Aug
08

A-Rod grants mercy, wins game in 15th

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Dear RAB Readers,

It is late. Watching this game took years off all of our lives. It was a great one for sure, a pitchers’ duel that went beyond the starters, almost all the way through both bullpens. Burnett and Beckett dueled admirably. Both teams had chances, but neither picked up a hit with runners in scoring position. The game came down to A-Rod, one of the best players in the game, hitting a home run off a pitcher in his first major league appearance. That’s the summary.

1. It was awesome.

2. It was intense.

3. The Yankees came out in the end.

There’s more to say about this, of course, but I’m just not ready to say it right now. If you are, have at it in the comments. To the rest of you, good night, thank you for reading, and we’ll be back tomorrow morning.

Sincerely,

Mike, Ben, and Joe
River Ave. Blues

Categories : Game Stories
  • JobaWockeeZ

    This is a classic. No doubt.

  • acb

    i think girardi should be fired tomorrow

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Dude did you see how Tito managed the game? Buchholz pitching like what 4 5 innings and their bullpen completely used today? They’ll have to call someone up in the minors who most likely ain’t good. The Yanks for tomorrow have all mighty Mo, Philty Phil, Melancon and Robertson. And if they want they could go to AAA for anyone.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        And when I mean Buchholz pitching 4-5 innings is what he might and maybe likely will do tomorrow with CC on the mound.

      • Greg G.

        I agree JobaW, but you could make the argument that the Red Sox needed this one more than the Yanks.

      • Little Bill

        Yeah, I thought Girardi did a better job of managing the pen. I thought he could have used Hughes for another inning, but I guess it worked out because Hughes will be available tomorrow now. Having Damon bunt in the 15th is the only other decision I disagreed with.

        • swedski

          The call was not bad only the execution!

      • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        “… and their bullpen completely used today…”

        I don’t think that statement is accurate.

      • thebusiness

        Not really. He saved the pen with Traber on Thursday and none of their bullpen guys pitched more than 1 inning (Paps 1.1).. everyone is probably available except Tazawa.

        • thebusiness

          And He’s probably going right back down to AAA.

          Saito might need the night off though pitching 3 games in a row.

    • Jack

      I’m probably going to regret asking this, but what the hell:

      Why?

    • steve (different one)

      i think girardi should be fired tomorrow

      dumbest. comment. ever.

      yeah, managers with the best record in baseball get fired all the time.

      • LiveFromNewYork

        irrrretc

    • Riddering

      Girardi’s bullpen management >>>>>>>> stupid bunting moves

    • steve (different one)

      you guys realize it’s ok to play for 1 run when 1 run wins the game, right?

      it’s like some of you picked up “SABRmetrics 101″ and now you think you know everything.

      “i read that bunting is bad, so Girardi is stupid for bunting. FIRE HIM!!”

      • steve (different one)

        to be clear, i’m not saying the bunt was a great call. i would probably lean towards not bunting.

        but, moving Jeter over gives your 2 best hitters a crack to win it with a single. it’s defensible.

        it’s not the greatest decision, but calling for his job over it is beyond absurd.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Agreed. How many bunts did we see this year? Not many. Sure bunting wasn’t smart when ideally stealing with Jetes is a much better move. But with Teix and A-Rod coming up against a rookie pitcher, it sure as hell one meaningless thing t nitpick about.

          • Zack

            only problem with Jeter stealing is that they probably dont have a book on Tawaza’s move or how quick he is from the stretch, so he probably wouldnt have gotten a great jump.

          • toad

            Also, if the bunt fails you still have a runner with Teixeira and A-Rod coming up. If the steal fails you don’t.

    • jim p

      Waiver A-Rod and while his value is still high.

  • Greg G.

    Maybe it’s just the dramatic win talking here, but you three run a damn fine website.

    • inman

      where have you been the past few years?

      • Greg G.

        Here. I was just having an “I love you, man” moment.

  • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

    You forgot one thing, 4.5 games up!

    • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

      Oh, and that 0-8 can suck it

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    I may have to bookmark this post.

    • Greg G.

      Agreed.

