Well, on Thursday, Torre promised the team that they would have a pitcher for the game on Sunday, and he did not lie. I have to confess, there was something warm about seeing a LHP on the mound for the Yankees, wearing #19. And, 2005 season stats to date be damned, Leiter came through for the Yanks tonight. In fact, the pitcher that I saw tonight was the same pitcher that I saw in Game 5 of the 2000 World Series – the one with a ton of heart. When Al whiffed Millar to end the 6th, I jumped out of my chair and pumped out a left jab followed by a right uppercut. Leiter was that inspiring today.
After seeing good pitcher, after good pitcher, come to the Yankees, and then suck, only to leave New York and then pitch well again elsewhere, it’s nice to see someone once good, after sucking somewhere else, come to the Yankees and throw a good game.
All things considered – the standings, the Yankees pitching situation, it being the Sox in Fenway, Wakefield, the snuffed rally in the bottom of the 9th – this just may be the biggest win of the season, to date, for the Yankees.
Kudos to Sheffield, A-Rod, and Mo for their performances in this series. It’s nice to see guys step up in, what Big Rube calls, “the clutch time.”
Lastly, nice shot by ESPN of Wells, Manny, and Damon in the 9th, sitting in the dugout together, after the Ramirez homerun. That was a Mensa Meeting in the Bizzaro World.