I’ll be at the game tomorrow. So, that means I’ll be devoting eight hours of my day towards the Yankees – allowing time for getting there, seeing the game, and getting back home. Related, I had to get a lot of personal/family stuff done today to make up for the time I’ll be MIA in Yankeeland tomorrow – which meant I was only able to peek in at this game as time allowed.
I did get to see part of the pre-game coverage on YES – and saw that General Joe had a plan to make Joba throw a fake first inning in the pen before the game. And, I caught the score later in the game and saw that it was 3-2, Yanks, in the 5th. So, it appears, that Girardi’s plan helped Chamberlain – to some extent – today. Good.
Later, my family and I were in the car, and I turned on the radio, just as Mark Teixeira got that clutch, two-out, hit to tie the score at four in the 8th inning. At that point, I figured that the pen had a hand in allowing the Twins to go ahead in this one – and I found out later that it was Jose Veras. No shocker there*. We stayed with the game, on the car radio, through the bottom of the 9th inning.
Eventually, we left the car and entered the restaurant (where we were headed). It seemed like that only took minutes. But, as we were waiting to be seated, I noticed a TV in the bar, in the front of the restaurant – and it had the game on there. At this point, Mo was in his second frame – and it was the top of the 10th inning, no outs, and the Twins had runners on first and second. Yikes! However, Rivera got out of it by the time we were directed to our table. Whew.
I was able to angle myself at our table so that I could see another TV in the bar, over a three-quarter wall that separated our dining area and the lounge, if I cranked my head all the way to the left. I took a glance at one point and saw Alfredo Aceves pitching in the 11th inning. And, the very next time I looked at the game, I saw Teixeira rounding third with A-Rod right behind him – and realized that Rodriguez had blasted a walk-off. Cool.
Funny game. Alex will be the hero, more than likely, in the eye of many. But, really this game was all about Mark Teixiera. Four for four, with a walk, a big 3-run homer, a clutch hit in the 8th, and the walk in the 11th…
It was just a few days ago, on May 4th, where I said it would be nice to see Teixeira have a game like the one that Jason Giambi had…back in 2002…where the ‘Big G’ lost his Yankee-new-guy-cherry. And, now, today, in this game, which missed being the seven year anniversary of that Giambi game – also against the Twins – by one day, Tex gets the job done. Nice.
I hope the Yankees have saved something for tomorrow. I’m oh’fer two this year so far in terms of being there for regular season games to see wins. (And, both games were Sabathia starts – go figure!) It would be nice to finally see a win, in person, in the new Stadium…