Wow. Half of me wants to dance around, jump up and down, and scream “Huge win!” Yet, the other half of me wants to exhale, long and hard, and let loose with “Holy smokes, that was close!”
Why? Well, both statements would be true here, no? The win in this one means a lot to the Yankees. The loss hurts the Rays. And, it was a toe-to-toe, seesaw, blow-for-blow, nail biting, squeaker of a game.
Outstanding job in this one by Logan, Robertson and Rivera. Dare we say Lo-Robe-Mo?
Javy Vazquez? I dunno. I never felt comfortable watching him in this one. And, come post-season time, if he gets a start, I think something like tonight might be his high-mark…six and a third, four runs. (That’s an ERA of 5.69, for those who can’t do the math. And, that’s not good.)
Lastly, what can you say about Robbie Cano? O.K., I’ll say it – he’s been outstanding with the bat this season. At this pace, he’s going to end up with 30 HR and 110 RBI this season – to go along with a batting average of three-thirty. Cano used to be a 40 doubles, 20 homers, three-ten, three-twenty guy. But, now, he’s hitting the ball a lot further and has become a 40 doubles, 30 homers, three-thirty guy. And, he’s probably going to get 50 walks this year – which is 10 to 20 more than he is usually good for…
I really hope this is just the maturation of a gifted hitter at play – rather than a something else behind it…like a Victor Conte/Anthony Galea/Angel Presinal type dude.
Now, before anyone jumps down my throat here…I’m just saying that Cano reminds me of Roy Hobbs or a “Clear & Cream” Barry Bonds the way he’s swinging the bat this season. (Cue Max Mercy: Home runs, triples, singles…Anything he wants to hit, he hits. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s incredible! Anything he wants to do, he does! I mean, how can somebody play that well that came from nowhere?) I’m not saying that Cano is on something. I’m just saying that he’s supernatural now, that’s all.
Now, you can choose to just enjoy the ride. Or, if you’re the suspicious type, then you can keep looking around, waiting, for the other shoe to drop. Me? On stuff like this, I like the samurai warrior approach – “Expect Nothing; Be prepared for anything.”
Come to think of it, maybe that’s what the nation should do with the wait for A-Rod’s 600th now, as well? I was surprised to see in the YES coverage tonight that they said Alex didn’t talk with the media after the game yesterday. Do you think there’s ever been one day in the last fifteen years that Derek Jeter or Mo Rivera has ever skipped out on the media after a game? And, some people want to know why the media is not 100% in Alex’s corner all the time?