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Paul O'Neill endorses '09 champs

Yankees 4, Twins 1 October 11, 2009 Summary:

Yankees 4, Twins 1

October 11, 2009

Summary: The Yankees closed the door on the series with a brilliant pitching performance from Andy Pettitte, who picked up his 15th career postseason win. A base-running gaffe by Nick Punto help the Yankees keep a late lead, which the Bombers cushioned with a pair of runs in the ninth. Mariano Rivera, who came into the game in the eighth to retire likely MVP Joe Mauer, picked up his 34th career postseason save.

Key stat: A-rod hit a game-tying homer in the seventh inning off Carl Pavano and Jorge Posada broke the tie with another solo shot two batters later.

(Credit: John Keating)

Here is my Thursday newspaper column, based on a conversation I had with YES' Paul O'Neill before Game 6.

In it, O'Neill said this: "There would be nothing better than for me to watch this game and have Andy Pettitte be the winner, Derek Jeter or Jorge Posada get the game-winning hit and Mariano close it out. That, to me, would be a perfect night."

After the game, I found O'Neill standing alone between the mound and second base, watching the Yankees receive their first World Series trophy since the one he and his teammates won in 2000.

"You almost got your perfect night," I said.

"Almost," he said. "Close enough."

Photo: John Keating

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