• September 28th @ The Red Sox – Game 1

    Posted by on September 28th, 2008 · Comments (3)

    Congrats Moose!

    Mike Mussina finally gets that “20 Win” season.

    Way back when, I was a big Mike Mussina fan. I had him on my rotisserie teams in the 1990′s when he was with the Orioles. And, as such, I was pumped when the Yankees picked him up in 2001. And, I remained a fan of his…during his first three seasons in New York.

    But, then in 2004, I began to sour on Moose. In my mind, I saw him as a priss, a carpetbagger, and, worse, someone who was coasting until his free agent walk season in 2006. And, at the end of 2007, I thought that he was toast – and that the Yankees shouldn’t expect much from him this season.

    However, Mussina proved me wrong this year – in terms of his ability to still pitch. And, in reading “Living on the Black,” I gained some further insight towards Mike as a player. And, through all this, he won me over – back to where I was when he first joined the Yankees – and I was back in his corner. So, I’m thrilled that Moose was able to get this win today.

    Man, it looked close for a while – and kudos to Girardi for lifting Joba and then later bringing in Mo, early, to lock it down. And, of course, thanks to Jonathan Papelbon for taking all those tension out of this one with his performance as well.

    And, if this does turn out to be Mike Mussina’s final game, hey, there’s no better high-note to go out on. Attaboy Moose. Great job this season.

    Comments on September 28th @ The Red Sox – Game 1

    1. Tresh Fan
      September 28th, 2008 | 6:16 pm

      This one was a classic. I was glad to see that the Bosox didn’t lay back. They started their best pitcher, fielded their best line-up, and even brought in Papelbon—even though this game meant nothing to them. No one can say Moose’s 20th came cheaply.

    2. Joel
      September 28th, 2008 | 6:21 pm

      Wonderful for Moose!

      And Francona getting Papelbon “some work” with a 34 pitch inning in the rain–and the Yanks opening up the lead! Way to go!

    3. Raf
      September 28th, 2008 | 7:35 pm

      But, then in 2004, I began to sour on Moose. In my mind, I saw him as a priss, a carpetbagger, and, worse, someone who was coasting until his free agent walk season in 2006
      ———–
      What brought that on?

      FWIW, 04 was the first year that he started having injury problems…

      Anyway, it’s cool to see, after the season he had last year, that Moose is finally a 20-game winner :)

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