If someone from outer-space landed on earth and they wanted to see an example of what baseball was…and you showed them this game as an example of what it’s all about, I wouldn’t have a problem with your selection. Somewhat of a pitcher’s duel, crisp game – just about two and a half hours, some good plays, packed house, good electricity, etc.
Don’t get me wrong – the Yankees were far from perfect in this game. There were some key runners left on – like the Damon lead-off triple in the 8th. And, actually, Halladay out pitched Wang. If not for the short fence in right on Melky’s homer and the play where Hill missed the potential double-play grounder from Matsui, then Halladay wins this game. And, Wang was helped out by his defense more than a few times tonight. (Was it just me, or, did Jeter look more rangy this evening?)
Still, it’s a good win for the Yanks. That’s now 11 home-openers in a row. Amazing.
Just two small gripes to close with…It’s just not the same with Jim Hall. I really do miss Bob. And, Joba has to tone it down with his reaction on the mound. That celebration he did tonight after closing out the 8th was just too much.