I mean, what else do you say after that?
That was not the type of game that most teams win.
Then again, the Yankees aren't most teams.
There is a reason you play 27 outs of baseball. There is a reason you never give up, a reason you never give in. There is a reason the Yankees have 26 rings.
Originally, I was going to title this post 'D'oh-fence', but then the eighth inning happened...
Andy Pettitte was ugly tonight...far from what most Yankees fans expected. It was probably just one of those games, he wasn't sharp early, and from the very first batter he got not help whatsoever from the defense (especially from Giambi, who had one of his worst games defensively this year)
Veras was okay, Henn was awful, and Bruney--yes, THAT Bruney--was the unsung hero. Viz had a great showing, despite playing hurt, and Mo was, well, Mo.
Offensively, I think everyone except Damon, Jorge and Matsui would like to forget the first seven innings. Posada's doubles and Matsui's triples were overshadowed by the inability to 'get the big hit', and when the bases were left loaded in the first, it wasn't a good sign.
Still, baseball, like history, turns on a dime.
All it takes is one good pitch or one good hit.
Jason Giambi, the one who really needed to redeem himself, was, of course, the one to start it with a lead-off solo shot to make the score 7-3.
Then Robby Cano followed with another.
Then Melky got on base, and until after A-Rod came up with the Game Winning RBI, the merry-go-round just kept on going. Jeter continued to define clutch, and Abreu continued to show that as he goes, so go the Yankees.
They don't have to be pretty, they just have to be wins.
All it takes is a little faith. There are twenty-seven outs in baseball.
You play all of them.
Scores and Stuffs
Detroit beat Minnesota 4-2, Timo Perez driving in three of Detroit's four. I cannot imagine anyone on the Tigers enjoyed watching tonight's game in Boston.
The White Sox beat the Angels, 5-3. That's weird. Weirder? The Angels have now lost two in a row, to the O's and ChiSox, arguably the two worst teams in baseball. Weirdest? Jose Contreras got the win. No, I am not making that up.
Baltimore beat Toronto 6-2, as Toronto seems to be chronically unable to understand the concept of 'offense'. No matter Toronto fans, hockey season is almost upon us...
Cleveland beat Kansas City 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth, creating their own baseball classic.
Tampa and Seattle are tied at one in the bottom of the ninth, but as Seattle's got runners on the corners and no one out, don't expect it to stay that way for long.
Texas and Oakland are tied at nine. Check the line on that one, it's kind of funny.
In the division No One Wants to Win, (NOWW for short), the Cubs beat the Cardinals 5-3, and Ankiel did not have a home run, as he seems to have stopped doing that. Zambrano got his win, for his 16th.
Cincinnati beat Milwaukee 6-5, so don't even ask me who's in first in the NOWW division. I really don't know. I'll just look at the calendar on October first.
Philadelphia beat the Mets 3-2 in the tenth, their faint playoff hopes not going anywhere quite yet.
Atlanta beat Washington 8-5. Washington was probably just glad to play in a park where people actually showed up.
Florida beat Colorado 7-6, but it's not likely anyone was there to see it.
Pittsburgh beat Houston 4-3, and would you believe it, but the Pirates have a better record than the Astros. The Astros and ChiSox, mind you, actually played in the World Series in 2005. (They say there's no parity in baseball...)
San Francisco leads San Diego 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth, but San Diego's got two on and no one out, so this could get interesting quick.
LA leads Arizona 6-4 in the bottom of the fifth, and they're looking for more.
Friday, September 14, 2007