Personally, I’d hate to have somebody drench me with iced cold champagne. I’d rather drink it than wear it.
But whatever makes the Yankees happy makes me happy too, and did they ever look happy after Mo recorded the final out in their 4-1 victory over the Twins.
Despite the sweep, tonight’s game was just as nerve-wracking as the others. I mean, did I expect a tense pitcher’s duel between Pettitte and Pavano? No. And yet there they were, going toe to toe for six shutout innings.
Mauer’s RBI single put the Twins up 1-0, but A-Rod (the Yankees’ new Mr. Clutch) tied the score with a solo shot and Jorge pulled the Yanks ahead with one of his own. Suddenly, we were into the pens.
Hughes was on the mound in the eighth when Nick Punto committed a baserunning gaffe and Jeter made another one of his dazzling, intangible, where-did-that-come-from plays. I couldn’t believe it when he threw home and Jorge threw to third and they nabbed Punto. It was almost as much fun to watch as Derek’s famous flip play, although the one below isn’t bad either.
I have to say I was surprised to see how shaky Joe Nathan was in this series. He’s one of the best closers in baseball, and yet the Yankees got to him again tonight. But in the end, this game was about Andy Pettitte.
He went six-plus, gave up a measly one run on three hits with seven K’s and a walk, and tied John Smoltz for a record 15 postseason wins. And to think the Yankees almost didn’t sign him this year. What would we have done without him, especially with Wang going down and Joba under-performing? There would have been a lot of this on the team, that’s what.
And A-Rod. Seriously. Six RBIs in the ALDS? He’s been the exact opposite of this.
So now it’s on to the ALCS and a meet-up with the Angels. Is it possible to look forward to something and dread it at the same time? They’re a great team, but I think the Yankees have finally figured out how to beat them. What’s more, we’ve been knocking off teams in red uniforms a lot lately. I say bring it, Halos.