There’s some stories from this game. Finally reaching .500 again. Worm Killer Wang toughing it out. Abreu’s long blast in the first. Farnsworth continuing to struggle. Cairo flashing his leather at first. Beating a “brand name pitcher” in Webb, etc.
But, the biggest story for me from this contest is what happened before the game. Channel 9 had a camera on the Yankees dugout – where we got to see Johnny Damon go along the entire length of the bench, before the game, and do a special handshake with every player on the bench. We also saw Tony Pena teasing Miggy Cairo – not giving him a ball to use in the infield warm-up. Then we saw Andy Pettitte walk the bench, like Damon, doing “the fist” or a handshake, again, with everyone on the bench. Then Worm Killer came to the bench after his pre-game bullpen, and he too walked the bench doing special handshakes and/or fists with everyone on the bench – and also with some non-uniformed personnel outside the dugout near the on-deck circle.
There was a ton of energy and life on that bench before the game. And, there was that “swagger” that people talk about good teams having – - where they know they’re going to play a game and that they’re going to win that game.
Me likey. Me likey a lot.