In some ways, it seemed fitting that the first playoff hit by a Yankee – and the first home run – at the new Stadium would come from Derek Jeter. The Yankees captain added to his reputation as an October performer by reaching base all four times up tonight as the Yanks took a 1-0 series lead.
“That’s Derek Jeter this time of year,” Joe Girardi said.
It is. Jeter has hit safely in 38 of his last 46 postseason games, including 16 multi-hit games. His homer was his 18th in the playoffs, tying him for third on the all-time list with Mickey Mantle and Reggie Jackson. Decent company, no?
“I think this is the fun time of year,” Jeter said. “It’s not taking anything away from the regular season, but this this is when you like to play as a player.”
There’s no denying that Alex Rodriguez and CC Sabathia had important games tonight, both of them improving on poor playoff track records. But none of it would have mattered much if not for Jeter – the guy who always seems to be there in the games that matter most.
That’s it for me tonight. Chad will have a wrap-up post but let me just say this: over 2,000 comments and well over 100,000 page views on the blog tonight shows just how committed you all are to this team and it’s pretty incredible. Thanks for watching along with us.