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Marly RiveraESPN Writer
Marly Rivera is a writer for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com.
CLEVELAND — In this coronavirus-shortened season, dubbed by many a 60-game sprint, the New York Yankees are playing the long game.
The mantra of the Yankees has been very clear: World Series or bust. Therefore, when asked why all celebrations have been subdued, the answer has been the same, as uttered by Giancarlo Stanton: “We have not done anything yet.”
Albeit being used to popping champagne — the 27-time World Series champions are the winningest franchise in baseball — in 2019 they finished a calendar decade without an appearance in a World Series, an eternity for Yankees fans.
When the Yankees’ playoff run ended in Game 6 of the 2019 American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros, the same stage at which they were eliminated three years ago, All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge dubbed the season a failure. After their 6-4 loss to the Astros in October of last year, Judge unequivocally stated: “No matter how many games we won in the regular season, or what else we did, this season is a failure.”