The Yankees still can’t believe they won that game.
“You never assume, but that’s about as close as you can to the game being over,” Derek Jeter said. “It’s one of those things that happens. You can see that play 1,000 more times and it’ll never happen again.”
Said Mariano Rivera: “That’s baseball, anything is possible. But I have seen a lot of baseball and I have never seen that.”
A-Rod was 1 for 17 against K-Rod in his career, counting the postseason. So it made sense for Jerry Manuel to walk red-hot Mark Teixeira to put the winning run on base. It made even more sense when Alex undercut a 3-1 fastball. A-Rod flung his bat in disgust.
Then the Yankees won. Luis Castillo will spend his life remembering that play.
As for Mo, Girardi said he was willing to use him in the eighth inning today to protect a tie because Beltran was up. But he was not willing to use him the night before in the eighth inning to protect a lead?
Managers really need to forget about roles on certain occasions and just use their best guys when they are needed, period. But will take somebody to have success doing that for others to follow. Most mangers are just too afraid to take chances and open themselves up for criticism.
That’s 21 come from behind wins for the Yankees and 12 wins in their final at-bat.
As one wise-guy e-mailer put it, A.J. Burnett should have given Castillo a pie.
Have to share this: Joba’s son, 3-year-old Karter, was in the clubhouse after the game watching as a few of us spoke to his dad about his dreadful start.
“Daddy,” Karter interrupted. “You didn’t throw strikes.”
“He knows me,” Joba said. “Pretty scary, huh?”
It was a very cute scene. Then as I walked out, Joe Girardi was taking his son Dante to hit in the cage. The Yankees should have juice boxes in the post-game spread.
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