Fresh off their 27th World Series championship, Forbes magazine named the Yankees as the most valuable team brand in sports on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.
According to Forbes, the Yankees brand is now worth $328 million (21 percent of their $1.6 billion total team value), supplanting English soccer team Manchester United’s value of $285 million (16 percent of their $1.835 billion value). Man U were ranked as the No. 1 brand in 2009.
The list is largely dominated by soccer teams, but as far as American pro sports franchises, you’ll also find the Cowboys (No. 4), the Red Sox (No. 8), the Mets (No. 9) and the Patriots (No. 10). You can view a slideshow of the entire top 10 on the Forbes website. My question? Where are the Long Island Ducks!?
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: