I had an interesting/strange dream last night. The Yankees were playing the A’s in the ALDS and were down, two games to none. It was the top of the 9th inning in Game 3, at Oakland, where the A’s were leading the Yanks, 2-1, with two outs and no one on base.
Yup. We’re talking post-season death’s door here. New York down to its last out of the year.
However, Derek Jeter was up and he singled to reach base.
Lance Berkman was the next batter. (Yeah, don’t ask me why. I know he’s not on the team now. But, dreams cannot be controlled, right?) Berkman hit a sharp worm-killing grounder right at the A’s first baseman. It should have been an easy three-unassisted out at first, to close the game and give the A’s a sweep in the ALDS. However, the ball hit the first baseman squarely on his right spike – he was a left-handed thrower, for what it’s worth – and then it violently ricocheted towards the shortstop position, scooting past the Oakland shortstop, to his left, and into left field.
Jeter was running on the play and made it to third, easily. And, Berkman, somehow, sneaked into second, by a whisper, giving New York the tying run on third and the potential winning run on second, also in scoring position, albeit with two outs.
Mark Teixeira was up next and promptly banged the first pitch for a hit. It was a liner over the third baseman’s head. Jeter scored easily and Berkman also came around to score, giving the Yankees a 3-2 lead.
I don’t remember how the Yankees inning ended, if I even dreamt that part at all. But, the next thing I remember was Mariano Rivera closing out the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Yankees the win.
As non-Angelina Jolie dreams go, I have to say, it was pretty damn exciting. (Don’t ask me how the ALDS ended, I didn’t dream that part.) The whole thing had a 2001 ALDS Game 3 feel to it, for sure.
In any event, what better segue to say: May all your holiday dreams come true this season! Have a great one.