You knew they were coming. The only question was when? Well, guess what: They’re heeeere. I present to you: the real New York Yankees [ya know, the ones that actually win]. The Yanks have finally turned up the heat, extending their winning streak today to 6 straight, giving all those who have been counting them out for the AL East and Wild Card a big “hey, not so fast.” The guy that got the win today for the Yanks: none other than the Magic Man, Mike “Moooose” Mussina [you know you love the alliteration]. Though everyone shouted “stick a fork in him, he’s done” when the Moose was on the mound just last year, the Stanford man managed to rediscover his ability to sit ’em down this season, which is exactly what he did today, throwing eight solid, shutout innings allowing just 6 hits, while striking out 7. No one, including the Moose himself, thought he’d have 13 wins with two months of play left to go. Amazing.
I don’t think anyone knew that Cano, when he finally found his stroke, would be this hot either. Though he didn’t drive in any of the 5 runs today, he produced another multi-hit game [his 6th straight, coinciding with the Yanks’ 6 game winning streak]. Though the entire offense seems to be on a roll since the All-Star break, in these last 6 games Cano has hit with a .538 avg. That is simply the definition of hot. Another guy that has been hitting a bit better as of late is the other half of the C&C boys, Melky Cabrera. His avg. for the last 6 games has been .333. However, in today’s game, the two guys that put 4 of the 5 runs on the board were A-Rod and Justin Christian. The rookie drove in the first two of the game with a double in the 5th, while MVP put two more on the board with a double in the 6th. All in all, it’s great to see this offense finally breathing again, especially before they head into Fenway to face the Red Sox in another three game battle for the AL East.
The pitching matchup for the first game is a beauty: Joba Chamberlain vs. Josh Beckett. The one right after it screams headline: Andy Pettitte vs. Tim Wakefield. Ahh, what a series it will be.
– I can’t help but think what Kay was saying about A-Rod as hilarious. The guy will likely be the future home run king… and he has trouble catching pop-ups. Oh, the irony.
– Was Perkins mad in the 5th or what? I believe his exact words to Casilla were: “What the **** is wrong with you? One out!”
– After going to the game last night I forgot to give my favorite Crowd Quotes:
#1: Guy behind me: “We need a ground ball double play here.”
Girl he was with: “What’s a ground ball?”
Guy behind me: ” A ball hit on the ground…”
[I swear she actually asked that]
#2: Announcement: “Now batting for the Twins #2, Denard Span.”
Guy sitting two seats to my left: “The guy’s last name is Spam?”
Ahh… Yankee Stadium.
– I don’t know if anyone else noticed this, but I thought it was funny. Right after Moose struck out Gomez in the 8th he did the whole turn-a-round, sort of “brush the shoulder, without brushing the shoulder” move that said: “Pff, I got this.”
– It seems that after going to the doctor they’ve found that Jorge’s shoulder has gotten worse… but get this: they are going to try rehabbing him for two weeks and then try to have him play only DH or 1B [despite the fact that after surgery, which he will need eventually, he will need 6 months of rehab, which would make it difficult for him to be ready for Spring Training / Opening Day next season if the Yanks keep holding it off]… wasn’t this the same guy that made a point of saying “I’m a catcher. I want to catch.” not too long ago?