Yanks come on late, complete sweep of Twins

NLDS Game Three Thread: Phillies @ Rockies
Fan Confidence Poll: October 12th, 2009

Game 3 is often the most critical one in a five-game series. In any of the three possible scenarios, a win is important. When up 2-0, winning the third game gives the team the ability to line up their Game 1 starter to start Game 1 of the ALCS. When down 2-0, the season is on the line. When tied 1-1, a win gives the team a decided advantage heading into Game 4. The Yankees went with Andy Pettitte in Game 3 this time, hoping that his strong second half would carry over to the postseason.

The Yanks got everything they could have expected from Pettitte, and might have even left some in the tank. He threw 81 pitches over 6.1 innings, striking out seven and walking just one and limiting the Twins to just one run. That lone run came in the sixth after a bases empty, two outs situation. It was all the Twins would get all night. He exited after striking out Jason Kubel to lead off the seventh, though with his low pitch count and superb results on the night, perhaps he could have finished the inning.

Joba Chamberlain made that a moot point. He made a mistake to the first batter, Delmon Young, who drove one into the gap for a one-out double. But Chamberlain beared down, inducing a soft grounder from Matt Tolbert before striking out Jose Morales to end the inning. It set up the bullpen for Phil Hughes and Mariano Rivera in the eighth and ninth.

The Twins threatened in the eighth, and if not for a baserunning blunder would have been in position to tie the game. Nick Punto, who hit over .400 in the series, hit a 2-2 pitch between Melky Cabrera and Johnny Damon for a leadoff double. The next batter, Denard Span, slapped one up the middle, but Jeter cut it off before it could leave the infield. Seeing Punto take a wide turn around third, Jeter fired home. Punto had slipped on his way back, giving Jorge Posada enough time to throw him out at third.

A first and third, no outs situation turned into a runner on first, one out situation, and it seemingly deflated the Twins. Orlando Cabrera flied out to center for the second out. That brought Joe Mauer to the plate, and Girardi did not mess around. He went to Mariano Rivera to get the AL batting champ and presumptive MVP, and the at-bat followed the script. Mauer swung at the second pitch, a cutter in on the hands, breaking his bat and grounding weakly to first. Teixeira fielded, ending the minor threat.

Mo finished off the game in typical fashion, allowing just one hit while retiring the final three batters he faced. He hit his stride after allowing a leadoff single, striking out the next two hitters before inducing a grounder to end the game.

In his first season post-Yankees, Carl Pavano fared well against his former team in the regular season. He faced them twice, pitching 13.1 innings and allowing just four runs, splitting the match-ups. He started off Game 3 even better, striking out eight and allowing just three hits through six innings. It looked like he had control of the game, and when the Twins rallied for a run in the sixth it looked like the Yankees would have a tough road ahead.

The game changed in the seventh. After going down 0-2, Alex Rodriguez took three straight pitches outside the zone to work the count full. After fouling off a pitch, he got a fastball up and on the outside edge. It’s a pitch Alex handles well, and this time was no exception. He went with it, driving it high over the baggie in right for a game-tying home run. It was Rodriguez’s second home run and sixth RBI of the series, and the second time he tied the game with a homer.

With two outs and the bases empty, Jorge Posada stepped up. He took the first pitch, a changeup, well outside for ball one. Pavano then threw a good pitch, a sinker low and away, but Jorge timed it perfectly. Delmon Young gave the ball a chase, but it was just beyond his reach, in the stands for the go-ahead run. Fitting that the Yankees, who led the majors in homers (and homers on the road) this season took the lead on a pair of homers.

Even with Mariano Rivera to pitch the ninth, the Yankees knew insurance runs wouldn’t hurt. They picked up a few of those in the ninth. Ron Gardenhire used four pitchers in the inning, and none did the job satisfactorily. Ron Mahay recorded a strikeout and then walked Teixeira. Jon Rauch walked A-Rod. Jose Mijares walked Hideki Matsui. Joe Nathan then came on to face Jorge Posda, and surrendered and RBI single. Robinson Cano then blooped in a second insurance run.

