I saw about 15 minutes of yesterday’s game. I watched two or three minutes of the early innings, then I got home from Barnes and Noble — had to finally buy the new Ra Ra Riot album — just in time for the ninth inning, the walk-off homer and the whipped cream pie that seemed to get more of Kim Jones than Nick Swisher. Sorry Kim, but I laughed quite a bit.
This off day would feel a lot different if not for that moment.
I believe it was actually Kim who I was talking to before the first game of the home stand. I said at the time the Yankees needed to win seven of 10, and that’s exactly what they did. It left the Yankees with a 2.5-game lead in the division, a little bit of breathing room before they begin a tough last three weeks of the season.
Joe Girardi called that a home run “a big swing,” and it certainly was.
Now the Yankees can head to Texas with reason to be upbeat. Four days ago they had won eight straight, but when they hit a three-game slide, it nearly disrupted everything. Even CC Sabathia no longer looked unbeatable. Yesterday’s first eight innings must have been brutal — one inning away from being swept by the Orioles at home? really? – but the Yankees ultimately walked off with a win and a pie.
The season is going to be decided in these final weeks, something we probably could have predicted in April. Much better to start this stretch on a high note rather than a deafening thud.
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