It was Alex Rodriguez who said what everyone was thinking last night: “Whoever would have thought Greg Golson would make a great play in the middle of a great pennant race?”
There was a lot to be said for The Catch and The Home Run — never thought Curtis Granderson would get there, never doubted Jorge Posada was leaving the yard — but there was something about the The Throw that made it the most buzzworthy play of last night’s very buzzworthy Yankees win.
“Just a loud, Yes!” Golson said. “Everyone running out to right field, that usually doesn’t happen. They usually don’t run out to right field.”
Last out of the inning, against perhaps the fastest runner in the game, by a guy with 20 games in the big leagues. It was one of those moments, and everyone seemed to be talking about it.
Alex Rodriguez: “Tricky pickup but just an incredible throw. He caught the ball throw flat-footed. I honestly thought he had no chance because he caught it with his momentum going back to right field. It was straight as an arrow. I long tossed with him about a week ago and I could tell he just had a cannon.”
Curtis Granderson: “It all happened prior to that. When Brett Gardner came out there to warm up in the bottom of that inning, he wanted a couple of extra throws. When he normally throws with the guy on the line, he ended up making some throws with Golson. I’m sitting there watching the ball go back and forth thinking, man, Goly’s got a really good arm. Sure enough he ends up getting a ball where he’s got a play.”
Jorge Posada: “We knew he had a good arm so he showed it. I couldn’t believe he was running there to tell you the truth. He would have scored on a base hit. He is that quick. He doesn’t need to get to third base to score really.”
Mariano Rivera: “That was a perfect throw. Short bounce. On target. Won the game.”
Joe Girardi: “Perfect throw and an unbelievable tag by Alex because it’s a short hop and it’s bang-bang. Just a great way to end the game.”
Joe Maddon: “I always tell our guys to take positive risks. If that ball hits him and bounds off of him right there, all of a sudden we score another run. When you’re facing Rivera, you do take chances versus Rivera because he dod not give up many hits, so I was fine with the play. Golson made a great throw. That was a fabulous throw that he made, so we’ll just move on until tomorrow.
Greg Golson: “I heard a faint Granderson, ‘He’s tagging, he’s tagging, he’s tagging!” But I didn’t think he was going to be going… I was just worried about catching it. I had a little bit of trouble yesterday with the first blooper, and that was all I was worried about. When I caught it, I looked up and he was running, so I just tried to put a good throw on the bag.”
Here’s Golson’s postgame audio.