Andy Pettitte’s contribution should not be understated. Over the past three postseasons, the Yankees couldn’t overcome their pitching problems. They rebuilt the rotation this season, and it’s a big reason why they had the best record in the regular season and then swept their way through the ALDS. Andy used two variations of what he calls his cutter — one a faster pitch that more resembles a fastball, and a slower one that more resembles a slider. That, mixed with his fastball, kept the Twins off-balance. Before their rally started with two outs in the sixth, Pettitte retired 17 of the first 18 batters he faced.

Both the Yankees and Angels will enjoy a four-day vacation before squaring off in Game 1 of the ALCS Friday in the Bronx. Both teams will realign their rotations, meaning we’ll get the best possible match-ups. We’ll have plenty to say over the next few days, but for now I’m just going to enjoy this one. It sure does feel good to have the Yanks past the first round of the playoffs.

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NLDS Game Three Thread: Phillies @ Rockies
Fan Confidence Poll: October 12th, 2009
  • Tom Zig

    I want to see the postgame celebration! What channel would carry that? Apparently TBS cares more about the Rockies/Phillies than the Yanks pouring champagne.

    • kunaldo

      YES

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

      YES has it.

    • kunaldo

      It’s on YES

    • Mike

      Turn to YES.

  • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

    “before striking out Jose Mijares to end the inning.”

    Should that be Jose Morales?

  • Mike Pop

    I can’t wait till Friday!

    Arg.

    • Jersey

      Dude, this week is going to take FOREVER.

      • Mike Pop
        • Jersey

          Well played

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Monday: Watch the Jets smash out the Marine Mammals
            Tuesday: Knicks or Nets preseason on MSG/YES
            Wednesday: Shave, put on cologne, go out, and get some ass
            Thursday: Watch the videotape you made of Wednesday night
            Friday: Yankees beat the Angels in Game 1

            You’re welcome.

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

    It’s gonna be a long wait til Friday.

  • Tatedoog

    Bring on those Angels!

  • ARX

    One series down, two to go. I’m…pleased with the result. Not overjoyed, since I wanted them to beat the shit out him then bash his head against the ground once he was down, but I’ll take it :-)

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

    Awesome.

    Also, you write recaps really fucking fast.

    • Dela G

      haha i bet he started typing in full that after mariano got out of the 8th

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      We’re the Yankees.

      Joe did a cost-benefit analysis and determined buying the VictoryRecapTemplate 2.0 software from Lotus was well worth the money. After 100 victories, it practically pays for itself.

    • Salty Buggah

      Joe’s a pro now. He writes the YES recaps too.

  • Mike Pop

    Celebrate boys, you’ve earned it.

  • ShuutoHeat

    Great series. The type I like, where they just crush everyone.

    Congrats to Andy, I think he just tied Smoltz in the most post season wins at 15? Thing is, he’s going to have more chances at winning and surpassing Smoltz.

  • bonestock94

    I usually don’t mind the Twins, but those damn fans started pissing me off. Happy to win, but now I’m fucking ready to hammer the Angels. I wanna shit on that bandwagon once and for all!!

  • Jersey

    This series ended up playing out just like the rest of the season series against the Twins, on the whole: relatively close games decided in the late innings. Kinda weird to say after going 10-0 for 2009, but the Twinkies played us tough.

    Not that this didn’t feel like an inevitability.

    • ARX

      How many walkoffs did we have against them? 4? That’s got to be just a little bit demoralizing.

      • JGS

        and they only played six games in New York

        • Jersey

          Wow. Good point.

        • yankeewanabe

          we seem to own joe nathan

  • Tank Foster

    I know of no way to prove this, but I honestly don’t think there is another infielder in MLB who makes the play Jeter did to nail Punto. We can say whatever we want about his range, but there is not a smarter, cooler infielder in baseball.

    Time to roll over Anaheim.

    • bobtaco

      +2

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      My respectful disagreement:

      Well, I love Jetes, but technically, he didn’t really make that play.

