No surprise that the fake WWE championship belt was in CC Sabathia’s locker tonight – even though the final was 9-1, most of the game was a tight pitcher’s duel and Sabathia delivered the goods. He came off the mound following the seventh planning to go back out for the eighth, but the 27-minute bottom of the inning (and the game turning into a rout) gave the Yankees a chance to rest him and get Brian Bruney back into action.
Afterward, Sabathia said was told his night was over after Johnny Damon’s RBI single. Could he have finished the game? “Absolutely,” he said. “It definitely felt good not to have to, though.”
A-Rod also received plenty of postgame kudos for his fourth homer in as many days. Although Rodriguez doesn’t have a lot of hits since coming off the DL, the power is certainly there: Five of his seven hits since being activated have been homers.
“I think he’s having fun,” Joe Girardi said. “Most of the credit goes to his work ethic.”
Girardi then was asked if he thinks A-Rod is 100 % healthy yet. His answer was telling. “Is he going to get better?” Girardi said. “I think so. I really do.”
After dealing with stories about steroids, his marriage and everything else, Rodriguez is just appreciating being able to talk about just playing well. “When you’re winning games,” he said, “there’s a lot of good stories to write.”
Great job by everyone in the comments tonight. I’m headed home. Check back tomorrow for another morning holiday celebration as the Yankees try to make it eight straight.