Last night seemed to belong on last year’s schedule. The Yankees haven’t had many emotional wins like that one this season, but last night had it all: Winning against two dominant pitchers, rallying in the late innings, chipping away until finally a big hit and of course the three straight outs against three great hitters by the great Mariano Rivera.
“We have not had as many walk-off wins this year, there’s no doubt about it,” Joe Girardi said. “But we still have 70 wins. The big thing is that you win games, but those walk-off wins can be great momentum builders.”
The Yankees got some production from the bottom of the order, and they got some huge hits from fill-in No. 3 hitter Marcus Thames. After a night like that, though, you can’t forget about Sergio Mitre and Kerry Wood. They never let the night get out of hand. It was very nearly out of hand, but as the Yankees cut the lead with a run here and two runs there, Mitre and Wood kept the Rangers from pulling away.
It was a big win — an emotional win — and I don’t remember the music ever playing louder in the clubhouse after the game.
“We are capable to do this and tonight we showed it,” Rivera said. “I have seen it for many years, not only this year or last year or the year before. We had the opportunity to chip in, chip in and in the end we scored two or three, and we were back in the game.”