Catching up with the 2009 Yankees a decade later, telling stories you've never heard.
With a mix of homegrown talent and All-Star signings, the 2009 Yankees were constructed to create history. With the previous season's failed playoff bid still as fresh as the paint job on the new Yankee Stadium, a 27th championship flag represented both the floor and the ceiling in the eyes of a squad.
It was the last title for the "Core Four" — Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, and Andy Pettitte — who would each retire over the course of the next five years. It would be the lone title for Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, A.J. Burnett, and Nick Swisher, each of whom saw memorable peaks and valleys during their time in the Bronx.
For CC Sabathia and Brett Gardner, it was their first (and to date, only) championship, though the veterans were still in pinstripes as the latest generation of Yankees arrived for what they hope will be the next dynasty.
Co-authored by Bryan Hoch and Mark Feinsand, both of whom were on the Yankees beat in 2009, "Mission 27" is a thoroughly reported examination of that unforgettable year, packed with interviews with the full cast of key players, team executives, broadcasters, and more.
With a paperback edition that includes three new chapters covering the 2018 season and the emergence of young stars like Miguel Andujar, Gleyber Torres and Luke Voit, "The Baby Bombers" is a comprehensive account of how Derek Jeter's Yankees became Aaron Judge's Yankees.
Advance praise for "The Baby Bombers"
“Putting on the Yankees pinstripes took a lot of work, but it has been a dream come true. I wouldn’t want anyone telling that story other than Bryan Hoch. From day one, he has asked the right questions to get to the heart of the story.”
― Aaron Judge, 2017 American League Rookie of the Year
“The Baby Bombers is right in the wheelhouse of a Yankees fan: a fast, fun read about the team’s rebuilding and rise.”
― Tom Verducci, senior baseball writer for Sports Illustrated and Emmy Award-winning on-air sports analyst
“The Baby Bombers is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand who these new Yankees are, and where they are going.”
― Ken Rosenthal, baseball writer and columnist for The Athletic, Emmy Award-winning field reporter for MLB Network and FOX Sports
“I am so happy that Bryan Hoch is telling the story of the Baby Bombers, a story that I was lucky enough to witness up close and personal for the first few chapters. Bryan is in the Yankee clubhouse every day and understands the highs and lows of a young baseball player becoming a star. Even better, he understands the science and art of scouting, development, and front-office strategy.”
― from the Foreword by Mark Teixeira, ESPN baseball analyst, New York Yankees 2009-2016, 2009 World Series Champion