When it started to look like this was going to be a win for the Yankees, some lyrics from an old Nik Kershaw song, started to play in my head:
…Even if it was for just one day
And wouldn’t it be good if we could wish ourselves away
Wouldn’t it be good to be on your side
The grass is always greener over there
Wouldn’t it be good if we could live without a care
But, first I had to survive that scary top of the 7th before the music started to play. Related, who was the last sure-handed Yankees 2B anyway? Pat Kelly in 1993?
Anyway, even if it’s for just one day, it’s nice to have something positive happening in Yankeeland. At this stage, I’ll take it.
Lucky Charm Small comes through again – albeit with the assistance of some line-drive outs. And, it was fun to see the Yankees play pinball, with 2 outs in the 6th, off the Sox pen-bookend knuckle-draggers. And, kudos to Bernie for cracking 2,200 hits tonight. Only Gehrig, Ruth, Mantle and DiMaggio have more in pinstripes – simply amazing company.
OK, now, on to two gripes on this game. One on a player from each team.
First, Matt Lawton. My gosh, with the leather he is The Butcher of the Bronx in the OF. And, as a Yankee, he’s something like 4 for 34. Is there no one else that they can play instead of him? At this stage, I’d rather see Mike Vento out there.
Now, Jason Varitek – who I know is the patron saint for RSN. However, must he channel that Carlton Fisk “I invented this game” arrogance all the time? Man, he plays that too thick. It’s interesting that someone like A-Rod gets slammed for supposedly being a phony with the way that he resonates but no one ever says a word like that about Varitek.