      • Scooter

        Agreed x2

        Was at the Nationals game with friends in DC – sneaking listens to the Yankees game on my phone. Get home, thinking it’s over, and watch the last 5 innings

        A huge, huge win… and an exhausting one

        Thanks, guys, for all the work you put in here

    • The Lodge

      This post sums up the un-sum-upable. Admirably.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      (h/t Rebecca)

    • Greg G.

      …wait…for…it…

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      There’s a sex-erect-penis joke in here somewhere.

    • Ivan

      As A-Rod is gauging the pitch he saying to himself, “Man this game is really cutting into my cops and robbers game with Kate. I ending this shit rite…..about……and as he hits the ball he saids “now”

      A-Rod is that mothafuckin dude.

  • Dela G

    MAN, I CAN HARDLY CONTAIN MYSELF I’M SO HAPPY!

    AN AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA BOMB, FROM AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-ROD!

    4.5 game lead on the sux

    and Big-PED giving his conference around noon central

    should be fun to watch

    • Klemy

      Yeah, how rough will that be to do after this late game?

    • format

      HEY COOL BLOG .what blogging platform is this blog in? all it says is “riveraveblues” …. is it blogspot? blogger? something else? please let me know. i really like the format and my email is gospelofjohn1334 at gmail dot com

    • format

      it would’ve been funny if Muhammed Ali was hanging around on Fri evening before the game because it was like a title fight between Beckett and Burnett!!!

  • Thomas A. Anderson

    http://tinyurl.com/nqn9jp

    That pretty much sums up my evening/night.

    • Greg G.

      IETL (I enjoyed that link)

  • Little Bill

    Well said Joe. This was an incredible classic game. AJ and the bullpen were awesome as they have been all year. This is a huge win in the series with our horse CC going tomorrow against Buchholz who can’t make it past the 4th inning. It’s a great day to be a Yankee fan.

  • http://pinstripepalace.blogspot.com/ Brien Jackson

    That was epic.

  • acb

    and to top it all off krod just gave up a game winning grandslam

    • Joseph M

      Great comment.

  • anonymous

    I feel like its 15:00 AM. That game was brutal.

  • Statler

    I had plans, Alex Rodriguez, plans!

  • handtius

    Man, baseball is so good at taking away the hardships of your life. I totally lost track of all the shite happening in my life. 6 hrs is long, but it was amazing to see. We may never see another game like this, especially against the Sox. Enjoy it, revel in it, rub it the face of your Sox fan friends and be here, tomorrow, ready for another good show with CC going 7-8 and the doodle over there giving up 7 runs.

    • Drew

      ha, you never think a game will top a game like today. Then, every year, we get a yanks sox game that is one of a kind. It’s nuts.

      • handtius

        I don’t know man. Not many, regular season, games can top this. I’ve been watching for a long time and this one is a topper. (that doesn’t include total series, see: Boston Massacre 2)

        • Pasqua

          Jeter dive / Flaherty walk-off in ’04 is still the tops for me. Both teams just beat the shit out of each other for 13 innings.

        • JeffG

          I agree Boston Massacre 2 was the best.

  • Salty Buggah

    CLASSIC!!!!!!!!! We’ll remember this for years!

  • Ivan

    What a game, like really. It really feels like I just a got a nut off, LMAO.

    GO YANKEES!!!! AND PS,

    ALEX MOTHAFUCKIN RODRIGUEZ IS THAT MOTHAFUCKIN DUDE BITCHES!!!!

  • Drew

    Did we really just play 15 innings?
    Why are Mo, Phil, Coke, D-Rob and Melancon ALL available tomorrow!!!?? haha Oh and we have our horse on the mound.

    • Zack

      we have guys ready for tomorrow because Ace soaked up 3 innings with only 37 pitches. hopefully his performance doesnt get overlooked

      • Drew

        It’s easy to lose it in the shuffle, I agree though. And how bout Bruney, maybe this was his coming out party.

        • Zack

          I hope so, Bruney stepping up would be huge for the team. He was great for that first inning, but they were making pretty good contact on him the second inning.