      Nick Punto made that play. Jeter just ate the ball and waited to see if someone would do something stupid, and someone did. Fell into our lap.

      http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ent-623257

      There was nothing really particularly athletic about the play. It was heady, sure, but again, the headiness is confined merely to Jeter not just throwing the ball back to the pitcher or to first or something. He fielded the ball, and really had nowhere to go with it, so he just kinda sits there, and then, all of a sudden, Nick Punto runs through the stop sign, rounds third hard and totally doesn’t watch the play (and then falls on his ass), and Jeter had a golden opportunity unfold before his eyes.

      • CountryClub

        I disagree. 90% of the SS’s would have thrown the ball to 1st. Jeter didnt even look to 1st. He said that he caught Punto rounding 3rd out of the corner of his eye. That’s why he spun as soon as he fielded the ball. As Jeter said: “this time of year is all about attention to detail”.

  • http://twitter.com/hopjake Jake H

    Great job Yanks. Celebrate today then plan on another sweep starting Friday.

    • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

      I know, right, they could probably get back to ny and start a private party at on of the night clubs and get bombed 3 nights in a row and still be ready for friday

      mick style

      • Jersey

        So long as they don’t get shot, mugged or otherwise incapacitated, git ‘er done

        • ROBTEN

          And remember, leave your guns at home.

          From Fishkill, NY, I’m Plaxico Burress

      • GG2000

        Miguel Cabrera approves!

  • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

    ESPNews shows twins pressers, as well

  • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

    Could span be the next Craw-daddy as he gets more in his prime?

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

      More OBP, less power than CC.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        No shame in that, though.

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

          None at all.

  • Dela G

    Great fucking win

    Memes taken care of in the postseason?


    A-rod chokes in the first round
    The Curse of Mark Teixeira
    The Yankees Can’t win in the first round
    The Red Sox Will beat the Yankees in the ALCS
    David Ortiz is a postseason factor in 2009
    The Red Sox Have no weaknesses (John Kruk’d)
    Andy Pettitte’s missed starts will affect the yankees in the postseason (kruk’d)
    Joe Girardi can’t manage in the postseason
    CC & AJ have no successful postseason experience

    Ones to complete this month

    A-rod Chokes in the ALCS
    A-Rod chokes in the WS
    Yankees can’t beat the angels
    Yankees Haven’t won a WS since 2000

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      One sign of how good this team is would be that they really don’t need to disprove anyone, or need extra motivation to play at their best. The only exception being Alex, and in this ALDS he’s done enough to keep them off his back for a while.

      But as a team, all they need to do is go out there and play their game, which is exactly what they’ve all been saying.

    • A.D.

      But zomg Papelbon is such a great closer in the post season!!!!!

  • Mike Pop

    Heh, Mark has got his goggles on again.

  • Alex S

    hahahaha Kim Jones just said “thank you nick swisher” i bet that wasn’t the first time…..lol

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

    THE POSTGAME IS FUCKING GLORIOUS

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I SEE BLUE!!!! HE LOOKS GLORIOUS!!!

      • Upstate Nick

        YOU’RE MY BOY, BLUE!!!!!

  • Alex S

    wow alex seems really happy, Kate Hudson must be putting out

    • Mike Pop

      I laughed.

      • JackISBACK

        Where you at Kruk? Where you AT?????

        WHOOOOOOOOOO!!! The unbeatable team goes down, and the ones with flaws moving on.

        Man, this is the A-Rod that we’ve been waiting for all these years. Maybe they should just say 0-2 on the scoreboard whenever he comes up to bat, because he’s unstoppable after seeing that.

        On Hughes. He’s going away from his secondary pitches for some reason. He’s throwing mainly fastballs, which is good and all until the teams sit on that, like they did this series. After giving up that hit on the curve earlier in the series, Hughes has gone completely away from his secondary pitches. He needs to start throwing his secondary pitches again.

        But, right now I’m so HAPPY!! WHOOOOOOOO

        • whozat

          he throws the cutter too.

          But…yes. He does need to mix pitches more.

          • CountryClub

            Hughes has been throwing nothing but 4 seamers and cutters for weeks now. He’ll be fine.

