A few facts and figures first:
The game lasted 4 hours and 43 minutes. That’s two minutes short of the nine-inning record set last Aug. 18 by – who else? – the Red Sox and Yankees. “We were five minutes away from being able to use Joba,” Joe Torre said.
A-Rod now has 141 RBI, the most for a Yankee since Tino Martinez had 141 in 1997. Rodriguez said the win was the biggest of the year. “It feels like we stole something,” he said.
The Yankees have won five straight against Boston and eight of 10.
Mariano Rivera’s last 9 outings: 10 4 0 0 2 11.
The Yankees have played 147 games. Jorge Posada, their catcher, is hitting .339.
Torre, who was furious with Brian Bruney in Kansas City, gave him the lineup card after the game. His four outs were huge.
Now this …
According to Torre and several players, Derek Jeter told the infielders in the sixth inning during a pitching change that the Yankees would win the game.
“I donâ€™t always say that but I felt that way,â€? he said. â€œWe had missed a lot of opportunities before.”
We’ll give the last word to Torre:
“It wasnâ€™t one of our better efforts but it sure was a great result for us. We never gave up the fact that we could win.”
Thanks for hanging in tonight and all those comments. Come back tomorrow for more.