Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I’m settling into Connecticut for a day of turkey and pie with my sister and a few friends. Our hosts, Mandy and Todd, had their first baby a few months ago. My sister got engaged last month. You might have heard that I recently got a new job. There’s a lot to be thankful for in this house. I’m sure the same can be said around your table.
But this is a Yankees blog, and clearly the Yankees and their fans have plenty to be thankful for as well. Beyond the obvious – rings anyone? — here are four things the Yankees should be thankful for? Why four? Because five would have taken a bit longer and that turkey’s not going to cook itself.
• Mariano Rivera: There are so many great players on this Yankees team. The organization must be thankful for Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Andy Pettitte and all the rest, but when a team is three outs away from winning the World Series, only the guy on the mound seems to matter. Is there anyone you’d rather have in that situation?
• Brad Lidge: A lot of pitchers would have remembered to cover third base. Here’s to the guy who didn’t.
• Jesus Montero: Whatever his ultimate position — don’t give up him staying behind the plate just yet — the kid has one of the best bats in minor league baseball. And he doesn’t turn 20 for another three days.
• Whipped cream: Just when you thought a walk-off win couldn’t get any better, the Yankees added a creamy topping and made it perfectly delicious.