The focus of last night’s game is on Jerry Hairston and A-Rod, who played the biggest roles in the tying and winning runs. It’s great to have heroes to paste on the back page (or, in this case, the front page), but there are plenty of other players whose contributions kept the Yankees alive. Feinsand runs down the big names, and among them are a few smaller guys. Rebecca reminds us to not forget David Robertson, and I made sure to mention Mariano Rivera’s contribution in my YES game recap, however awkward it may have been to the flow of the article. Those guys kept the Yankees in the game.
Which brings me to the realization that I had with a buddy last night. Even if the 05, 06, and 07 Yanks got a start like that from Mussina, Wang, whoever, would the bullpen have been able to hold it? To answer my own question, hell no. Those pens simply weren’t deep enough.