*In the week until the Yankees open the 2015 season I’ll be counting down, one a day, my personal Top 7 Yankees Moments of all time.*
Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows that I’m not a confident sports fan. Even with all the success my sports teams have had in my lifetime (9 combined titles, 14 combined World Series/Super Bowl appearances) I’m very rarely anything but super-nervous and convinced that the sky is falling. The 2009 Yankees season was, for the most part, no different. Even though the Yankees had been baseball’s best team during the regular season, I was nervous going into the Playoffs. Even after the Yankees swept the Twins, I was nervous about the ALCS. Even after the Yankees eliminated the Angels relatively handily in the ALCS, I was nervous going into the World Series. Even with the Yankees up 3-2 in the series, I was incredibly nervous going into Game 6 vs the Phillies at Yankee Stadium. All that makes what happened in the second inning all the more strange for. As soon as Hideki Matsui’s 2-run home run off of Pedro Martinez landed in the right field seats I knew the Yankees were winning the World Series that night. Even when the Phiiles cut the lead in half the following inning, my weird confidence never faltered.