Tonight’s 3-2 victory over the Blue Jays was a beautiful thing with everyone’s chakras aligned in perfect harmony. I have no idea what I’m talking about, but peace, love and om.
* It was great to win a back-to-back series against a division rival.
* It was great to rebound after being handcuffed by Halladay on Tuesday.
* It was great to witness Damon tying the Yankees’ record for consecutive games with extra-base hits, previously held by Mattingly and O’Neill.
* It was great to watch another sparkling performance by CC, who gave us eight innings of two-run ball and always seemed to make the right pitch when he needed to.
(Did anyone else gasp when Hill hit that hard liner right at CC’s face in the first inning? I was sure he’d end up like this.)
* It was great to see Gardner throw out Barajas in the fifth. Nice tag by Cervelli too.
* It was great to have Jeter and Matsui back in the lineup, making important contributions.
* It was great to stand up and cheer while Mo did his thing in the ninth, even though I was by myself and no one could hear me.
Rolen: ground out
OK, I’ll stop with all the “greats.” What was really cool about the game was the way the veterans and rookies worked together as a team.
There was timely hitting/good pitching/crisp defense by both the old guard…
…and the newbies.
If the Yankees keep this up, they could make things pretty interesting, not to mention stick it to those who’ve already written them off.
For example, I got an email today from an editor at a publishing house who passed on a Yankees-related book proposal my agent submitted. The editor’s reason? “The Yankees are struggling, the A-Rod debacle is ongoing, Mark Teixeira is hitting .191,” she wrote in the email. “I can’t see this being a season that fans will want to read about.”
Oh, really? Did the Yankees not get off to a miserable start in 2007 and make the playoffs anyway? Since when do April and May determine what will happen in September and October? And why would anyone underestimate the Yankees – ever?
Yes, I’m biased, but I’m hardly the only one.
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