          • Mike Pop

            Brian Bruney can’t pitch teh 8th inning!!!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I don’t think Coke’s available. That was the third straight day for him.

      • Drew

        Word, maybe he gets the day off, I wouldn’t be surprised though if Joe throws him out there vs a lefty.

        • Dela G

          i would be shocked if he did

          • Drew

            word, but 32 pitches in 3 days isn’t crazy.

  • GG

    15 innings of Yankees pitching, 4 hits for the Sox

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      I just realized that. Crazy, no?

      • Dela G

        WHAT ABOUT TEH UNENVIABLE DEPTH!!!11!! TEH DEPTH!!

  • Cokie

    K-Rods line tonight:
    0IP 5ER 3BB 2H 1 walk off grand slam.

    • steve (different one)

      yeesh.

    • Ivan

      Ewwwwwwww…..

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Wow.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      It wasn’t just a walk-off grand slam, it was a walk-off grand slam to a 5′-8″, 160 lb shortstop that hit .284-.361-.399 in Low-A last year. That’s like giving up a walk-off granny to Carmen Angelini. In Petco.

      • handtius

        double ouch….if anyone deserves it, it k(ock)rod

      • Mike Pop

        Heh, ERA went to 3.34.

      • Dela G

        lol

      • Zack

        how do you give up a HR in PETCO to that guy?

        • Mike Pop

          You get yourself in sticky situations like K-Rod.

          To think, to fathom, I had friends of mine comparing him with the almighty Mo just because he “gets the job done”.

          /facepalms

          • Zack

            To think, Francesa was calling KRod better when he was panicing about Mo’s 2 bad games against Bos/TB early in teh season

            • Mike Pop

              :shoots self in head:

              /Give credit where it’s due. Don’t know who started it.

            • Klemy

              You don’t think those appearances matter? Well, you’re dead wrong. It matters a lot.

              /FRANCESA’D

              • Zack

                hahaha IETC
                +1

  • Salty Buggah

    Standing ovation for the AJ and the whole bullpen!

    ABs since A-rod’s last HR: 0..bitches!

    • Dela G

      tell me how my ass tastes

  • Riddering

    If I could, I would bronze all these game posts like baby shoes.

    But that could be the insomnia talking.

  • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

    I’m just so tired after watching that. I need somebody to hug.

    • Alex Rodriguez

      I would help, but kate’s calling

  • dkidd

    between fox and espn, we’ll be lucky to get a split

    • Charlie

      they might take away one of these wins?

    • Slugger27

      dont they already have at least a split?

      • dkidd

        joking

  • dkidd

    oh, and the mets

    nice night

  • Drew

    2-8 ftw!

    man, with CC on the mound tomorrow, I’m gettin greedy.

  • Mike Pop

    Did A-Rod’s home run count? I thought he was only allowed to hit hrs in the first 4 innings or when the game was already “decided”.

    Yeah, it’s old, but I love it.

    AMAZING game. Freakin’ J.D. Drew’s catch was unbelievable. Maybe it wasn’t that amazing but it seemed like like an amazing catch. I was so glad when Coke had his inning, they hit Taz hard his first inning. Jesus Montero man, that was so epic.

    • handtius

      Drew’s catch was amazing. you aren’t mistaken. if the redsox won, that would have been the play of the game. I never thought he’d make it to the ball. He’ll be out of the line up tomorrow though…pulled his everything.

      • dkidd

        drew to have olivia newton john surgery tomorrow

        • Dela G

          hahaha IETC

        • putt

          fucking hilarious

      • Mike Pop

        Thought so. It looked like he pimped it too which kind of made it that much more awesome.

        Hinske was in shock, he’s like “motherfucka, what do I have to do to get a run in. This is bs”.

        Hope Rays lose tonight, would be funny to see the Rangers take the wild card.

        • handtius

          That would be splendid. I just want the yankees to run away with it now so they can rest people in september.

    • Dela G

      that JD Drew Catch was Clutch fo sho

      great grab by him, finally doing something to earn that 70 mil contract this year

  • dkidd

    i love winning games when it feels like were destined to lose

    • handtius

      i didn’t feel that. they had a rookie who was in AA this year. I could see a win 3 innings away.

