During a small window in this game, I was actually feeling as if something was about to turn around this season for the Yankees.
It started when Jason Giambi (!) got a big base hit in the top of the 4th inning. And, it continued when The Big Unit, who has seemed more like The Big Godot this season – because we’ve been waiting so long to see him, looked like he was sending a signal that he was about to finally arrive.
Actually, for Johnson, it started in the 3rd inning. He gave up the HR to Cirillo, and then drilled the next batter, Jenkins, in the back. Right away, I wondered if this was 7/8/00 all over again – when Clemens decided to become nasty again and went up and in on Piazza and started to pitch like Clemens again.
Johnson struck out the next two batters in the 3rd and then was just as dominating in the 4th – hitting 100 and 101 MPH on the fast YES gun in the process.
But, in the top of the 5th, that “Lookin’ Good!” window closed just as quick as it opened. Based loaded and no outs. Posada whiff. Giambi DP. Inning over. No runs. Window closed. In fact, in many ways, it was Game Over.
I just hope it doesn’t mean Season Over too.