In ESPN the Magazine, Howard Bryant writes about how Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera refuses to retire after his May 3 ACL injury. By not walking away from the game, the once-unknowable player has revealed his true self.
Sooner or later, the Red Sox balloon was bound to burst. No franchise could be expected to sustain such a draining and taxing regimen for so long a time.
It's bigger than his right arm. It's more powerful than his cutter. What sets Mariano Rivera apart from teammates and opponents alike? His faith.
Derek Jeter in Boston? As a Dodger? It's a new morning for the Yankees' front office, and the sun is setting on the old shortstop. Here's why the unthinkable is suddenly possible.
Some familiar baseball faces are nearing the end of the line, and the game won't be the same without them. Sadly, the cult of personality in MLB is about to be a thing of the past.
While the Yankees returned to glory by winning the World Series, the inevitability of full-scale instant replay in baseball stood out as perhaps the most important aspect of the 2009 postseason.
The Yankees are still in command, but this World Series suddenly has a different feel as it swings to New York for Game 6 on Wednesday night.
The ALCS continues, and so too will the examination of the jobs being done by managers Mike Scioscia and Joe Girardi.
Mariano Rivera is certainly showing signs of decline, but it's not making him a completely vulnerable target.
The new biography about Alex Rodriguez will cost him any shot at being considered a person of substance, but that doesn't make him any different from a number of the game's other fallen heroes.
The pressure to perform encircles second-year Yankees manager Joe Girardi, and the scrutiny will be as intense as ever.
The toughest pressure for new Yankee Mark Teixeira this season just might come from the watchful eye of the man known as Mr. October.
After a devastating loss in Game 5, the Rays can't let their thoughts betray them if they hope to advance to the World Series.
The Yankees not only lost the AL Division Series to the Indians. They also watched their aging dynasty come crumbling down for good.
Now that the Yankees have more confidence from winning Game 3, the Indians are making a mistake by not pitching their ace, C.C. Sabathia, in Game 4.
The Yankees' great dynasty is nearing its end, but Joe Torre and company aren't ready to throw in the towel yet.