      • Mike Pop

        Okay, John Edward.

        • handtius

          Ok, that makes no sense Mr. Pop. I’d like that comment stricken from the record.

          Okay, John Edward.

          There we go.

          • handtius

            Damn….I = FAIL

            Okay, John Edward.

            • Mike Pop

              I still have no idea wtf you are trying to do. But ietc anyways.

              • handtius

                Damn strike through fail…it shows up in the preview and then disappears when posted. oh poo.

  • Russell NY

    Someone said this on LoHud blog:

    “Arod was pointing to his hip a lot in the scrum after the celebration. Girardi needs to sit him tomorrow.”

    Did anyone notice that?

    • handtius

      I think he was just messing. didn’t want to get crushed in the celebration.

    • Zack

      Yeah he grabbed it because the team was all over him after he reached home, but he wasnt dragging it back to the clubhouse. Just like he did last time he got the walk off hit and Cano jumped on him.

    • Mike Pop

      Yep, he was holding it and skipping a bit it seemed. It looked like he might of got a knee to his hip or something there.

      I don’t think it’s anything to worry about. But, then again, I’m not a doctor.

    • Salty Buggah

      I noticed that too. Hope nothings wrong.

  • ARX

    Its as if someone went down to the field after the 8th and told them, “psst, can’t end the game yet, hasnt been at least 4 hours, remember your contract!!” Anyway, 2 down, 2 to go. I know, a sweep is unlikely…but we’ve got them on the mat, bruised and half conscious, lets finish them off. I dont just want a series win, I want BLOOD.

    • handtius

      “bruised and half conscious”

      Concussed.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Yankees win tonight and all is well.

    Rangers won, Tampa Bay 6-5 in the top of the 11th, but that is just icing on the cake.

    The most pleasant surprises of tonight was Aceves and Bruney in my opinion. Aceves was amazing, and Bruney looked great until he hit that rought spot. Girardi > Francona at managing bullpens.

  • Ajay

    This team just has a different feel to it this year. Over the last few years there were games that you knew we just did not have enough to fight back and win.It seems like this year mostly every game we play we are in it even when we are down by a few. The addition of Swisher and Burnett really helped this clubhouse bigtime.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Imagine Ponson and Rasner in this game…..

  • Salty Buggah

    Your title should have been: “A-God grants mercy”

    It would have been funnier but I guess Mo might get angered (though maybe he wouldn’t mind it because of the walk-off).

  • josh

    whatsup with the report that the yanks put cano, melancon, robertson, and bruney on waivers?

    • Mike Pop

      I think it’s standard. Cano won’t get dealt unless someone overpays extremely I would think.

      According to the report, that’s what it said. Also, one of the relievers could help net you a quality arm is what the report tells us. I hope none of them go, huge fan of Robertson and Bruney.

      • Charlie

        not a chance in hell cano gets dealt. He’s a legitimate star now, a great contact hitter with considerable pop, a gold glove second baseman, and he’s only 26 and under team control for a while. nobody should worry about the yankees trading him. i doubt they trade melancon/robertson either, cause they’re both pretty damn good 24 year old relievers, and bruney’s value is pretty low right now. they probably won’t trade any of these guys

        • Mike Pop

          I agree, Charlie. No doubt man…..

          Unless somehow some idiot of a gm offers Greinke, Lincecum/Cain, or Kershaw/Billingsley for him(which won’t happen), nothing is going to happen with him. Meaning, if he does get traded, it is probably a good thing for the Yanks considering what it would take for Cash to trade him.

    • Charlie

      everyone gets put on waivers. like, literally entire rosters apparently. its not like waivers when you get DFA’d though, these are revocable. if or when someone claims a player, his team can simply remove him from waivers if they wish to

      • josh

        cool. thanks. id hate to see any of them go.

  • Dela G

    Word on the street was that the white sox had claimed Alex Rios

  • Russell NY

    I believe TB just blew it in the bottom of the 11th with a 1-run lead. The day just keeps getting better.

    • Dela G

      yep

      TB loses 7-6

    • Salty Buggah

      Really? Hells yea!!!!!