            He threw 2 curves in this series (1 to Mauer and another to Punto) and they both went for singles. It almost looked like they were waiting for them. i wonder if he’s tipping them.

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

              I think they got hit because he’s not throwing them and they’re not sharp. During every PA involving Hughes this season, I’ve been finding myself saying “Throw the curve!”

              I hope this lack of the curve as a reliever doesn’t come back to bite him in ’10.

  • eazy

    wow kim jones looks so hot right now.

    • Mike Pop

      Take it eazy, Champ.

    • Jersey

      Thank you, Mugatu

    • Bob Stone

      She looks really good when she’s wet.

      • eazy

        Bob Lorenz was excited

        • Bob Stone

          Definitely. Loved it.

  • Alex S

    wow you can arguably say they CC was the worst of the 3 starters in the ALDS…..

    • Ivan

      I thought he pitch better than AJ.

    • ARX

      I’ll take CC’s start over AJ’s 5 walks.

  • Ivan

    Haven’t been to the ALCS since you know, im not gonna mention the year.

    Just chill, get ready for fri and lets roll.

    “We Play Today, We Win Today”

    Thats my motto.

    LETS GO YANKEES!!!

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

    Kim: How bout the Angels?
    AJ: How bout the Yankees?

    I FUCKING LOVE THIS MOTHERFUCKING TEAM!

    • Mike Pop

      That’s my boy.

    • Ivan

      Love that fuckin answer.

    • Salty Buggah

      Hello. My name is Swagger.

      /Swisher’d

  • Chris

    27% of the way to #27.

    Thank Mo we won’t have to suffer through any more of Chip Caray. Both his father and grandfather, in their current states, would be more tolerable in the booth.

  • Ivan

    Kim Jomes look like she just did a bukkake video.

    • Dela G

      hahahahahahaha IETC

  • BigBlueAL

    So, does CC pitch Game 4 on 3 days rest so he then can pitch Game 7 if needed on regular rest????

    Also I assume Marte will be out and Bruney maybe in for the ALCS??

    • Mike Pop

      Also I assume Marte will be out and Bruney maybe in for the ALCS??

      No.

      • BigBlueAL

        Well they both suck but the Angels only LHB is Abreu, even though they do have a few switch-hitters. Really who cares since they are basically the 11th pitchers on the staff.

      • Hello

        Yeah because his 9 ERA and his inability to even get out one of the lefties he faced in the ALDS screams ALCS roster spot…

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      I think they’ll wait until it happens to see what the situation is. If they’re up 3-0 or 2-1, then I think they’ll pitch Gaudin. If they’re down 2-1 or 3-0 then it’ll be CC.

  • JMK aka The Overshare
    • Mike Pop

      That was good man.

    • ShuutoHeat

      LOL

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

      FISTED!!!!!!

    • Tank the Frank

      The Yankees fist their way into the ALCS!

    • ARX

      Dodgers/Rockies fans deserve better. (Philly fans, not so much)

    • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      I haven’t been checking comment threads for a while so forgive me if this has already been posted (I’m not looking through 1700+ comment game threads), but there’s a fake Chip Caray twitter and it’s pretty fantastic.

      http://twitter.com/chipcaray

  • Salty Buggah

    YES/MLB.com better have those postgame interviews and party.

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

      YES does, it’s on right now

      • Mike Pop

        He’s not in the area for YES.

        • Salty Buggah

          Yea, and that’s why Im hoping they’re posted online.

          • MikeD

            MLB Network is showing a lot too (or they were earlier).

  • Lanny

    Wonder what the stat geeks are going to say about Jeters SS play now.

    • Jersey

      Apparently Caray is doing the NL for the Championship Series, not the AL. So that’s frigging amazing.

      • Jersey

        reply fail

    • Salty Buggah

      Actually, “stat geeks” say Jeter has been one of the best this season with his SS play.

      Also, we just fuckin swept a postseason series. Can you be positive at all?

      /not expecting a reply

      • ARX

        I’m pretty sure that was positive, and that it was a reference to the bashing that Jeter’s D has taken for years…but then again, this isn’t exactly a poster deserving of the benefit of the doubt.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      STFU, Lanny. Only you could say something like this after a series win.

