Can one falling flare off the bat of Johnny Damon change the course of a season? How about one lazer home run off the bat of Derek Jeter three pitches later? Before that half-inning yesterday at Shea, EVERYTHING seemed to be going against the Yankees… every bounce of the ball… every crazy umpire’s call… every injury to a pitcher… every slump to every player happening at exactly the same time.
Yes, I believe that a half-inning can change things in a sport that is as unpredictable as it is beautiful. The baseball gods have been frowning on the Yankees all season, and FINALLY a ball fell in yesterday, igniting a four-run inning and maybe – just maybe – an incredible team that had begun to feel sorry for itself, like no Yankees team ever should.
And, let me take this time to say thank you, Mr. Clippard. What didn’t you do yesterday to help your teammates remember who they play for? As many times as I’ve heard the mantra repeated over and over by “the experts”, good pitching really does change the game. Confidence was the feeling I got from every pitch out of Tyler’s hand, and quite obviously, so did the Yankees.
It’s time to remember, New York. Tonight it’s time to begin three more games against the Red Sox. Step up.
Oh yeah, and despite the lack of any big hits of late, A-Rod has hit two home runs in the last two games… maybe it’s time for his resurgence as well?