- They go from barely making the playoffs to winning the Division and then having the best record in the AL thanks to the Rangers' collapse.
- They end up in an AL field with the Tigers, Orioles, A's and Rangers. If you're a Yankee fan or fan of any other team really, do any of those teams scare you going into the playoffs? NOPE.
- Then the Orioles do the Yankees a favor by seemingly beating the only team capable of beating them.
- Then you see the typical and expected Yankee magic start happening in the series with the Orioles, most famously a pinch hit HR to tie a game and then the same guy wins it in extra innings with a grand slam. Paaahlease, that stuff doesn't happen to other franchises but once in a century but stuff like that happens for the Yankees a few times a decade, at least.