Ichiro going 0 for 3 had nothing to do with being hbp in his FOURTH AB (and it was hardly intentional; some fans stupidly suggest somehow that Hernandez didn't want to pitch to him, which in that game situation was totally bogus, as if his measly 20+ game streak was somehow challenging a record of consequence). Also, going 0 for 1 in a PH role is enough to kill a streak, even if it's a SF. Ichiro hardly was "robbed," esp. as the extra inning situation gave him an extra AB. As I recall, he had a pretty quiet series, too, not just that one game. I'm still not convinced he won't be another Hideki Irabu, either, or a slightly better version thereof, who doesn't have the stamina to sustain his productivility for 162 games.
Never said my team was unbeatable, just that they may not be all that inferior to the Mariners (as some rabid fans suggest), and come October, they have shown the ability to put together good runs as in the last 3 years, including having beat the Mariners in the playoffs. (Do recall the example of the Braves having the best regular seasons and usually NOT winning the WS; didn't the Giants take that honor last year? Sorry but I can see Sasaki as hittable and pulling some Mark Wohlers theatrics.) In short, the Yanks are the WS champs till someone knocks them off. They showed some weaknesses vs. the A's last year, but there was no knock-out punch, be it luck or survivalibility.
On that regard, they don't owe me spit; I've enjoyed this run greatly since '96 (even if Sandy Alomar sent us home in '97) and recognize that I may never have such good fortune again (I like the Giants, not the 49ers). I survived the Donnie years without a title, so if/when they ultimately don't win, I can deal with it.