Here’s a new one. If you had to bestow due credit on the Yankees’ success over the past decade-plus to one person, whom would you choose? Joe Torre? Derek Jeter? Jeffrey Maier?
Nope. The answer is Conan O’Brien.
OK, we’ll bite.
A fellla over on Bleacher Report makes the case that the Brookline native has been tantamount to New York’s success since his TV debut in 1993. Observe:
Conan O'Brien is a life-long Red Sox fans [sic], all 6'8" of him. (If you reverse 6'8" to 8'6", you get 86, which is how long the Red Sox went without winning a World Series...I'm running out of eerie connections...)
Since Conan took over Late Night from David Letterman in 1993, the Yankees won 16 consecutive seasons over .500 (1993-2008), won six AL pennants ('96, '98, '99, '00, '01, and '03) and four World Championships ('96, '98-'00).
It was announced in 2004 that Conan would inherit the Tonight Show from Jay Leno...the same year the Red Sox overcame a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Yankees in the ALCS, and would go on to win their first title in since 1918. (O'Brien was the first person to be elected president of the Harvard Lampoon humor newspaper twice since 1918...)