Well, Jimmy, you were right once again. The Yankees are the team the Phillies must beat to repeat.
The Bronx Bombers finished with baseball's best record in the regular season (103-59) and have steamrolled through the postseason, just as many predicted. Now the Yankees will meet the Phillies in the World Series.
More than pride is at stake. It's "How U' Doin?" vs. "Yo!" It's pizza vs. cheesesteaks. It's Broadway vs. Broad Street. It's the Statue of Liberty vs. the Liberty Bell. It's anything. It's everything. And it all starts Wednesday night with Game 1 in the Bronx.
But before you begin debating which team will be singing along with Sinatra when it's all said and done, here are 20 things on the Yankees:
1. After missing the postseason for the first time in 13 years, the Yankees spent approximately $420 million to bring CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Mark Teixeira to Gotham. According to Forbes magazine, 16 of the 30 MLB teams are worth less than what the Yankees paid for that trio alone.
2. Move over Mr. October, here comes A-Rod. Alex Rodriguez has carried the Yankees during the postseason, hitting .438 with five homers and 12 RBI.
3. A-Rod's turnaround is even more remarkable considering the following: Before the 2009 playoffs, he was hitting .136 in his last 56 postseason at-bats.
4. Captain Clutch. Mr. November. Call Derek Jeter whatever you want. His career average in the Fall Classic is .302 with three homers.
5. Yankees pitching has been stellar throughout the postseason with an earned run average of under 1.90.
6. The Bombers used the $1.5 billion bandbox in the Bronx to their advantage, belting a team-record 244 homers (136 at Yankee Stadium), tops in the majors during the regular season.
7. He might be large, but Sabathia has been in charge all year. He tied for the MLB lead in wins (19) during the regular season and has been next to unhittable in the postseason (3-0, 1.19 ERA).
8. A.J. Burnett leads the majors in walkoff whipped-cream towel slams to the face. He's landed 17 throughout the regular and postseasons.
9. Having the best regular-season record hardly guarantees a world title. The team with the best regular-season record has not won the World Series since the 1998 Yankees, who were 114-48.
10. The Yankees and Phillies last met in the World Series in 1950. You best fugghedaboudit. The Yankees swept.
11. The Yankees' annual payroll of $206 million, tops in the majors, is $78 million more than the Phillies' payroll.
12. The Yankees went 13-15 with A-Rod out of the lineup. Once he came back, they finished 90-44.
13. The franchise was not christened the "New York Yankees" until 1913, meaning the Philadelphia Phillies franchise is technically 30 years older (1883).
14. Mariano Rivera is regarded as the most dominant postseason closer for a reason (8-1, 37 saves, 0.77 ERA).
15. The Yankees led baseball with 915 runs during the regular season, not to mention 51 comeback wins, also tops in the majors.
16. Andy Pettitte is baseball's all-time leader in postseason starts (38) and wins (16).
17. The Yankees were 6 1/2 games out of first place in the American League East on May 12. They ended up winning the division by eight.
18. Yankees manager Joe Girardi wears No. 27 for one reason. The Bronx Bombers have won 26 world championships. They're one away from matching the number on his uniform.
19. The Yankees won the World Series in 1923, the first year at the old Yankee Stadium. Of course, this year is the first year at the new Yankee Stadium.
20. Cliff Lee faced Sabathia in the first regular-season game played at new Yankee Stadium, giving up one run over six innings in a 10-2 Indians victory on April 16. Sabathia went 5 2/3, allowing one run before the bullpen imploded. *