2005_09swilliams.jpgThe Yankees' season comes down to this final week. They are in a flat-footed tie with Boston for the AL East lead, and both teams are a half game behind the Cleveland Indians for the wild card. For the Yankees, it is the first time the last week of the regular season has mattered since 1995. For Yankee fans, it may be a bit too tense; for baseball, it's great.

The Yankees and Red Sox battle for the first time in a generation where the loser does not have the safety of the wild card. This could be the most significant race since the wild card made its debut ten years ago. Yankee fans are unsure enough of their team's chances that they cheered Bernie Williams throughout Sunday's game. Whatever happens, the Yankees will have played their most perplexing and exciting regular season in the Joe Torre era, adding spice and suspense to a process they had spoiled their fans by making appear so routine.

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