Yankees-Twins Game 2: The M&M Boys Are  Back!

Only they’re not these guys.
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And they’re actually the T&R Boys.
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But you get the idea. As in the Mantle and Maris era, Tex and A-Rod are a 3-4 duo that’s producing clutch hits in huge situations. That was certainly the case in tonight’s 4-3 victory over the Twins in 11 innings. Oh, what a game. It was such an emotional ride that I was sure I’d end up in a hospital bed suffering from sheer exhaustion.
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Where to begin? The game was like a thriller with three distinctly different acts.
Act 1: The No-Hitter
For the first four-plus innings, the Yankees couldn’t get a hit off Nick Blackburn. Nothing. I kept saying to my husband, “They picked one horrible time to have their bats go cold.” 
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AJ was holding his own, throwing scoreless inning after scoreless inning, although he walked five and battled his tendency to be a wild man.
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After the Twins scored a run in the top of the sixth, the Yankees came back with a run in the bottom of the inning when Jeter doubled and A-Rod knocked him in with a single. Suddenly, it was 1-1 – a whole new ball game.
Act 2: The Relievers
Joba and Coke took care of the Twins in the seventh. But in the eighth, Hughes wasn’t as dominant as he’s been and Mo didn’t pick him up.
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With the Twins ahead 3-1, Mo came back out for a relatively easy ninth, thanks to Swisher’s great catch of Young’s fly ball. In the bottom of the ninth, I was crouched on the floor and muttering to myself, “Somebody do something so we won’t lose this thing! Please!”
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That’s when the T&R Boys came to my rescue. Tex led off with a single and A-Rod hit a bomb to tie the score at 3-3 – another whole new ball game.
Act 3: Extra Innings
When Joe Nathan took the mound for the bottom of the 10th, I figured we were cooked. But Posada (no, he wasn’t off sulking in the clubhouse) singled. Gardner pinch ran for him, stole second and went to third on Nathan’s throwing error. Did he score the winning run? Nooo. He got doubled up on Damon’s liner. I was so frustrated I started yelling at my husband for no good reason.
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Marte took the ball in the top of the 11th and gave up singles to the two batters he faced. (Nice one, Damaso.) With only two guys left in the pen (I think), Girardi sent Robertson out to pitch. After allowing a leadoff single to load the bases, he managed to retire Young, Gomez and Harris and end the threat. My heart was pounding.
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As Tex stepped in to lead off the bottom of the 11th, I said on Twitter, “Please, Tex, put me out of my misery.” What happened? This.
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And then this.
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The Yankees won in walk-off style yet again, and I made up with my husband.
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The End


35 Comments

Jane,
First of all let me just say I LOVE your book and your blog. but this is my first time commenting since I am so hyped I can’t sleep! I was lucky enough to be at this game and let me tell you when A-Rod and Tex did their thing the stadium was ROCKING! There were so many amazing moments and I think I almost had a heart attactk about a gazillion times. I just kept praying, “Please God, let them win!”. I think Hughes will bounce back but I’m a little worried about Marte… if he can’t get lefties out, what is he good for? I hope we can see Mo in a save situation soon where he is most comfortable. Hopefully we can celebrate on Sunday and get the win against Pavano (which would be REALLY sweet). Go Yankees!

~D

Hey Jane, another amazing win by the Yanks! I had psychologically prepared myself for a loss in this game. Let’s face it, they are going to eventually lose some games in these playoffs and I thought this was one of them. Even the Yanks of the late 90’s lost a few. Those last few innings were a complete seesaw of emotions. Do not want to see Marte in any sort of pressure situation anymore and what was Gardner doing so far off third base with less than two out?! This last game to win is going to be hard, these Twins are much tougher than I expected. Love to crush Pavano to get it! Hope they don’t try to build him up as some kind of Cinderella story. He was a complete bum as a Yankee. Oh yeah, that Mauer foul ball was a ground rule double, but you still have to score with the bases loaded and no out. So, no sympathy from me.

Wow, I told my kids to represent me well at that game and they did a great job. Phone calls were frequent from the 6th inning on. My son discribed the atmosphere as “electric” starting in batting practice. His day started nicely when he met Ronan Tynan in the parking garage. He was delighted someone asked him to sign a ball. He is a real big man. From the 6th inning on my daughter said she had never been in a louder place in her life. They said Damon misplayed that fly ball badly. I am happy they got to experience a great playoff game. As I have been saying, confidence is high and that was so obvious last night. I can honestly say I never thought we would lose even when the bases were loaded with no outs. I like the effort A-Rod is putting into becoming a “real” Yankee. I am hoping to get to be at a game (I am feeling better) in the next series which looks like may include your west coast team. If you can get to a game out there we can do our work from both sides of the country. Confidence is high, confidence is high, confidence is high!

