September 16, 2005
Long, Long, Time Now
Outside of the wacky standings of 1981, the last time the Yankees were this close to 1st place (within 1.5 games) while actually not being in first on September 16th of a season was 1964.
On 9/16/64, the Yankees were a 1/2 game back of both the White Sox and O's - who were tied for first.
The Yankees ended-up winning that year, finishing 1 game over the O's and 2 over the White Sox. However, it wasn't really that close over the full final three weeks of the year. The Yankees took sole possession of 1st on 9/19 - and eventually had a 4 game cushion - only to let it whittle down in the season's final days.
I'd could live with the same thing happening this season.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at September 16, 2005 10:07 AM
Being 4 up on the Sox with 3 to go at Fenway sounds good to me too.
Posted by: Bozo at September 16, 2005 10:33 AM