  • ranger11

    Did this game break the unread NY symbol. Rays lose in extra innings!

  • Salty Buggah

    Check out the stats from the game:

    Game time 5:33
    Pitches 494
    Strikes 293
    Players used 38
    Batters 113
    At-bats 97
    Walks 15
    Hits 13
    Strikeouts 13
    Left on base 22
    Plate appearances 112

    Dayum!

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      I don’t know how to react to the fact that there were STILL more walks than strike outs.

      • Charlie

        there weren’t

    • Mike Pop

      Plate appearances 112

      Jesus.

    • Dela G

      red sox relievers fresh for tomorrow?

      ZERO!

      • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        False. People keep saying things like this about Boston’s ‘pen, but it’s just not true.

        While we can laugh at Francona’s bullpen mismanagement because he screwed them out of the game last night, his mismanagement also means they don’t have a spent bullpen going into today’s game. The only pitchers who worked more than an inning in relief last night were Papelbon (1.1 IP), Okajima (1.1 IP) and Tazawa (1.2 IP). And, since they leaned on Billy Traber on Thursday, the only other guy who worked that night was Saito. So Saito has worked 2 straight nights and might be held back today, but other than that I would imagine the only other bullpen pitcher who is off-limits today is Tazawa, and he’s not a big loss to them. (For all we know, he’ll get optioned down so they can bring up another arm, anyway.)

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          I was actually impressed with Tazawa. He got hit hard but his balls had movement and he didn’t really lay aything over the middle of the plate until the A-Rod HR.

    • ARX

      13 K’s total? between the two teams? that can’t be right….unless the starters didnt strike out any.

      • Charlie

        yea, that’s way off. there were 28 strike outs total, 14 each team

        • Salty Buggah

          sorry, got those from ESPN

    • Kiersten

      How were there 113 batters and 112 plate appearances?

      • mtt

        Pedroia caught stealing to end an inning.

        • Kiersten

          Ah, gotchya. Thanks.

  • handtius

    and the Rays lose too. so nice.

  • Mike Pop

    It’s what makes baseball great. First game of the series, dominated by bats and the pitching was just horrible. Walked everyone, and couldn’t stop runs. Next game, can’t get a run till the 15th inning.

    ESPN just basically said that tonight A-Rod earned his pinstripes. Haha, what a joke.

    • handtius

      They also made it seem like the yanks got lucky in the highlights. showed Sox pitchers striking out Yanks and Martinez Flying out to deep right. didn’t show any yankee bullpen highlights.

      • handtius

        until now…little baseball tonight clip.

      • ARX

        Can you imagine the epic poem they would’ve written in their honor if the Sox had won?

        • ranger11

          Would it be Papelbon or Pedroia cast as Homer!

          • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

            I would have to say Pedroia ’cause I assume Papelfuck is illiterate.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              And the Hobbitt (Pedroia) isn’t?

    • ranger11

      I wonder what Abraham is saying about Arod right now? Kind of ruined his night.

  • handtius

    They just said the tide was turning in the AL East. They do know we are already in the 1st place!

  • Tank the Frank

    Everyone needs to watch SportsCenter in the morning. After A-Rod’s interview, the anchor (I don’t know his name) says, “Hmmm boli, boli, boli.”

    ESPN’s obvious bias for the Red Sox used to anger me, but now it just makes wins like this so much better. Knowing that it makes ESPN anchors so pissed off that they can’t help but make such childlike remarks makes it even more satisfying.

    • handtius

      Ortis is such an angel. He had no clue he was breaking the rules. Actually, he wasn’t even on the list. He was just being honorable and offered his name to a reported to get more testing into the sport. He is the saint of baseball.

      • Dela G

        winnar

      • acb

        plus he makes remarks about how he thinks a player should get suspended the entire season if they get caught. atleast arod had some balls in admitting it ortiz is playing dumb and no one believes him. cant wait to hear his story tomrow.

    • ranger11

      He really said that! That’s fucking amazing!

