Actually, tonight’s fans looked more like Nanook of the North, given the raw weather.
They braved the cold to watch CC harpoon the Angels and eat them for dinner.
On Fox’s pre-game show, Eric Karros described CC as a pitcher “who isn’t dominant but is a horse.” Um, Eric? Here’s his line from tonight’s 4-1 victory over the Angels:
If that isn’t dominant, I don’t know what is. But thanks for the laugh.
CC got some nice defense behind him, too – from a snazzy stop by Cano on Kendrick’s grounder in the seventh to this stretch by Tex on Hunter’s disputed bunt in the sixth.
Tex’s split not only reminded me of the move perfected by U.S. Open tennis player Kim Clisters…
…but his little snuggly cap with the ear flaps made me think of Elmer Fudd.
The offense was good enough to take advantage of the Angels’ sloppy play; hits by Jeter, Damon and Matsui, along with A-Rod’s sac fly and Melky’s walks got the job done against Lackey. Speaking of Big John, I did write in my post the other night that he tends to demonstrate his displeasure if his fielders don’t perform. He was at it again in this game. He departed in the sixth.
Not that I blame him for being frustrated. His team committed three errors, including one by Big John himself, and there was that hideous play in the first when Matsui’s pop up dropped between Figgins and Aybar for an “RBI single.” Talk about sloppy.
It’s always satisfying when your team is facing the “fundamentally sound” team and yet they’re the ones who end up looking like Little Leaguers.
When Girardi handed the ball to Mo in the ninth, I knew we had the game won, despite some funky calls by the ump.
It was only the first contest in this series, but what more could a Yankee fan ask for? We got a great performance by our ace, solid defense, opportunistic offense and a quick save by our closer. Obviously, my lucky turkey club sandwich worked again.