I’m not sure I can sum up that game other than to report what Mariano Rivera told me on his way out the door.
“That would have been a very bad game to lose,” he said. “But it’s a great game to win.”
Or as Johnny Damon said: “Holy Cow.” Only he didn’t say cow.
Ugly as it was (423 pitches were thrown and 16 pitching changes made), it’s a win and the Yankees now have a magic number of four to clinch a playoff berth. It can go to three if the Tigers lose to the Royals. Detroit is down 5-3 at the moment.
The 10 pitchers used by the Yankees set a franchise record.
Melky Cabrera tied his career high with the five RBI.
Jorge Posada’s 41 doubles are a career high. He’s hitting .404 in September (23 of 57). Oh, and he’s a 36-year-old catcher.
A-Rod’s 137 runs are the most in the AL since Roberto Alomar scored 138 times for Cleveland in 1999.
Here is Joe Torre talking about it:
Thanks to everybody who hung in there during the game and posted their comments. It’s cool that so many people hang out here during games.