      By the way, we’ve been nothing but laudatory about Jeter’s defense this year.

      • ROBTEN

        Lanny visits the Coliseum:

        Are You Not Entertained?

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        You give him too much credit. Bo and Sal easily could have said something like that after a series win.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          Imagine if they rooted for . . . pretty much every other team in professional sports.

          If the Yanks don’t make you happy, then I don’t know what to tell you.

  • Accent Shallow

    Watching Pavano pitch so well really sucked — until the 7th, that is. :) I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    It’d be nice if the ALCS could start Tuesday, but so it goes.

  • Jersey

    Apparently Caray is doing the NL for the Championship Series, not the AL. So that’s frigging amazing.

    • eazy

      Yay for Buck and McCarver?

      • Jersey

        …fuck

        Still better than Caray

        • Klemy

          Are you asking for Joe Morgan you SOB!?! just kidding…

  • ROBTEN

    According to BP

    Angels:

    Actual W-L: 97-65
    “First Order Wins”: 92.6-69.4 (+4.4)
    “Second Order Wins”: 85.3-76.7 (+11.7)
    “Third Order Wins” 86.8-75.2 (+10.2)

    Forget that sweep in Fenway, correction’s gonna be a bitch.

    “We Ain’t the Sox, Son!”

    • ARX

      So…what that basically says is that they were lucky to win as many as they did with their run differential…AND they were lucky to even have that differential given the actual batting statistics? Wow.

  • http://inthemasses.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/mad-max-poster-1.jpg gxpanos

    HAPPINESS HAPPINESS HAPPINESS! WE’RE CELEBRATING! DONT YELL AT ME FOR THIS BECAUSE WE’RE ALL CELEBRATING!

    …I dont like that Hughes pitched poorly this series. Troubling, to say the least.

    • Jersey

      He’s had a good year. He’ll work it out. Keep the faith.

      It won’t matter when we’re up five runs anyway. And I plan on spending most of the ALCS up five runs.

      • Klemy

        I am hoping you are right!

        • handtius

          join the positive posse. we’re a rowdy bunch.

    • CountryClub

      Pitching poorly seems to be an exageration.

  • Bob Stone

    Very classy comments by Gardenhire in the post game show. He’s a class act himself.

    • Sam

      What did he say/were you being sarcastic?

      • Mike Pop

        Na, he was legit.

        Saying how the Yankees are a great team – 103 wins. Keep running great hitters out at you. Can’t make mistakes against them.

      • Bob Stone

        No – I was serious. Mike Pop summarized well what was said. Gardenhire also said that the Yankee players were talented and classy guys as well.

    • EB

      I find it both hilarious and sad (as an Australian) you applaud people for being decent. What was gardenhire going to say ‘yankees suck!’ ‘jeter is overrated!’.
      Damn

      • A.D.

        Its more that they would say nothing.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      +1

      Gardy’s a really good guy.

  • http://thesportsshowlive.blogspot.com/ Joey H

    CARL PAVANO for the #5 starter next year! Nah, what a game. Sure it was a sweep, but felt nothing like one. Can’t say this series was dominated, unless it was by nail biting.

    • Rey22

      First game was fairly straightforward, but 2 and 3 were a nervewracking blast! (Cause we won of course)

  • ARX

    So…with tonite’s HR, and the series he had, how many 0-4’s do you think A-Rod bought himself before “fans” start booing again (not that I think he will, he seems really locked in atm)

    • whozat

      1/2.

      If he DARES go hitless in his first two at-bats of the ALCS, he will be booed when he comes to the plate for the third time, and McCarver will talk about ARod’s postseason demons, and how he’s still looking to exorcise them.

  • Klemy

    Now, for a week of nothing but Nick Adenhart references.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      This Bud’s for you!

  • handtius

    These games have been intense for a sweep. looking forward to a good series against the angels. 8 more wins boys!

