The first six and a half innings of this contest, for a Yankees fan, were a dream. Ian Kennedy was cruising along. The Yankees bats were looking good. Tampa trailed New York by a score of 7-2. It looked like a cakewalk Yankees victory.
Me and my T.V. were just chilling out, and enjoying it all – or, so, I thought. Then came the bottom of the seventh….
Jason Bartlett smacks one off Kennedy, literally. “Noooooooo!” I scream at the T.V.
Billy Traber comes in and allows some hits and runs. But, it’s still 7-4 in favor of New York. Then, Brian Bruney comes in and allows a two-run homer to B.J. Upton. It’s now a one-run game. “Oh, please, no!” I plead to the T.V.
Next, Bruney allows another homer to Evan Longoria. Again, I scream out to the T.V. “Nooooooooooo!” It’s a tie game, at seven.
We need a hero – and here comes Robinson Cano. Boom! A pinch-hit homer in the Yankees’ eighth to give New York the lead again, 8-7. “Sweeeeeeeet! I say out-loud, wondering if the T.V. wants me to shut-up at this point.
But, we’re still not done. Joe Girardi allows Brian Bruney to come out for the eighth. My T.V. should have expected it by now…and I let out another “Nooooooooo!
Jason Bartlett just misses one off Bruney. “Ugh!” is all I can muster – not even caring if my T.V. cares or not at this point.
Here comes Mo to nail it down…done. It’s a “W.” There’s just one missing piece….
There it is: Ian Kennedy, in the YES post-game saying that he’s fine, that he’ll probably be somewhat sore, but, the ball from Bartlett’s bat did not cause serious injury. “Whew! That’s a relief!,” I think to myself…knowing by now that the T.V. really doesn’t care about this like I do.
Fine, T.V. – be that way. The blog cares. The blog gets it. Don’tcha blog?