Last night was an emotional one in the Bronx, as the Yankees remembered legendary owner George Steinbrenner. The club’s tribute to The Boss came from everywhere, writes Sam Borden — be it on the walkway outside the Stadium, from players like Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera or the display of colors on the field, or in a moment of silence so quiet you could hear the subway rattle on by.
The game was won 5-4 by the Yankees thanks to one of Steinbrenner’s fellow Buckeyes, Nick Swisher, whose bat provided the tying and winning runs in the dramatic comeback. Swisher’s RBI single in the ninth scored Curtis Granderson with the winning run and earned him a well-deserved pie to the face from today’s starter A.J. Burnett. Rivera retired the side in the ninth to earn his third win.
Prior to the game, Joe Girardi defended himself for not using Alex Rodriguez as a pinch runner in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s All-Star Game. He tried to lay to rest the notion that A-Rod has any kind of thumb injury. The notes also include Jeter saying players did not know Bob Sheppard’s funeral was held on Thursday until after it was over, plus updates on Sergio Mitre, Alfredo Aceves and Nick Johnson.