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The 2006 season ended up being sorta weird for the New York Yankees.

As usual, the club was loaded offensively. The Opening Day lineup was absurd: Johnny Damon, Derek Jeter, Gary Sheffield, Alex Rodriguez, Jason Giambi, Hideki Matsui, Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams and Robinson Cano. All off-field considerations aside, there are maybe four Hall of Famers there. Just absurd.

The pitching, though … well, let’s just say the absences of Andy Pettitte and his flame-throwing buddy Roger Clemens were felt. The Yankee rotation was led by Chien-Ming Wang, a pseudo-ace who generated plenty of ground balls but nearly no strikeouts.