NYSD’s Top 10 New York Sports Moments of the Decade

#4) 2009: The Yankees Win Their 27th World Championship

After beginning the decade with their fourth championship in five years, the Yankees have continued to annually far outspend any other major league baseball team. They spent well over a billion and a half dollars without another title -– until this season. George Steinbrenner’s health caused him stepped to the background with running things and the Joe Torre era ended during the decade, but in 2009, the extra additions of C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, and Mark Texeira helped the Yankees get back on top, and christen the new Yankee Stadium with another championship. It was actually a mainstay from earlier in the decade though, who helped the Bronx Bombers capture their 27th world title more than any other Yankee, and he did it all with his bat. Mastsui hit .615 (8-for-13), with three home runs, eight runs batted in, and three runs scored to become the player to win a World Series MVP as a full-time designated hitter, as the Yankees closed the decade the same way they opened it –- with a world championship, paying the ultimate tribute to Joe Girardi’s Yankee uniform number 27.

About the Author

Jon Wagner

Jon has been a credentialed writer with New York Sports Day since 2009, primarily covering the New York Knicks and Hofstra men's basketball. He has also occasionally covered other college basketball and New York's pro teams including the Mets, Giants, Jets, Islanders, Rangers and Cosmos (including their three most recent championship seasons).Jon is former Yahoo Sports contributor who previously covered various sports for the Queens Ledger. He's a proud alum of Hofstra University and the Connecticut School of Broadcasting (which he attended on a full scholarship).He remains convinced to this day that John Starks would have won the Knicks a championship in 1994 had Hakeem Olajuwon not blocked Starks' shot in Game 6 of the 1994 NBA Finals.

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