I was having a pretty good testosterone night here – for a while. In addition to watching the Yankees game, with Joba Chamberlain and Jose Veras pitching well, Gladiator was on one HBO channel and 300 was on another HBO channel. I was clicking back and forth between the three programs, enjoying the macho evening, and not even allowing the Yankees lack of offense in this contest bother me all that much.
And, then, came the bottom of the ninth inning. Talk about going from fight to flight mode in a heartbeat. I would rather walk through a heavily furnished room that I’ve never been in before, at night, in the pitch-black dark, with my shoes off, than have Kyle Farnsworth attempt to close out a 2-1 game for me.
But, some things are even more powerful than the suckitude of Mr. Farnsworth – namely the bad baseball being played lately by the Houston Astros (who have now lost 12 of their last 15 games). After a failed sac-bunt attempt and a costly caught stealing, one of many on the night for Houston, all of a sudden you had a situation where it would be hard for even the Bizarro Mo Rivera, #48 in your Yankees program, to fail. Bingo. The Yankees are now two games over .500 for the first time in a long time.
Now, here’s a fun stat for you. Since July of 1996, only twice have the Yankees won a game on the road by a score of 2-1 where Mariano Rivera did not get the save: August 21, 2006 and this game tonight. How about that?