beginning of the year Yankees.

The Yankees seem to be clicking on all cylinders right now, even though they have some major injuries.  C.C. Sabbathia has a hamstring issue, Mariano Rivera has a torn ACL and needed surgery, and Andy Pettitte has a broken foot.  Their bullpen and other starters have taken up the slack and kept the Yankees in contention.  The hitters are hitting and hitting well. The Yankees have hit the most Home Runs in MLB.  Thirty-eight year old Derek Jeter, the team Captain always leads by example. He makes the plays that no one else does. He is hitting at a very high level, his batting average is .313. He has a legitimate shot at an AL MVP.  Jeter has also made another All-Star team, he will be the lead off hitter and start at Shortstop.  Robinson Cano will bat second and play second base.  Curtis Granderson will start in the outfield and be ninth in the lineup. C.C. Sabbathia also made the All-Star team, but will not play due to being on the disables list.

The New York Yankees as an organization, from management down to the players, the fans, and everyone else that is affiliated with the organization expect every year to make the playoffs and win a World-Series. They demand it, and anything less is not acceptable.  With this mind set and loyalty of their fans is one of the main reasons that the New York Yankees have won more World-Series than any other franchise.

When the All-Star break is over, the Yankees go into what I call pennant mode. They work with their line-ups to get that perfect mesh and cohesive unit that will push them closer to the play-offs. They take less days off. I know that all teams work harder in the second half of the season, but I believe with the Yankees is goes to another level. A level that teams that do not make the play-offs can understand, especially teams that have never made it into the play-off or won a pennant. The teams that do not have can do and will do attitude. They do not play as the Yankees play, for pride.  During the second half of the season, the Yanks get harder to beat because they feel that they have more on the line and a lot of history to live up to year after year.

The Yankees are probably one of the toughest teams to deal with going down the stretch after the all-star break.  I see them in the play-off picture again this year because as their injured players start to come back into the fold, the stronger they get. They are very good at maintaining themselves during rough periods during the season, I do not see this year as any different.