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Sunday, September 19, 2004
Updated: March 29, 12:36 PM ET
George Steinbrenner guarantees Yankee success


George Steinbrenner

If the New York Yankees don't win the World Series in 2006, their fourth longest streak ever of not winning a championship will extend to six years. In the modern era, the Yankees have gone 22 years (1901-1923), 18 years (1978-1996) and 15 years (1962-77) between World Series titles. Six years between titles is an eternity to a team that has won 26 World Series titles and 39 AL pennants in 45 playoff appearances.

No wonder owner George Steinbrenner's patience is running thin. With a payroll that borders the value of some smaller franchises, The Boss expects a title every year. With a drought reaching half-a-decade, Steinbrenner's frustrations are boiling over, which is why he guaranteed a World Series title this year.

What They're Saying
Jerry Crasnick: "Best case: Randy Johnson and Mike Mussina pitch productively for old geezers, and Carl Pavano and Jaret Wright get out of the trainer's room and begin justifying their salaries. Johnny Damon upgrades baseball's most potent lineup, and the Yankees lead the majors in runs on their way to 100 victories and an American League East title."
March 27, 2006
The best and the worst of times

Eric Neel: "Pitching wins championships, George. Pitching wins championships. Check the game log on the White Sox run. Note that four-for-four march to the sea in the ALCS. Is this crew capable of something like that? Is this crew going to be intact come October?"
March 6, 2006
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George Steinbrenner: "We're going to win it this year. We're going after it."
Feb. 22, 2006
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Peter Gammons: "So a lot of people other than the transplanted New Yorkers here care about their spring training team. And, even with the small sample known as pitchers and catchers, what they see is a 2006 Yankees team with reasons for some optimism."
Feb. 19, 2006
Yankees need vintage Big Unit