Great post Jane!! We all hate when playoff games come down to the wire, and it just so happens that this game was a little bit like the Tigers Twins game… man those Twins like to go into extras. : ) Tex surely showed NY that he is going to stay.

Ted
http://tribewithted.mlblogs.com/

Last night I felt like a character in that great baseball movie “Rookie of the Year.” “Oh my god, Oh my god, Oh my god, Oh my god, Oh my god.”
When ARod hit his home run, I yelled so hard, I hurt my throat. I couldn’t watch when the Twins were up, had to go upstairs and listen on the radio, and even that seemed like too much.
But when Teixeira was about to come to bat, I thought “I’d better go watch in case he hits a home run.”
I thought Jeter would get the pie, but that crazy play took it away from him.
I don’t want to hear people say “If Mauer’s ball had been ruled a double, the Twins would have scored.” If it had been called a double, we would have been in an alternate reality and you can’t predict what would have happened next.
I’m embarrassed to say that my behavior during the game was so bad, one of my sons left the room and watched the game elsewhere. Could it have been that he asked me earlier in the game about doubling a runner off, and when Gardner got out I screamed at him that it was his fault?
Luckily, he still loves me.
Melissa

Wow.

When A-Rod hit the HR, I pumped my fist and yelled, which made no sense since nobody else was in the room watching the game w/me.

Anyway, I CALLED THE PITCH TEX HIT THE HR ON!!! That’s right, I didn’t just call the HR, I called it right after the count reached 2-1 on TEx. Is that awesome or what?

This was an amazing game because the Yanks were outplayed on all facets of the ball and won anyway.

We are so good it’s scary.

Another great blog Jane! Teix is the man, and that home run last night was the start to his Yankee legacy. As for A-Rod…I know he’s been on the team since 04, but he officially became a Yankee last night with that home run. Like you said, we have the T&R boys!

Because I bet on a horse named Bubby Jane yesterday—-and won—-the Yankee stuff will be let pass without any tearing into Joe Girardi/Jorge Posada, et al. My gift to you.
http://www.paullebowitz.com/
http://princeofny.blogspot.com/

OMG Jane, I know that exciting games like this are what make baseball exciting, but I can’t handle it anymore this post season. Tex is the man — once again he does it all – offensively and defensively. And A-Rod — I hope all the haters are finallly over their negativity about him.

Speaking of negativity — at least twice from the 9th inning on I was sure the game was over, with our Yankees losing. But this team just won’t accept a loss. In all the games the Twins have played in the Bronx this year they were ahead at some point and the Yankees would not take a loss. That’s the way I like it.

The defense in general was a win for the Yankees and a loss for the Twins. And I think Molina is why A.J. was able to hold it together for his six innings.

I didn’t watch a second of the Boston/LA game but I have to say I’m surprised that the Sux couldn’t win one in LA. They play tonight in Boston – no rest for those two teams.

GO YANKEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bubbly Jane I meant.

I was real nervous after that double play liner…but when Tex stepped to the plate, I looked at my son and said, “Tex needs to pop one right here and end it!” And sure enough, bam! Nicely done :O)

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

Jane,
And that is why you rule the Blogsphere! I love reading your blog! What a game that was for the Yankees. I thought they were going to lose that one. And I know what you mean when you said “suffering from sheer exhaustion.” It did not hit me until the following day after I left work, how tired I was. But I am ready for more excitment today! I hope my Dodgers wrap it up tonight! I don’t want them to give Carp and Wainwright a second chance.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

Jane, Jane, Jane……One of the most exciting games I’ve ever been to. My heart has started again, but my voice is gone. Definitely one of the wildest roller coaster rides. Everyone talking about A-Rod and Tex, and rightly so – but let’s give some props to the play in the field. Swish-to-Jeter to tag the runner at 2nd saved a run – who know what would have happened? Tex’s 2 amazing plays in the top of the 11th – bases loaded, none out and THEY DO NOT SCORE. After I saw that, I said “It’s Tex’s night for a pie” -so glad I was right. Joe Nathan who?? Gardner on the bases is great to see – I thought he was a goner at 3rd but luckily the ball was on the wrong side of the plate. On the down side – Marte was not good and I wouldn’t be sorry to not see him again this year. Several pitchers got easy 1-2 outs, but couldn’t close the deal on the 3rd out. And what was up with that not-a-catch by Damon that resulted in a double- shouldn’t that have been Melky’s ball? I must confess that when Jorge came up the first time and hit that long fly to left center I thought it would have been sweet to see him get the homer. The old magic seems to be back for this team. Go Yankees!!!

