The crowd said all there had to be said.
Meanwhile, the Yankees now lead the AL East by 6.5 games. In the long history of this franchise, they have never lost a lead of more than six games at any point of the season.
And before you break the internet asking, Phil Hughes was not available because had pitched in two consecutive games and four of the last five. Whether you agree with that or not — and I’m not sure I do given that he had thrown a grand total of eight pitches in the two previous days — you have to admire Joe Girardi’s willingness to stick by his standards.
People used to complain about Joe Torre abusing relievers. This is the price you pay, getting the Phil Cokes of the world in a big spot. Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira bailed their manager out tonight. Imagine the howls of protest had the Yankees lost this game.
But they did not. That’s 18 of 23 and an amazing 31 of 41.
That’s 13 of 14 at home and 18 of the last 21.
That’s 27 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2006 season.
And that’s it for now. Back later with some audio.