Just like Joe Torre has had two careers – 2,000+ hits as a player and now 2,000 wins as a manager – tonight seemed like two games for the Yankees: The first six innings and the last three this evening were two, separate, contests.
The first six innings were all-Mussina. By the way, how do you think Wil Nieves became Mike Mussina’s personal catcher? I think it went like this: Mike Mussina, noticing Wil Nieves never playing – hardly ever – and looking sad in the clubhouse, one day went up to manager Joe Torre and said “Nobody puts baby in a corner” as he pointed at Nieves. And, from that moment on, Wil became Mike’s personal catcher.
Anyway, that’s the way I like to think it went down. Hey, I’m a romantic, deep down, inside. Maybe at the end of the season, Mussina and Nieves can say they had the time of their lives (this year)?
Moving on to the last three innings today, that was a big hit by Abreu to break the tie…and, well, what can you say about A-Rod? If Reggie became “Mr. October” in New York, Alex is making a case to be called “Mr. Ninth” with what he’s doing this season.
Like I said, it seems like two games today – and they’re both good stories in Yankeeland.