Well, so the spark wasn’t an A-bomb and the gem wasn’t thrown by Kaarstens – poor kid – but I was close. A much-needed gem was pitched by Kei Igawa today, and A-Rod picked up his struggling closer with a bare-handed play on a slow roller in the ninth. This was a team win across the board, and a state of normalcy returned to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. We need the ability to win 3-1 games going forward, and today was a textbook example.
In truth though, when Kaarstens went down on the first pitch of the game, the groans ran rampant through the stands. However, when Mr. K got Big Papi to hit into a HUGE double-play, and eventually escaped the first inning without giving up a run, you could sense a turning point happening for the pitcher – and quite possibly for the Yankees. I think Jason Giambi said it the best after the game:
“I was hoping, when he came in, this could be a big turning point for him and us. I hope it’s that time. We’ll look back 60 games down the road or whatever and say, ‘Wow, that was the time that really turned it around for us.’”
Here’s to winning baseball for the next 60 games, so we can all look back and realize Jason was right!
And as for Project A13, I heard no boos at the Stadium this afternoon, even though A-Rod has cooled off a bit, and even though the Yankees and their fans have been frustrated of late. It was heartening, to say the least, as was the amount of people rising to their feet for each of his at-bats. Progress on all fronts yesterday in the Bronx.
For all of you attending today’s rubber-match against the Sox, TRY TO GET A SIGN ON TV!!!