I spent the afternoon before this game enjoying the boardwalk down in Point Pleasant (N.J.) with my family. While there, I noticed many Yankees fans – including several wearing Yankees uniform tops or navy T-Shirts with players names and numbers on the back. I saw a mother wearing a “Mark Teixeira” while her son wore a “Robinson Cano.” I noticed a guy about my age sporting a “Paul O’Neill.” At another point, I was on the “Starship 3000” – which, by the way, will really shift your internal organs around and then some – and I saw an Asian kid wearing a “Hideki Matsui.” And, I saw several people donning “Joba Chamberlain” shirts.
You could really feel “Yankee” pride out there today – at the eve of this game. And, myself, I must confess, I was a bit amped up for this one like it was a playoff game or something. How nice it was…finally…to see it end in a win…against the Red Sox. It’s been so long…that I forgot how good it feels to beat Boston.
Although, in the early innings, when Jorge Posada pulled a Jeremy Giambi and the Sox were launching homers into Trost’s Terrace, it felt like a little air was let out from the Yankees fandom hope-balloon. But, then came that long bottom of the fourth – let’s call it the “Hey, John Smoltz, it’s time to retire and go play golf with Tom Glavine” frame – and it was party time. Melky Cabrera’s blast started the music and Jorge Posada’s long homer to center popped the cork on the champagne…
…all that was left was to get five innings in the books, in case it rained, and to keep the lucky charms going to ensure the Red Sox didn’t take advantage of the fact that there was still a half-game left to be played…and comeback to make it close.
How about Joba Chamberlain in this one? Clearly, a team full of patient batters combined with a hitter’s umpire behind the plate is a bad mix for ol’ Joba, huh?
In any event, Anthony Claggett’s bloated Yankees ERA aside, it’s a good win for the Yankees…as it means they will finish this series still in first place…and they’ve finally hung an “L” on the Bosox this season.
Of course, Friday’s game brings Josh Beckett for the Sox…and he’s not the same as facing a 1,000-year old John Smoltz and Billy Traber. So, we in Yankeeland might be singing a different tune at the end of August 7th. But, that’s a ways away…for now…so, who cares?
The first place Yankees just beat the Boston Red Sox. We haven’t been able to say that in August, in Yankeeland, since 2006. Let’s just enjoy that and worry about Beckett when that game starts…