And, at long last, for the second time, the Curse of Don Mattingly draws to a close.
I love Donnie Baseball as much as the next guy, but look at the team's success in the years he wasn't associated with the organization, beginning with the Babe Ruth era:
1921-1978: 22 World Series titles
1996-2003: 4 World Series titles
That's one championship every 2.54 years when Don Mattingly's not around. From 1979, the year Mattingly was drafted, until his retirement in 1995, and during his stint as a coach from 2004-2007, the Yankees won zero titles in 21 years.
In that light, I'm kind of happy Joe Girardi's our guy.