Hey all, Sam here, back among the internet-capable — hope you all enjoyed your Memorial Day Saturday. I was outside – which was good – but meant I didn’t catch much of the game. I was, however, near a TV for Alex’s blast and the subsequent Cano/Melky heroics.
A-Rod had a good quote in the postgame scrum, saying, “Right now, I’m probably the happiest .200 hitter in baseball.” Considering that he has only 11 hits this season but eight are homers, he’s probably right. And, to be fair, you’d have to say his shot in the ninth inning today was as much a “new Stadium homer” as any of the others but then again, if the Yankees are going to be victimized by those sometimes, they might as well reap the rewards, too.
As I was driving home, I was thinking about the insanity of this homestand. I’m not nearly enough of a historian to know where this one ranks in history, but I’d have to think it’s among the most exciting the Yankees have been involved in. Consider this day-by-day:
May 15 vs MIN: Brett Gardner hits inside-the-park home run and ninth-inning triple, then scores winning run on Melky Cabrera’s two-run walkoff single.
May 16 vs MIN: A-Rod gets his first hit at new Yankee Stadium with game-winning two-run homer in the 11th inning.
May 17 vs MIN: Johnny Damon gives Yankees third-straight game-ending hit with 10th-inning home run to win it. Yankees clubhouse chefs put rush order on more whipped cream.
May 18 vs MIN: Mark Teixeira homers from both sides of the plate and the Yankees reverse their magic, scoring six in the first inning instead of rallying late.
May 19 vs BAL: A-Rod and Teixeira homer again and Yanks score seven runs in the seventh inning to turn a tight game into a laugher.
May 20 vs BAL: Yankees hit three homers in a row in the second inning and blast Baltimore to back Phil Hughes. As games on this homestand go, a pretty boring night.
May 21 vs BAL: Joba Chamberlain goes down two batters into the game after being hit by a comebacker, but the Yankees bullpen doesn’t break and they win again, their ninth in a row.
May 22 vs PHI: Jimmy Rollins homers on the very first pitch of the game and the Yankees don’t recover, finally losing.
May 23 vs PHI: Back to old reliable – the walkoff. Down two in the ninth, A-Rod hits a two-run homer to tie it; Melky Cabrera drives in Robinson Cano with the winner moments later.
So, to sum up: That’s nine games, eight wins, four walkoffs. Oh, and by the way, the pitching match-up for today’s homestand finale is CC Sabathia vs. Cole Hamels. Not a bad stretch of baseball, right?
I’ll be out at the Stadium tomorrow for that match-up. Since I’m sure there’s a late report time for the players, don’t look for the lineup too early but check in all afternoon for plenty of live blogging.