I’ll take “Scott Proctor” for “closing,” Alex.
And, the “answer” was not “How will the Yankees blow this must win game that seemed to be in the bag?”
Wow. I’ll get back to that in a bit.
The bigger story tonight was Small Hobbs once again doing his Lucky Charm thing. The guy has made 15 appearances this year and is 10-0. Can it get any better than that?
And, congrats to A-Rod for becoming just the 3rd RH batter in Yankees history to have 120+ runs and 120+ RBI in the same season. The others? Joe DiMaggio and Ben Chapman. Now, there’s a trivia question for you.
Was Jason Giambi locked in at the plate in this series, or what? I just hope that he keeps it up in Fenway now. And, perhaps Sierra can muster up one big night tomorrow against Wells in Boston? (By the way, Big Rube, a bright red silk shirt and matching tie on the YES post-game? Way to mack there fella.) And, this is just a hunch, but, I’m calling a big series for Matsui this weekend. He often rises to the occasion on the big stage. This is the perfect set up for Godzilla.
Now, to the bad news: You have a six run lead in the 8th and you have to use Gordon and have Rivera up and tossing as well? That’s flat out sad. It’s almost as sad as watching Sturtze served up nightly these days – cooked ala’ Torre. It’s a crime what Torre has done to so many promising pen men over the years.
Back to Proctor, it was scary on a couple of levels to see him closing tonight. First, well, because he’s Scott Proctor. And, the second reason is because he started the Yankees big run this year with a surprisingly good spot start. I hate to think that a surprising good close-job might be the other bookend to frame this collection of stories on great Yankees wins.
Speaking of a couple of reasons, the Boston win tonight was bad for New York in two ways. First, it was a Boston win. And, second, it was the way that they won – with a run in the 8th and 9th both delivered from Big Papi. Giving those guys some steam is the last thing that you want to do before a big three-game set.
In any event, it’s clear what the Yankees need to do now – win two games in Boston to lock up the A.L. East. Or, at the least, win one to force a tie-breaker game on Monday in the Bronx. And, if the Yankees win none, it’s over.
Knowing this, I keep thinking back to the Kevin Millar mantra during the ALCS last year – “Don’t let us win one game.” And, I truly feel that this applies for this year as well. It will serve the Yankees well to win on Friday and have Big Unit win on Saturday – and not let the Red Sox move from the line of scrimmage, at all. But, that’s easier said than done, right?