The early deficit. The big at-bats by the young guys. The home run off the lefty. The two innings from the closer. There are almost too many moments to choose from in this game.
“I don’t even remember last year having a win like this,” Alex Rodriguez said. “That was quite a miracle.”
It’s hard to be shocked by Robinson Cano these days, but George Sherrill had owned him until that 10th inning home run. Cano was 0-for-11 against him, but he hit the second pitch he saw for a two-run home run.
“You see a ball like that hit to left-center by a left-handed hitter, it looked like a right-handed power hitter hitting,” Rodriguez said. “It was awesome.”
Here’s Girardi’s postgame. The quality’s not great, but it’ll have to work.
• Joe Girardi said he doesn’t want to make this a habit, but after the ninth inning, he went to Mariano Rivera and asked for honesty. “He said, ‘If you are ready to go back, don’t lie, be truthful,'” Rivera said. “I said, ‘I’m ready.’” Of course he was.
• Great at-bats by Chad Huffman and Colin Curtis in the ninth. Huffman had the better result — a two-run single — but Curtis might have had the better at-bat, fighting through 10 pitches from one of the better closers in the game.
• Truthfully, the most amazing thing might have been that Huffman got to first base and stood next to James Loney, his old high school teammate from Missouri City, Texas. How often does that happen in the big leagues? “Since we were kids in Pony ball actually,” Huffman said. “High school, winning state championships together. It was fun to see him out there at first base. It’s something I’ve been hoping to do for a long time. He wasn’t too, too happy with me.”
• Girardi said there were no communication break downs in the third inning, Andy Pettitte just didn’t make good throws. Pettitte said he was kicking himself because he was sure he had cost the Yankees the series. “For a guy that’s been throwing strikes all year long, been painting,” Girardi said. “He didn’t hit his spots.”
• Hard to say what the right play would have been on the Curtis ground out. “It happened so fast,” Girardi said. “To me it looked like it was right on top of the bag. I really believe if he makes a good throw – and he’s very, very accurate – he’s out. It was a chance and it didn’t work.” Curtis said he was worried out of the box that Loney would go to second base to try to start a double play. “He stepped on the base and wheeled home and the ball almost took my head off,” Curtis said.
• Rodriguez on his pregame conversation and hug with Joe Torre: “I thought it was important for me to go over there. I thought it was the mature thing to do. I thought it was important not to let things linger and to build on what I’ve started to build on here the past two years here.”
• Just for good measure, Pettitte talking one more time about Rivera: “You can’t compare Mo to anybody else. Mo’s the best. Mo’s the greatest there is. You can’t even say enough about Mariano. Mariano is in a league of his own. No one can compare to him the way that mentally and with the command that he goes out there with almost every single night.”
Associated Press photos of Cano, Posada and Pettitte.