Ah, the playoffs have finally arrived. The New York Yankees begin October against the Cleveland Indians tonight (6:30 p.m., WTBS) in Cuyahoga County on the banks of the Ohio River, and with the advent of the postseason comes the usual circus of questions that surrounds America’s most talked about team.
Will Alex Rodriguez shrink under the pressure like the Mets in September? Or will he continue the Superman impression he has done all year long? Will the 37-year-old Marian Rivera continue his run as the most dominant postseason pitcher of all-time? Or will he look like a 37-year-old closer, the one who blew two saves the last week of the season? And what will Derek Jeter do to wow us this time?
We should begin to get answers tonight. The Yankees beat the Indians all six times the two teams faced off this season, but none of that matters now. Tonight, they must deal with Cy Young Award contender C.C. Sabathia, who they have yet to face this year. So will the Yankees move toward their first championship in seven years or will the $200 million team eat a big serving of C.C. Sabathia’s humble pie? Stay tuned.