Watched the last few innings of the game today and came away impressed with Hideki Matsui.
When he pinch hit in the 8th inning, Matsui grounded to the pitcher but ran hard to first. As a result, perhaps, J.J. Putz fumbled around with the throw after making a diving stop. That led to an error and a run scoring.
When Robinson Cano’s sacrifice fly scored the tying run, Matsui was paying attention and tagged up from first on Ichiro. By getting to second, he was in position to score when Jose Molina’s double fell in.
Matsui is not very fast. But he’s one of the smartest players in the game. Meanwhile, the guy sits at his locker after every game with enough ice on his knees to chill a case of Rolling Rock. Sprinting to second is probably not his idea of holiday weekend fun.
Today was the first late-inning comeback for the Yankees all season and should serve as the impetus for more of the same.
Now that they’re playing well, they’re also in position to do some serious damage. Check out the schedule coming up:
at Baltimore (3)
at Minnesota (3)
at Oakland (3)
at Houston (3)
at Pittsburgh (3)
By the time they head to Shea Stadiium on June 27, the Yankees could be closing in on being 10 games over .500. You get the sense now that the train is coming.