Evil Empire Advances

The Yankees are back in the World Series for the first time since 2003 and all the mindless analysis has begun trying to explain why their “drought” is over.

The theories include these gems:

- There’s a different vibe in the clubhouse because A.J. Burnett pies guys in the face, Nick Swisher has elaborate handshakes and Joe Girardi has loosened up and isn’t quite as snippy with the media after losses.

- Hank Steinbrenner, the loose cannon, has stepped aside for younger brother Hal, the button down businessman, and the players responded with renewed focus.

- Kate Hudson is the MVP because she has introduced ARod to Buddhism and now he can get a big hit.

The drought is over because Alex Rodriguez has been incredible in the playoffs, CC Sabathia has been dominant, and Mariano Rivera has been, well, Mariano Rivera. Good for them. They should be. ARod is the highest-paid position player, CC is tops among starting pitchers, and Rivera’s salary dwarfs all other relievers.

As for the rest of the team, which is still loaded with talent that is significantly superior to just about every other team, if enough players simply match their typical regular season prowess, they are going to win.

Don’t make things more complicated than they are.

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