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The New York Yankees have few chinks in their historical armor. There are precious few teams that have had their way with the legacy. Usually, it's the other way around with rivals such as the Boston Red Sox, the cross-town New York Mets, the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, and so many others wilting under the pressure of the ominous Yankee weight bearing down on them.

During this latest never-ending era of Yankee greatness, only the Detroit Tigers have managed to mystify the Bronx Bombers beating them twice in the playoffs. There've been other losses, of course, but the Tigers, while competitive, weren't supposed to defeat the Yankees either time.

Well, here we are again.

This time, though, the Yankees are just so much better, it's inconceivable to contemplate another surprise. The Tigers slipped into the playoffs this year on the strength, or weakness, of a collapse by the team that spent most of the year ahead of them. Clearly, the White Sox handed the division to the Tigers, and had they not, Jim Leyland and the boys would be watching, feet up, sipping a cold beverage right about now.

They somehow managed, with the enormous contribution of Justin Verlander, to overcome destiny's darlings, the Oakland A's after some late-game heroics. But the Tigers won't have Verlander to lean on but once in this series unless it goes the distance and a seventh game - it won't. Despite the unfathomable feebleness of the Yankee lineup, they managed to douse the Orioles flame mostly because the O's were more ineffective with the bats. Is there any question the Yankee swings will awaken? When they do, the Tiger arms, save Verlander, are not the panacea the Detroit team will need to advance. For once in the last several years, just about every matchup favors the Yankees, other than Miguel Cabrera.

There's some magic in the Yankees - what else is new? Raul Ibanez is the latest player to fill the uniform that suddenly is imbued with super powers. It sure seems this Yankee team can dissolve the Tigers quickly, probably in five games.

Glenn Vallach has been a New York Mets fan since foolishly abandoning the mighty Yankees in his youth after Mickey Mantle retired. Since the fond, fleeting memories of the Tom Seaver, Cleon Jones, Tommie Agee years, he sits quietly yearning for a fraction of the success enjoyed annually by the team that inhabits the borough in which I was born...waiting and hoping...waiting and hoping.

Sources:

  • · Yahoo! Sports New York Mets page
  • · Yahoo! Sports New York Yankees page
  • · Yahoo! Sports Detroit Tigers page
  • · Yahoo! Sports Baltimore Orioles page
  • · Yahoo! Sports Justin Verlander page
  • · Noah Trister, The Associated Press, Tigers to face Yankees in ALCS

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