Well, that was a little bit anticlimactic, wasn’t it?

The New York Yankees scored led 7-1 after four innings last night and held on to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 in Game 6 of the World Series to clinch their 27th championship, and their first since 2000.  Hideki Matsui (the only Yankee we have not managed to muster any real hatred for, probably because he does not speak English well enough to make the type of obnoxious, self-serving, grandiose statements that have become the stock in trade of the Evil Empire) was named the World Series MVP after driving in six of the Yankee’ seven runs last night.  Closer extraordinaire Mariano Rivera sealed the game with 1 2/3 shutout innings and prevented the Phillies from having a chance to become the first National League team to repeat as champions since the Cincinnati Reds won back-to-back titles in 1975 and 1976.

All in all, this series was pretty much devoid of drama.  The only truly close game was Game 4 in Philadelphia when the Phillies managed to tie the game at 4 in the eighth inning before turning around a surrendering three runs, all with two out, in the ninth.

So congratulations to the Yankees.  George Steinbrenner et al got what they paid $208 million for.  There will be a parade in the Canyon of Heroes tomorrow morning to honor the champions.

And this, friends, is about as magnanimous as we can get in regards to the New York Yankees.  We will resist the temptation to point out yet again that Alex Rodriguez makes more money than the entirety of the Pittsburgh Pirates roster.  And we will try to ignore that you add up the entire payrolls of the Philadelphia Phillies (the best hitting team in the National League) and the St. Louis Cardinals (the best pitching team in the N.L.) and still be $10 million dollars short of the Yankees payroll.  This is a team that can afford to pay $13 million to a player like Matsui, who cannot run or field, but can still hit a little. There is only one player on the Phillies roster that makes more than $13 million (Ryan Howard).  There are nine such players on the Yankees.  But anyway, that’s all we can muster. Congratulations, Bronx Bombers. You just bought yourself a championship.  Don’t forget your receipt.