This Yankee team wasn't like recent Yankee teams. There was no surly clubhouse character like Kevin Brown or Randy Johnson. Instead, a guy like A.J. Burnett pied players after walk-off wins. Nick Swisher kept thing light and prepared a collage of positive headlines in his locker each day. Even Alex Rodriguez found a side of his personality no one thought existed - the quiet, team-first guy that stayed out of tabloid trouble. These Yankees still believed they could win, even with two outs in the ninth inning.
No, this was not your grandfather's Yankee team. They weren't stoic professionals all the time, but that's why they won. Oh... and maybe that $200 million payroll helped. You can remind Yankee fans about that, but that doesn't take away how special this year was to them.