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Thursday, April 25, 2013

YANKEE COMEBACK WINS ARE ADDING UP

There is something special about your team coming from behind to win a game. It is hard to measure a team's resiliency, its ability to stare down a deficit and find the wherewithal to win under difficult circumstances. The 2013 Yankees, for all their troubles with injuries and holes in the lineup, are showing themselves to be quite the team under pressure.

Their first five games started poorly. But since then, the Yankees have started a great winning trend, winning 10 of the next 14. During that stretch, there were four games in which the Yankees were either tied or trailing in the 7th inning or later, and came back to win. They are 10-0 in games when they have the lead going into the 7th inning. In three of those games, they have given up the lead and came back to win the game anyway. This has huge implications for the team. Despite missing their biggest stars - Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, and Alex Rodriguez - the Yankees are finding ways to win when the chips are down. The latest hero was Ichiro Suzuki, who came up with a big 2-run single with two outs in the ninth.

The last time we saw something like this from the Yankees it was 2009. The Yankees led the American League with the most come-from-behind wins that year. They also won the World Series that year, in a postseason that had a few blown saves by the opposition induced by Yankees hitting.

It is also reminiscent of the earlier Yankees teams, who year after year would play all nine innings and introduce some late-inning drama. Aaron Boone and Jim Leyritz will forever be Yankees heroes for their dramatic home runs.

However, understand that there is more to comeback wins than the excitement we feel watching the games, or the few extra notches in the W column. There is an indicator that something great lies beneath the surface. More than any individual statistic, it shows that this team has the mental fortitude to face hard challenges and respond with a fighting spirit and the skills to deliver. Every championship contender faces strong opposition, but the special ones rise above and overcome the opposition.

So fasten your seat belts, because I get the feeling that we are about to see something special from this team!



--Ike Dimitriadis, BYB Writer
Twitter: @KingAgamemnon
My blog is: Shots from Murderer's Row



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