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Anyone had a creeping feeling this year that we’re not just looking at a Championship team, but one that could roll off 2 of 3 over the next few years? I do. Even during the regular season I felt like this team had more in the tank, that if we enjoyed a good season health-wise and take the Joba Rules off next year, we could do even better than we did this year, and this team won 103 games.

    I know these things can change in a hurry, and many post season teams looks like that and go on to have disappointing years the very next season (09 Rays/06 ChiSox/04 Marlins) but so much of this team is still in its prime, and the only guys who are in serious danger of age related drop off IMO over the next few years are Mo and Posada. Neither are easily replaced, but I think this team and farm system is good enough to effectively plug two holes. Obviously some combo of Montero/Cervelli for Jorge, and we have so many capable arms I figure one of them will be able to do a solid job of closing. Not Mo-like, but good enough.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      we’re not just looking at a Championship team, but one that could roll off 2 of 3 over the next few years?

      Let’s get this one. 2 or 3 are tough w/o the first one.

      And while I’m confident this is our year, I’m not thrilled about going up against the dead guy mojo.

    • MatyRuggz

      Catcher should be covered by one or more of the uber-prospects they have in the system. I can see 3 catchers making the roster in 2011, perhaps with Jorge and Montero splitting the starting C and DH positions and Cervelli purely as a back-up. But who knows with Romaine, Murphy, Sanchez, et. al. what the catcher position will truely look like in the future? Its an exciting quandry to think about.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        R-O-M-I-N-E

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    One other thing, Joba’s slider wasn’t sliding for the first few batters he faced. That’s why Delmon Young was able to serve that pitch into left centerfield. He kept getting them up, with little depth. I thought the best 2-3 sliders he threw were to the last batter he faced. Down and falling out of the zone.

    I’ll assume Girardi/Eiland noticed the same thing, since Eiland went out to the mound to talk to him. But facing a better lineup (like the Angels) some of those meatballs could have went 400+ feet. Just something to keep an eye on.

  • Tank Foster

    My nephew was worried about facing Pavano, seeing as how he’d shut the Yankees down earlier this season. I told him “he may pitch well, but he can’t shut them down the whole game. There is no way any team is holding the Yankees to less than 3 runs. It will come down to how well Pettitte and the bullpen do.”

    Thank you, thank you.

  • hal

    Let’s hope the Yankee OF brings their bats to the ALCS.

    • CountryClub

      Are you out there Johnny Damon???

  • http://thedailysomething.com Bill

    I’m amazed at how many people are missing the whole essence of the Punto play. He didn’t take a wide turn; he tried to score. It was clear from the replay, and his postgame comments confirm that he heard the crowd noise, put his head down and assumed it was into center field. When the ball went home, he was half way in between. It’s kind of amazing the play at third was as close as it was.

    And to the people saying no one but Jeter would have made that play; that’s funny. If a shortstop has to eat an infield base hit with a guy going from second to third, the very first thing ANY of them will do is look and see where that runner is. It (like turning around and tagging out Gomez in the OTHER unforgivably stupid baserunning move of the series) was the dictionary definition of a routine play from the shortstop’s perspective.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      Let’s be fair here, Bill. When you’re trying to score from second, you’re going to take a wide turn around third. Obviously he was trying to score — I don’t think anyone thought otherwise. As I said in the recap, he took the wide turn because he thought the ball got past Jeter.

      I do agree on your second point. I think most shortstops throw home there. They all know who’s running, so unless you have a shortstop whose head is completely out of the game, chances are he would have seen Punto’s turn.

      • http://thedailysomething.com Bill

        Fair enough, though really, when people say someone “took a wide turn” around a base, the implication is usually that he was attempting to draw attention or a throw, not that he was trying to advance to the next base. But anyway, I’ve seen/heard several other people who have clearly not realized that he was trying to score.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Agreed with all of this.

        I love Jeter, but pretty much every single shortstop in baseball does exactly what Jeter did there.

        (Well, maybe not the Mets shortstop.)

        • donttradecano

          only because Tony Bernazard is against fundamentals.

  • YankeeScribe

    I’m amazed that the team with no weaknesses, the Red Sox, got swept

  • aj

    I fear Chad Gaudin in game four.