Hello from Los Angeles.
My friends Cory and Ann got engaged about a year ago, and their plans for an October wedding fit perfectly into the plans of a Triple-A beat writer living in Scranton. For a Yankees beat writer working out of New York, it was a bit problematic. I was wearing a tux when last night’s Game 2 went into extra innings and the reception ended just in time for me to see the winning run. So far, my Sunday has been spent traveling to California and getting fully caught up on another Yankees walk off.
In a few minutes, Sam and I will be on a conference call with Joe Girardi and Andy Pettitte. We’ll let you know all of the news that comes out of that conversation.
Until then, I’m thinking about the state of the Yankees when I left New York on Friday vs. the state of them when I got to California today. Being ahead 2-0 with the possibility of using C.C. Sabathia in Game 4 was obviously the Yankees best-case scenario, but it seemed really unlikely three days ago. At the very least it seemed one of those first two games would be significantly delayed, causing problems for the rotation. Or maybe a game would be cancelled altogether, leaving everyone to change schedules and adjust on the fly. Or maybe the Angels would have won a game or two, leaving the Yankees in a hole.
None of those things happened.
A seven-game series isn’t won or lost in the first two games, but the Yankees are in great shape. And in much better shape than they might have hoped for when the weekend started.