During the season, all of my days off come when the Yankees are home. I pick those days ahead of time, usually a few weeks in advance, and there’s always a chance I’m going to miss something significant. An injury. A pivotal game. A milestone achievement. Something might happen on a night I’m not working and I’ll regret missing it.
This week, I was off on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Did I miss something significant?
On Tuesday, the Yankees got another strong pitching performance out of Phil Hughes and won despite scoring only three runs. The offense wasn’t great, but the pitching staff picked up the slack, and that hasn’t happened very often this season. On Wednesday, Alex Rodriguez hit two home runs and the Yankees scored more than seven runs for the third time since that Boston comeback on April 21. The lineup finally had a big night, and it needed one of those.
But I’ve seen Hughes pitched well in the past. I’ve seen this pitching staff carry the team to a win, I’ve seen A-Rod go deep twice in a game and I’ve seen this offense score a bunch of runs. Whether those two games really meant something depends entirely on what happens next. It depends on this team truly turning a corner. If they didn’t, we’ll forget about those two games by the end of the weekend.
My question is this: As the Yankees begin their first West Coast trip of the year, did those two games change the way you feel about the direction this team is heading?
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