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I'm thinking everyone associated with baseball except for Mets fans is fine with this World Series. The Yankees took their place opposite the Phillies in the Fall Classic wiith Sunday's 5-2 win over the Angels that wrapped the ALCS in six games. Some quick thoughts:

---There is no one in baseball now or probably ever like Mariano Rivera. When he came on to start the eighth with a 3-1 lead, this one was over. Yes, Rivera gave up a run (his first in the postseason in the Bronx since Game Two of the 2000 World Series), but the Yankees' two-run eighth made that one moot.

---It's been six years for the Yankees to make the Series and you could see the joy on the faces of Rivera, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter. And there was unbridled jubilation from Alex Rodriguez as well. It's been six long seasons for him to finally get this far in pinstripes.

---The Yankees got the job done in Game Six, preserving ALCS MVP CC Sabathia for the Series opener against Philly's Cliff Lee. Mets fans who hate the Yankees and Phils are cringing over this series. But Indians fans are probably feeling even worse. at least for the Game One matchup after they traded back-to-back Cy Young winners and spent Sunday hearing their team had named ex-Nationals manager Manny Acta -- a fired Nationals manager -- as their new skipper. Ugh.

---What's up with the Twins and Angels? All those fundamentals fell apart against the Yankees. The Angels' woeful fielding reminded me of the '06 Tigers' troubles in the World Series. Hideous.

---Yankees/Phillies. Gotta believe this one will get the highest TV ratings in many years. Especially if we can get to Game Six for the first time since 2003.

I'll talk to you again on Workout Day Tuesday from the Bronx. This one should be good.

---Mike Harrington



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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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