A-Rod grants mercy, wins game in 15th


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.


Mike, Ben, and Joe
River Ave. Blues

Categories : Game Stories


  1. JobaWockeeZ says:

    This is a classic. No doubt.

  2. acb says:

    i think girardi should be fired tomorrow

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      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.

    • Jack says:

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


    • steve (different one) says:

      i think girardi should be fired tomorrow

      dumbest. comment. ever.

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

    • Riddering says:

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

    • steve (different one) says:

      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) says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

            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 says:

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

  3. Greg G. says:

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

  4. Jordan says:

    You forgot one thing, 4.5 games up!

  5. I may have to bookmark this post.

  6. Dela G says:



    4.5 game lead on the sux

    and Big-PED giving his conference around noon central

    should be fun to watch

    • Klemy says:

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

    • format says:

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    • format says:

      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!!!

  7. Thomas A. Anderson says:

    That pretty much sums up my evening/night.

  8. Little Bill says:

    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.

  9. acb says:

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

  10. anonymous says:

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

  11. Statler says:

    I had plans, Alex Rodriguez, plans!

  12. handtius says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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)

  13. Salty Buggah says:

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

  14. Ivan says:

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



  15. Drew says:

    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.

  16. GG says:

    15 innings of Yankees pitching, 4 hits for the Sox

  17. Cokie says:

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

  18. Salty Buggah says:

    Standing ovation for the AJ and the whole bullpen!

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

  19. Riddering says:

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

    But that could be the insomnia talking.

  20. Evan says:

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

  21. dkidd says:

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

  22. dkidd says:

    oh, and the mets

    nice night

  23. Drew says:

    2-8 ftw!

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

  24. Mike Pop says:

    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 says:

      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.

    • Dela G says:

      that JD Drew Catch was Clutch fo sho

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

  25. dkidd says:

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

  26. Russell NY says:

    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 says:

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

    • Zack says:

      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 says:

      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 says:

      I noticed that too. Hope nothings wrong.

  27. ARX says:

    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.

  28. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    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.

  29. Ajay says:

    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.

  30. Salty Buggah says:

    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).

  31. josh says:

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

    • Mike Pop says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

      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

  32. Dela G says:

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

  33. Russell NY says:

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

  34. ranger11 says:

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

  35. Salty Buggah says:

    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


  36. handtius says:

    and the Rays lose too. so nice.

  37. Mike Pop says:

    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.

  38. handtius says:

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

  39. Tank the Frank says:

    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 says:

      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 says:


      • acb says:

        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 says:

      He really said that! That’s fucking amazing!

  40. dkidd says:

    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.


  41. Henry says:

    Great game!

  42. Kiersten says:

    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?

  43. Kiersten says:

    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.

  44. Jersey says:

    So…what’d I miss?

  45. Jeffrey says:

    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.

  46. esteban says:

    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

  47. Salty Buggah says:

    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.

  48. BigBlueAL says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

      Need to start watching the Baseball Network.

    • 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) says:

      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??

  49. ranger11 says:

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

  50. Accent Shallow says:

    Caught the A-Rod bomb in a bar.

    Pretty glorious.

    Goodnight all.

  51. Mac says:

    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) says:

      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.

  52. BklynJt says:

    fucking EPIC!!!

  53. LiveFromNewYork says:

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

  54. BklynJT says:

    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.

  55. JeffG says:

    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!

  56. Bill says:

    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??

  57. JeffG says:

    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.

  58. pat says:

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

  59. Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

    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.

  60. Jake H says:

    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.

  61. Tom Zig says:

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

  62. baba o'riley says:

    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.

  63. Jersey says:

    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.

  64. Joseph M says:

    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 says:

      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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