In 1998 Alan Jackson sang and appeared in a music video titled “Remember When.” The message in the video is one of love, hope and remembrance. With the 2014 Major League Baseball Regular Season upon us, I’ll tell you what I remember — 2009.
The top song that year was “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas. Slumdog Millionaire won the Oscar for best picture and it was also the last time the New York Yankees won the World Series. That’s right, the last time the New York Yankees won the World Series was 2009.
In the that Series, Hideki Matsui drove in 6 runs in his last year as a Yankee and Andy Pettitte got the win in Game 6, as the Yankees won their first title in their new stadium.
Equally significant was the fact that it was the last World Series for owner George Steinbrenner.
The Yankees have made 40 World Series appearances and they have won the World Series 27 times. So how are they looking for 2014? Depends on who you ask.
Not all the odds makers agree with one another, but one of the more reliable ones has the Los Angeles Dodgers as the 5-1 favorite to win the 2014 World Series. Next is the Detroit Tigers at 8-1, followed by the Washington Nationals at 9-1, the Saint Louis Cardinals at 10-1 and the Red Sox at 12-1. The Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Angels and the Oakland Athletics are all at 15-1.
And then we find the Yankees at 16-1. That’s right, eight teams are seen as being superior to the NYY.
But I know something the Vegas odds makers do not. I have been channeling George Steinbrenner all through spring training and he tells me this is the year. Sure enough, since the recent signing of the Japanese pitching phenom Masahiro Tanaka, rumblings within the betting world suggest the Yanks might be climbing higher on the most favored list.
That means I better fetch $10K in cash from under my mattress and head to Vegas before everyone realizes what George and I already know — the New York Yankees are going to win the 2014 World Series.
Just in case I’m wrong, maybe I should put a grand down on the Mets, too. They’re fourth from the bottom at 125-1. That would be a nice return.