Off to a great start…
The Yankees, as expected, emerged victorious in Game 1 of the ALDS against the high flying Minnesota Twins. Behind the frontline starting pitching of CC Sabathia, the Yanks took down the Twins, 7-2.
The game started slowly with several passed balls and an early 2-0 lead for the sleep-deprived Twins. But a two-run homer by Mr. November, Derek Jeter, tied the score in the 3rd and the Yanks were off to the races.
Hideki Matsui continued to show the Yankees might be making a mistake in allowing Godzilla and his creaky knees to walk at the end of the season. Time and again, he has delivered the timely, clutch hits the team has needed. He did not disappoint on Wednesday night as he came through with a two-run homer in the 5th inning. Throw in a mixture of Phils (Hughes and Coke), a dash of Joba Chamberlain, and a touch of Mariano Rivera, and the Yankees had the ingredients for success.
The series resumes on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. Then, the series will move to Minnesota. As a Vikings fan, I am used to pulling for the home team at the Metrodome, but for a few days next week, I may as well be a Packers fan because I definitely will not be pulling for soon-to-be ex-tenants. Hopefully, the Yankees will be the team to end the Twins’ Metrodome stay…
To the Twins’ defense, they won an unlikely AL Central division championship in a 12-inning, highly intense play-off game against the Detroit Tigers, celebrated the victory, caught a flight to New York, and stood ready to play at Yankee Stadium less than 20 hours later. I suspect we’ll see a more relaxed and resilient Twins squad on Friday. The series is far from over despite the Yankees’ 8-0 record against the Twins this year. I seem to remember what happened to another ballclub that had an 8-0 record against the Yankees earlier this season…
I had hoped for a Cardinals-Yankees World Series, but it looks as though the Cards will be making an early exit. They held a 2-1 lead with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning at Dodger Stadium today when Matt Holliday dropped a liner that would have been the game-ending third out. It was not meant to be as the extra out allowed the Dodgers to score 2 runs, and steal the victory, 3-2. The series moves to St. Louis with the Dodgers up, 2 games to none. In a short series format, I simply do not see any way for the Cards to dig out of their self-imposed hole.
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Of course, it only proves to never underestimate the power of Joe Torre…
There is a series in Philly as the Colorado Rockies tied the NLDS at one game apiece with a 5-4 victory over the Phillies today. They defeated last year’s play-off ace, Cole Hamels. Hamels left immediately after being pulled to be with his wife, who was delivering the couple’s first child. All things considered, Cole can be excused for having other things on his mind. The series resumes in Denver on Saturday.
This brings us to the Los Angeles Angels and Boston Red Sox. Game 1 in Anaheim is underway, and the Angels hold a 3-0 lead in the 7th inning. Ouch Julia! What time is it in Boston? 😉 It’s a long night for you unless Big Papi can bring the Sox back in the late innings. Nevertheless, Julia and I have agreed to a final wager for what will hopefully be the final meeting between the Yankees and the Red Sox in the American League Championship Series. Of course, there are obstacles in the way called the Angels and Twins that could derail our plans. The winner will be decided by a) the team that advances the furthest into the play-offs, or 2) the winner of a possible head-to-head match-up in the ALCS. The loser must post photos wearing the winning team’s hat and t-shirt, while holding a sign declaring that the winning team “is better”. I’m ready, Julia! How about you?
Back to the Yanks, Jorge Posada needs to back off his criticism of Jose Molina catching A.J. Burnett in Game 2. Burnett and Molina have clicked and Jose helped A.J. end his summer slide in early September. Jorge, bite your tongue and take one for the team…