After 30 games, the Yankees' record was 11-19, leaving them nine games out of first place in the American League East. Two of the five starting pitchers who would finish the season weren't members of the team in April -- or May or June. The New York Yankees were in trouble.
Or so everyone thought.
Despite a rash of injuries to the pitching staff and suffering recurring bouts of inconsistency, the Yankees clinched their eighth consecutive AL East title with an 8-4 victory against the Red Sox on Saturday.
Yankees fans will get a chance to join in the revelry Monday, Oct. 3, when the team throws a Rally Monday celebration at New York's Bryant Park, located between 40th and 42nd Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues in Manhattan.
The Rally Monday celebration will feature several former Yankees, including Jim Leyritz, Graig Nettles and Mickey Rivers. Yankee broadcasters John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman will also attend. WFAN will emcee the event, which will begin at noon ET and last until 1 p.m. Rally Monday is free, open to the public and will take place rain or shine.
The Yankees' playoff run begins Tuesday at 8 p.m., when they will face either the Los Angeles Angels or Cleveland Indians. If the Yankees lose Sunday and the Angels win, Los Angeles would have home-field advantage. In any other scenario, the Yankees would open at home.
Among active streaks, the Yankees' eight straight division titles are surpassed only by the Braves, who clinched their 14th consecutive title Tuesday night.
Directions to Rally Monday:
Take the F, V, B or D trains to the 42nd Street/Bryant Park station OR Take the 7 train to the 5th Ave. station.
NOTE: There are several parking garages in the vicinity. For more information, visit: http://www.bryantpark.org/hours-directions_parking.php
Ben Couch is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.