Bodley: Yanks simply outperformed Phils
Defending champions dethroned by superior team
NEW YORK -- As the clock approached Wednesday midnight, Shane Victorino grounded out weakly to second base and the Phillies' magical touch in the baseball universe ended. Their gold turned to lead. After 372 days, they're no longer champions.
The relentless Yankees, with all their swagger and money and talent, won the 2009 World Series, their 27th championship.They crushed the Phillies, 7-3, in the decisive sixth game, triggering a boisterous party at new Yankee Stadium that lasted well into the wee hours of Thursday. The Phillies, trying to become the first National League champion since the 1975-76 Cincinnati Reds to win back-to-back titles, were lacking against a superior team. In this best-of-seven tournament, the Yankees pitched better, hit better and made the big play more often than the losers.
CHAMPS NO MORE
Hal Bodley is the senior correspondent for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.