Despite dealing with injuries all season long, the Yankees overcame that adversity and won their 19th AL East title on Thursday night after a 9-1 win over the Angels. It's the team's first division title since 2012, and gives them back-to-back 100-win seasons.
Star players like Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Gary Sanchez and many others have all been injured and had to miss games at one point this season.
"Lot of ups and downs this year, lot of guys battling through things," Judge said. "We're just happy to be in here, happy to be in this moment."
Catcher Austin Romine credited the team's cohesiveness as their way of overcoming adversity this season.
"This team has gone through so much adversity throughout the year, there's nowhere to go but together," Romine said. "Next guys steps up, gets the job done, we aren't afraid to pass the baton to the next guy... I think we were put in good spots by guys stepping, guys who were ready for their time, guys who are ready for their shot, and they took advantage of it.
As the veteran of the team, Brett Gardner is one of the few Yankees to have experienced a division title in the past. He gave the younger players credit for stepping up all season long as part of the "Next Man Up" motto.
"The experience that some of these young guys have gained in the last couple of years will help us, not just throughout this season, but into the playoffs," Gardner said. "Everybody has done a great job of stepping up when they're needed and doing their job."
It was the first division title that Didi Gregorius has been a part since joining the Yankees in 2015.
"Even though we are missing a lot of players, it shows you the heart is really big and we never want to give up," Gregorius said. "We always have the mentality 'never give up' and 'next man up', there's a bunch of stuff that we always talk about, try to help each other go forward."