7:17 PM, Oct 8, 2009 • By RACHEL ABRAMS
For Yankee fans, the pleasures of the regular season were manifold: Derek Jeter played ball with all the joy of the little guy who dreams of playing for the Yanks all his life, then finds he's doing just that! (Which in Jeter's case happens to be the true story.) But his teammates were right behind him. Alex Rodriguez-yeah, I can hear you Boston fans booing-came late and started slow post-hip-surgery-and post-steroid-use revelations-but ended the season with a .286 average, 30 homers, and 100 RBIs. Mark Texeira's wife chose the Yankees over the Red Sox (more boos) and he played gold-glove first base for them-stretching like taffy to catch balls and handling them with such delicacy you'd have thought they were eggs-and hit an AL-leading 39 dingers and 122 RBIs while he was at it. There were the 15 walk-off wins; Melky Cabrera hit for the cycle; Brett Gardiner hit an inside the park home run-everyone played every game as if it were the World Series. Even on the mound, where they were shallowest, they pulled out some amazing wins. Last night's first American League Division Series 6-2 win against the Twinkies was no exception. And no matter happens from here on out, we'll be grateful for a most wonderful season.