Yankees win the 2012 World Series!

April, 3, 2012
4/03/12
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The Yankees won the World Series for the 28th time in franchise history on Monday night.

A tickertape parade announcement will be coming shortly.

Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte now have six rings each, while Joe Girardi -- fresh off his second championship as Yankees manager -- will be changing his uniform number to 29 for the 2013 season.

Sadly for Yankees fans, Rivera and Pettitte both announced their retirement following the team’s champagne-filled locker room celebration -- and for Pettitte, this time it’s for good.

Confused?

No worries. You’re not alone.

We just told you the Yankees have already captured the 2012 Fall Classic -- and it’s only April 2. Opening Day (we can still call it that in spite of those two A’s-Mariners regular season games in Japan, right?) is still three days away.

But there’s a method to our madness -- and it involves the national champion Kentucky Wildcats. (Kentucky beat Kansas, 67-59, on Monday night).

You see, ever since 1949, every time Kentucky has won it all, so have the Yankees.

1949: Check.

1951: Check.

1958: Check

1978: Check

1996: Check

1998: Check

2012: ?????

We know, we know. Nothing is set in stone. But seriously, why worry over Michael Pineda's health when you have history on your side?

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.77 141 136
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146