Oh yeah – and a very gutsy performance by David Robertson…….

Jane: I couldn’t be prouder of my boys. That was the best game I have ever seen. I cried, I cheered, it was amazing. I loved it. Robertson really did an amazing job. So did Tex and Arod, and everyone else.
-Virginia
http://southernbelle.mlblogs.com

What a One, Two Punch. My goodness… this Post Season has been one for the ages. Can we possibly have a Dodgers vs. Yankees series. Please, Please, Please to the Baseball Gods!

Buz – http://buzblog.mlblogs.com/

You were THERE, wirishrose? Lucky, lucky you! It must have been crazy after A-Rod hit the HR and then Tex hit his in the 11th. I certainly hope it was just a blip for Hughes. He looked a little off. And Marte? Can’t say I have much faith in him. I almost wish Joe had put Bruney on the roster instead. (I said almost. HAHA.) I get very nervous if Mo comes in when it isn’t a save situation, but I understand wanting to put a stop to the damage right away and he’s the best man for that job. I’m so thrilled that you enjoyed the book and are having fun with the blog. Let’s do it on Sunday!

Len, you’re so right that we have to prepare ourselves for a loss one of these days. We aren’t going to win them all, but it’s so hard to contemplate. I don’t want to! LOL. I was so mad when Gardner was doubled up off third. Even if Thompson was sending him, he had to wait to see if Damon’s ball went through. Just a bad play there. Marte? I hear you. Tough call against the Twins on Mauer’s would-be double to left. The umpiring hasn’t been very good this entire season, in my opinion.

Glad you’re feeling better, John, but also glad your kids got to see the game of a lifetime. The atmosphere must have been electric. Damon misplayed that ball and maybe Melky should have called him off. I’d love to work both sides of the country if the Yanks play the Angels. You take the Bronx. I’ll take Anaheim!

The Twins are a very tough team, Ted. They don’t quit. They keep the pressure on. The Yanks had their hands full and still do with Sunday’s game at the Metrodome looming.

HAHAHAHA!!!! Hilarious story about your son leaving the room, Melissa! I can totally relate. Last night my husband and I ordered the exact same take out dinner that we had on Wednesday, to keep the lucky streak going. Only my turkey club sandwich came without bacon. I said to my husband, “If the Yankees lose, it’ll be because of the lack of bacon!” He thought I was insane but is so sweet that he offered to defrost the bacon we had in the freezer. LOL!

“Wow” is the perfect summary of that game, cheshirecat. Just WOW. (I guess OMG would work too!)

Good call on Tex’s homer, letsgoyankees. I wouldn’t say the Yanks were outplayed. I think the Twins didn’t capitalize on mistakes and the Yankees did.

When Tex stepped up to the plate to bat right handed, Brian, he just had that look that said, “I’m gonna pop one outta here.” His eyes got so big when he saw the pitch and he just nailed it. A thrilling moment for sure, as was A-Rod’s. Still recovering!

Thank you, Paul. I’m glad you’re not being a buzz kill today. Much appreciated.🙂

I’m with you, Diane. I don’t know how much more “excitement” I can take! That said, I don’t want it to end!!!!! I was so deflated when the Yanks were down 3-1. I, too, kept thinking we would lose. But this team keeps surprising us with their amazing comebacks and last night was no different. I was especially surprised that we got to Joe Nathan, who’s such a good closer. As for Sox-Angels, I think the Sox will win back at Fenway, but who knows?

So you called Tex’s homer too, Jenn? Good job! Can you keep it up and call for another one on Sunday? Especially if the Yanks are down by a run?

Your post and summary is wonderful. The T&R boys have done such a great job pulling off the Yankee win. All they have to do now is win at “the Dome” once and advance to the LCS. What a fun night.

Matthew Tang
http://matt7.mlblogs.com/

Jane…dare I let my heart pitter patter? I am so overwhelmed with affection for these boys, but I am scared to commit only to be disappointed again! Hopefully, Andy smacks Pavano around and I can breathe easier. I firmly believe that if they get to the ALCS, no one is going to stop them!

Emma, I woke up this morning feeling as if I’d been hit by a truck. Isn’t it crazy how much these games take out of us? I’m exhausted but happily so. Good luck to the Dodgers. It should be a great game in St. Louis.

I kept picturing you and Gayle at the game, ladyjane, and wishing I could be there too. I bet you’re hoarse today. Wow. And you’re so right about that Swisher-to-Jeter play. HUGE. I, too, thought it would have been cool if Jorge had hit that one out and gotten the pie from AJ. Very fitting. But he did contribute a single, and Molina seemed to keep AJ’s emotions in check (at least while he was on the mound) and it all had a happy ending. I wonder if Damon hurt himself when he banged into the wall misplaying that ball. Grrr. And Dave Robertson? Hero. Love that kid.