  • dkidd

    selections from the espn recap:

    One batter later, Kevin Youkilis lined a single to left for the first hit since the 10th inning, touching off a modest “Let’s Go Red Sox!” chant.

    Beckett walked two and threw 115 pitches, and played cheerleader from the top step of the dugout right to the end.

    ridiculous

    • ranger11

      They are aware that there are Yankee fans? This shit shouldn’t upset me but geez try to be a little objective!

      • Klemy

        Just be fair. Be a little bit fair.

        /FRANCESA’D

    • Kiersten

      Funny, I never heard anything even resembling a “Let’s Go Red Sox” chant. There weren’t enough Sox fans there to even attempt one…

      • http://www.wiredtowns.com Short Porch

        That was Kruk and Gammons.

        • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          (golf clap)

    • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

      this is like a million years later but there were very few red sox fans at the game, really, and there were no audible chants for them. maybe it’s the new stadium’s layout but i heard nothing in section 423.

  • Henry

    Great game!

  • Kiersten

    I never ever leave games early, but I can’t believe I stayed for that whole freaking game.

    Then again, what would a season be without at least one 14th-inning strecth, right?

  • Kiersten

    Just three random points:

    1. The A-Rod/Tex hug after the HR was like the best teammate hug I’ve ever seen.

    2. The Sox lineup after Youkilis is just straight up [b]pathetic[/b]. It’s unbelievable how bad it is.

    3. And that whole argument about the new Stadium not being as loud, well it was pretty damn loud tonight.

    • handtius

      pathetic

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      I second point 3.

  • Jersey

    So…what’d I miss?

  • Jeffrey

    Aceves pitching 3 innings could make it easier for him to be stretched out and enter the rotation. The Yankees had the advantage with bullpen pitchers who can go multiple innings, Hughes, Aceves, Coke could all go 2-3 innings if necessary in a long game. I don’t think we’ll ever see a game quite like that one.

    • Joseph M

      He’s to valuable in the role he has right now.

  • esteban

    So I’m up in Boston now and I was at a bar for the game, and when A-Rod hit the homerun I started screaming and cheering and the entire place was silent and I was very close to getting my ass kicked

    • Peter Lacock

      Heh
      Good times

    • wilcymoore

      Dude, you are brave.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      yes you were

    • Jersey

      Ballsy dude! Seriously though, be careful, I have a friend-of-a-friend who got beat up in a similar situation.

  • Salty Buggah

    A-rod 1st HR (and hit) at the stadium was a walk-off. His HR to break a career-high drought was a walk-off.

  • BigBlueAL

    I always thought most of you guys overdid the whole ESPN is bias towards the Red Sox/they hate the Yankees but tonight Ive come over to your side.

    On the late Sportscenter as someone mentioned before they went to the BBTN guys to talk about the game and the first thing they talked about was how the plate umpire had a small strikezone and he forced Tawaza to throw a strike on the 2-1 pitch because he called a ball on the 1-1 pitch which was apparently a strike. Unbelievable.

    • handtius

      Hey, he said the call could have gone either way, even though the over head showed it was clearly on the lefty batters box line.

    • ranger11

      Need to start watching the Baseball Network.

    • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Please don’t hate me, but I’ve seen this same mistake a bunch of times recently and it’s easy to correct… ESPN isn’t “bias,” ESPN is “biased.”

      Ugh. I’m sorry, I know that’s an annoying thing for me to say.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      I actually disagree. Don’t hurt me, but I think the whole biased thing (happy, Congressman?) is a bit overblown. Why? JD Drew’s catch isn’t even on sportscenter’s top ten. How ridiculous is that??

      • Klemy

        Yeah, in that situation, that’s a damned clutch catch. It should’ve been top 2 based on sheer situational circumstance.

        • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

          Drew’s range is good enough that he didn’t have to dive. You gotta dive to make the Top 10.

  • ranger11

    Yanks win, Rays lose and it looks like the Yanks will finally miss Halladay next week. Good times all around!

  • Accent Shallow

    Caught the A-Rod bomb in a bar.

    Pretty glorious.

    Goodnight all.

