Former New York Yankee owner Colonel Jacob Ruppert once described his perfect day at Yankee Stadium: “It’s when the Yankees score eight runs in the first inning and then slowly pull away.”
Well, Colonel, here’s a perfect day plus one!
Great games for Abreu, Jeter, Matsui and Mussina.
Dotel, well, at this point I would not keep him on the post-season roster. The fact that Villone had to warm up in the 9th tonight was a crime – to which Dotel gets some credit and Torre gets the rest.
It was touching to see the hand that the fans gave Matsui in the first inning. But, more so, I want to talk about Matsui after the game right now.
During the post-game on YES, they had Matsui at his locker. Two things there caught my eye.
First, Godzilla was wearing a gray T-shirt with the Yankees logo on the front. And, behind the logo, in faint white pinstripes, was a huge # 27. Man, I want one of those shirts!
Secondly, in the top corner of Matsui’s locker I saw something very bizarre. It was an almost life-size photo cut-out of Don Zimmer’s head – and it was on one of those ice-cream pop sticks (like they use for faces on the ESPN show PTI). What was that all about? Don Zimmer has been off the Yankees for the last three years now. Very strange, indeed.
By the way, with his HBP tonight, Jeter is now the king in that stat for the Yankees. Congrats Derek, I think?