?Stability. Nine Yankees took part in all three of the World Series encompassing the 12-game winning streak. Five Yankees appeared in each leg of the 1927 to '32 run.
? Mariano Rivera. He pitched in nine of the 12 victories, allowing one run in 13? innings. He was unscored on in 25? innings over the last two postseasons.
Perhaps the figure who looms largest over this Yankees run is manager Joe Torre, who is 35-10 in the postseason during his four years with the team. This much is certain about—if you will—Torre's Yankees: They're the greatest team since the advent of free agency in 1976. Beyond that, their postseason dominance rates among the very best of any era, though Yogi Berra offered a little perspective on that notion when he walked through the champagne-soaked New York clubhouse after Game 4.
Berra played on 10 world-championship teams, including a record five in a row from 1949 through '53. Neither that run nor the current one matched the Yankees' dominance from Game I of the '27 Series through Game I in '42, when New York went 33-4.
"Nice going," Berra said to this year's Yankees. "Now you only need to get seven or eight more rings to catch me."
Said New York pitcher David Cone with a laugh, "I was feeling pretty good about ourselves until Yogi said that."