Amazing game, Virgina. And very emotional. Like you, I cried and cheered and all the rest. And were you happy that Cervelli got into the game? I bet you were.

I would’ve gone with the “T&A” boys. More fitting.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

I love them too, Serena. Just adore them! As Len said above, we’re bound to be disappointed at some point; they can’t win every single game, can they? But for now it’s such a great ride. I’m praying that despite the home crowd at the Metrodome, the Yanks will prevail thanks to a great performance by Andy.

Nothing would please me more than having a Yankees-Dodgers World Series, Buz. I’d be down at Dodger Stadium in a flash, although I’m sure it would be hard to get tix. Anyhow, we both have to get there first, so here’s hoping we do!

I would have gone with the T&A Boys too, Jeff, but I was afraid I’d have to explain it and MLBlogs would censor me!

I am just glad that you didn’t call them the T&A Boys! LOL! It was a great win, but we definitely have to thank the twins, Mystique and Aura, for this one. Mauer should have scored in the 11th, so the circumstances would have been much different when Teixeira came to bat in the bottom of the 11th. Fortunately for us, umpire Phil Cuzzi is a Yankees fan! 😉 There is nothing that I’d like better than to close out the series against the former American Idle on Sunday! Hopefully, we’ll see vintage Andy Pettitte and an advancement to the ALCS! Go Yankees!

Scott
http://fotr.mlblogs.com

How epic was this game?! It was absolutely intense. I’m with you on the near-hospitalization experience. I swear I thought I was having a stroke. What a relief to have those guys in our lineup, huh? Whew. I’m feeling more exhausted typing this – I’m still drained! Now on to Sunday and our new whipping boy Carl Pavano. Muahahahaha.

– Lisa
http://perennialpinstriper.mlblogs.com/

Thanks, Matthew. Glad you enjoyed the recap. The T&R Boys were pretty amazing, weren’t they? When they both hit in the clutch like they did last night, the team will be tough to beat. Fingers crossed for Andy at “The Dome.”

Yep, I guess Mystique and Aura did travel across the street, Scott. Those twins have been helping the Yankees all season long. And although Cuzzi made an atrocious call on that Mauer double, there’s no guarantee that it cost the Twins the game. It must have been very disappointing for them though. They must feel about the Yankees the way we feel about the Angels!

Jane great blog, I can not find any RANGER bloggers worth following. I will drop by your blog at times and give your Yankees a hard time, there will never be any malice involved. I eat sleep and live for baseball, the RANGERS just happen to be my favorite team and the Yankees just happen to be my least favorite team. I still think you should start a campaign to televise winter ball. again great blog!

Sorry there aren’t any Rangers bloggers you like, wetfeet. That’s a bummer. Actually, I was just thinking of your team as I was watching Padilla pitch for the Dodgers in their Game 3 with the Cardinals. He’s doing a great job so far.

I am watching Padilla, also thinking about his pitching for the RANGERS just waiting for someone to come up that has hit a homerun off him, to see if he snaps and plunks him. That happened once to many time in TEXAS. The last time it happend in TEXAS ,the next RANGER player MICHAEL YOUNG came up got hit and hurt. Padilla had been warned by management. Padilla pulled from the game and fired the next day. Good Pitcher just has a loose screw. Cost the RANGERS 8 million $ I believe was the figure. Nolan Ryan do’t put up with foolishness!

I remember the problems with Padilla, wetfeet. He kept hitting batters and his own teammates were not happy about it. I was surprised when the Dodgers picked him up. But he sure did a good job of keeping it together tonight.

Whoop… Whoop! : ) Congrats Doll… .!

Buz http://buzblog.mlblogs.com/

Thanks, Buz! So excited to be advancing to the ALCS for the first time since ’04. Whoop whoop is right!!!!!

Jane – I was at the Morristown Theater in Morristown, NJ on Friday night during Game 2 to see a Bernie Williams performance. The place was packed with Yankee fans, as you can imagine. You could see the lights from thousands of Blackberries following the game. Just as Bernie and his band played their final number, Tex hit the walk-off home run. What an ending!! The place went wild!! By the way, I have been a fan of Bernie’s music for a long time. Not only was he a graceful and extraordinary Yankee player, he is a very talented musician.

Wow, pmc. What a story! I’m picturing you in that theater listening to Bernie and seeing everybody on their BlackBerries! So funny. Bernie is a wonderful musician and I wish I could go to a concert. I also miss him as a player. I hope he’s in the Bronx for Game 1 of the ALCS. He’ll get a huge ovation as usual.

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