New York Yankees: Ten Unsung heroes from the 2000s
By Ryan Doyle
To kick off the new millennium, the New York Yankees brought home their 26th World Series Championship. To bookend the decade, the Yanks won their 27th title. In between and during those championship runs, a handful of unsung heroes provided Yankees fans with memories that they could never forget and would never have expected at the time.
From Aaron Small’s undefeated run in 2005 to the 2009 World Series and the Philadelphia Phillies kryptonite known as Damaso Marte.
Earlier this month, Yanks Go Yard took a look at unsung heroes of the 2010s. The decade wasn’t one Yankees fans will be happy with, in the long run. The team was unable to reach the World Series and although the Yankees were able to win two in the decade prior, the 2000s might have been more painful.
The team suffered a devastating loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2001 World Series, a young Florida Marlins team would shock the organization two years later.
The following season, the Boston Red Sox would break the long-standing Curse of the Bambino and in the next three seasons, Divison Series exits left a sour taste in the mouth of the fanbase.
Throughout the ups and downs, a group of players will live on in the memories of die-hard Yankees fans. Whether it was a journeyman pitcher or veteran slugger with one last gasp, there were a number of heroes that get their fair share of love from the Yankees faithful on Old Timer’s Day.