Yankees Win 10,000th Game, Return To Playoffs As Wild Card
Some of us are old enough to remember when the MLB Wild Card spots were first added back in 1994, and how the whispers were that it was actually George Steinbrenner's plan to make sure there were two AL East teams playing in October. (Yes, I'm old enough to remember 1994 was the Strike Year, so the MLB wild card wasn't officially used until 1995). And the data seems to support that whisper: in the 17 years of using a single wild card in each league, the AL East was the representative in each of the first 5 years, and 13 of them overall.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 2, 2015
Now there are two wild card spots in each league (I have no idea why). In the NL, it's the Central's Cubs and Pirates, two teams that would have been first in any other division. And tonight, in the AL, we found out one of the wild card teams will be the Yankees, who beat the Red Sox behind CC Sabathia (one wonders what they could actually see from back there) and three HRs.
— ⚾GO NYY-NYR-NYG⚾️ (@michael28754837) October 2, 2015
But what was impressive about the game was it being the Yankee's 10,000th win. To put that in perspective, the Lakers have the most NBA wins with 3218, the Chicago Bears the most NFL wins with 735 (note they have not added to that total this season), and the Montreal Canadiens the most NHL wins with 3260. So the Yankees have more wins than all of them, and all of them combined. So congrats, Bronx Bombers. That's impressive.
And good luck against the Hous-ange-sota As-gel-twins (or whoever you'll play).
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David Young has been a columnist for ESPN and Sports Illustrated and is one for SportsGrid.
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