  • Mac

    Unfortunately, I fell asleep in the 12th. Saw the replay this morning, only thing I can say is a “true” Yankee would have hit that HR deeper into the seats…

    Seriously, couldn’t be happier for A-Rod – great to see him be the hero – or at least one of them – so many big performances on both sides last night.

    Unbelievable game and couldn’t have ended any better with A-Rod icing it (in the friggin 15th) and putting the Yanks up 4 1/2. Burnett showed the guts and stuff I hoped he would when the Yanks gave him that contract.

    Maybe the best game not only of the season but in several years.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      Scotty Bro and his ultra-clutchness would have hit a walkoff inside the park HR every game vs. the Red Sox forever because he’s so freaking super clutch.

  • BklynJt

    fucking EPIC!!!

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Jorge was laughing and enjoying the walk-off pie. Apparently winning loosens up the Principal.

  • BklynJT

    Not sure if this was said in one of the game threads, but has anyone noticed how Beckett acts like such a pompous asshole after he throws a pitch? He walks towards the plate, staring in with his arms to the side like a macho bad ass when he goes to receive the return throw from Varitek.

    • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Yeah, totally. But whatever… If that’s his thing, then so be it. The Yanks used to have a guy fronting their rotation who made the head-trainer rub hot liniment on his balls before he pitched.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Yes well that was odd.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      Anybody notice how Papelscum acts like a pompous asshole always?

      • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

        Even Boston fans know he’s a tremendous douche. A lot of the ones I talk to can’t wait for Daniel Bard to replace him.

  • JeffG

    I think A-Rod gets all the credit but you also have to hand it to Aceves. He put us in position to have a stronger bullpen later in the game. Just so great!

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Word. Ace was outstanding last night.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        EVERYBODY was outstanding last night.

        NO runs!

  • Bill

    Great win . Don’t understand Girardi not buntiing 2 x with 2 on and no outs????? Nice bunt by Damon late in the game??Shouldn’t he have learned how to bunt in Little League??

    • Pasqua

      Embrace the happiness, Bill.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

        “Taste the happy, Michael…”

        “Tastes a lot like sad.”

  • JeffG

    I just watched ESPN for the first time in a long time to see what those Sox lovers had to say and sure enough the highlights are all about Beckett looking good and AJ getting close calls. Are they fostering hope that they lost because of the Umps? Give me a break.

    That is why I don’t watch ESPN.

  • pat

    I didn’t watch a single inning, whats the big deal?

  • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

    OH. MY. GOD.

    One of the greatest games I’ve ever seen.

    The only better regular season game I’ve seen (not counting the Bucky Dent HR game ehich is in my mind a playoff game) is the July 1st game YES loves to show. And this game is right up there with it.

    • Pasqua

      Is that the Jeter dive / Flaherty walk-off? If so, that’s my pick for best regular season game I’ve ever watched as well.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Yes, the Jeter dive/Flaherty walkoff game.

        • Klemy

          That is easily my favorite too, right in front of the Posada double off Pedro int he playoff game and Aaron Freaking Boone’s walkoff.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            Well I’m not counting postseason.

  • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

    This game was so long. It was one of the greatest games I can remember seeing. I do have to wonder what the Sox are feelling like.

  • Tom Zig

    Hey you guys turned off the little new comment indicator didn’t you

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      I think it, along with A-Rod, broke RAB last night.

  • baba o’riley

    I drove up from Florida for this game. So pleased. The Stadium was a tomb until the 7th inning but the play on the field was incredible. Going again today so hopefully they can do it again.

    • Jersey

      You picked a good one.

  • Jersey

    We were at a bar in Northern Virginia last night without the game on TV, drinking rather heavily, so we followed it via my friend’s Blackberry. When it said “Rodriguez homers…” we kinda went apeshit.

    • Russell NY

      Which describes how I felt when I saw “In play, run(s)”

  • Joseph M

    What a battle, this is nothing short of a blood feud.

    One note of concern, did I see AROD grap his side as if he was in pain during the on field celebration last night.

    • mark r

      I thought I saw the same thing too. But then when he walked over to the interview, he seemed okay. Maybe it was just a quick hitch when he landed on it wrong during the celebration.

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