I have to submit that we should start calling Chien-Ming Wang “Obi Wang” from now on – because he is a Jedi Master of the Mound. I was floored during the 8th inning tonight when Kitty Kaat on YES shared that only 2 pitchers in the big leagues, so far this season, have more 1-2-3 innings pitched than Wang: Rocket and Pedro. Throw in that Chien-Ming joined the Yankees after the season started and this is even more amazing.
Obi Wang, indeed.
Speaking of amazing, what can you say about that Jeter play on Marcus Thames’ pop-up in the 7th? Throw a black jersey on Jeter, put a helmet on Cano with a star on it, and it’s Super Bowl X all over again – with Derek being Lynn Swann pulling in a 53-yarder in the 2nd Quarter (on Mark Washington). Luckily, no one was hurt there.
But, for me, what was most amazing tonight was Torre pulling Jason Albatross, er, I mean Giambi for a pinch-hitter in the 8th with a 2-run led. That, ladies and germs, was an eye-opener. Message to Jason: First they start pinch-hitting for you, and then next you’re a piney. Tick, tick, tick…….
I noticed a lot of smiles on the Yankees today early during the game. This is good. It would be even better if they can keep smiling after the next series too. Fingers crossed.