Yes, the Twins were tired. Let me get that out of the way right now. But here’s the story of tonight’s game: the Yankees just wouldn’t follow the script that their detractors have been peddling for months.
“CC Sabathia can’t pitch in the postseason.”
He gave up two runs (one earned) over six-plus innings, struck out eight and issued zero walks for the victory. Just a miserable outing, wasn’t it?
“Jeter’s too old for any more postseason heroics.”
He got the Yankees’ first hit of the game, drove in their first runs with a homer to tie the score at 2-2 in the third, and was on base four times. Oh, he’s old all right.
“Nick Swisher is a useless party boy.”
He doubled in the fourth to put the Yankees up 3-2. Big, big hit. The opposite of useless.
“A-Rod is a postseason choker.”
He knocked in two runs with RBI singles in the fifth and seventh – both with two outs. He also made a couple of sparking plays at third. I guess the only ones choking are those who didn’t watch him hit in the clutch this year.
“Matsui and his bad knees are ready for the glue factory.”
He smacked a two-run homer in the fifth to give the Yanks a comfy 6-2 lead. Maybe there’s life in those knees after all.
“Joba Chamberlain is too messed up by the Joba Rules to tie his own shoes.”
Even I was thinking it might be true. But he trotted to the mound in the eighth, following terrific relief performances by Hughes and Coke, and retired Young on two pitches. The crowd roared. He’s just fine.
“Mo is bound to fall apart one of these days.”
He didn’t set the Twins down in order in the ninth, but he got Harris and Tolbert to strike out. That’s not exactly falling apart, is it?
“The new Yankee Stadium is a bandbox where anyone can hit a cheap homer.”
The Yankees did have two, but how come the Twins didn’t hit any – especially with the swirling wind conditions?
“You can’t buy a championship, She-Fan.”
No, you can’t. And one ALDS win is hardly proof of anything. But I’m extremely grateful that I root for a team that can afford the likes of CC Sabathia. I’d rather have him over this…
OK, forget the last item. I bought it this morning, because my old one died, and had it installed just in time to watch the game. It’s mounted on the wall in my living room, and it’s now my “lucky TV.” I really hope it does its thing again on Friday so I don’t have to return it.