Well, it wasn’t the best end to a homestand ever but I’d say the Yankees have to be pleased with their 8-2 run here. Should they have won today? I certainly thought they were going to, especially after they rallied off Lidge in the ninth, but Mark Teixeira’s double-play with two on and none out in the 10th was a killer. Here’s what Teixeira said:
“It’s just one of those things. He’s a good sinkerball pitcher and that’s what he was trying to do, he was trying to get me to hit a double play. (He) got to 3-2 and he didn’t give me anything up in the zone to hit and it happens.”
Brett Gardner said he apologized to CC Sabathia for not catching the Jimmy Rollins liner in the third. “I just told him I was sorry I didn’t catch it,” he said. “I probably should have caught the ball or kept it in front of me. … If I didn’t think I could catch it, I wouldn’t have dived for it. As it turned out, it was really the difference in the ballgame.’
Sabathia, though, said he had no problem with Gardner’s decision to dive. “I’d rahter have him out there diving around than letting balls bounce in front of him,” Sabathia said.
Lastly, since I know some of you wanted Johnny Damon to run over Carlos Ruiz at the plate, here’s Damon’s comment on the decision to try to score as well his slide: “Cole Hamels is a good pitcher when you have chances, you have to take them. Ruiz had quite a series. … Back in the day, I might have tried to run into him or something … but my body doens’t cooperate like it used to.”
It’s worth noting that Damon had an ice pack on his shoulder, as he often does, at the time. Having run into a stocky guy wearing armor probably isn’t a good idea.
Anyway, that’s it from the Stadium. Yanks head to Texas and I’m heading to the city for dinner with my wife. Pete will be back from furlough at midnight tonight – I’m sure he’ll post right away since he surely misses you all – and things will return to normal.
Thanks to everyone for participating this week. The mailbag was fun, the comments were fun and we saw some pretty interesting baseball. I hope you enjoyed a slightly different take on the Yankees (as well as celebrating all the holidays with me), and I look forward to hearing from you guys as the season goes forward. Have a great rest of the weekend!