Friday, April 17, 2009
5 Booms + 4 Good Relievers = 1 Yankee Win
Muuuuuuuuch better. Joba Chamberlain did not have a good start, but four relievers -- starting with yesterday's much maligned Phil Coke (but no smile) and ending with the Silent Assassin, Mariano Rivera, did the job, and five homers -- by Johnny Damon, Mark Teixeira, Melky Cabrera, Robinson Cano and Derek Jeter -- led the way this afternoon.
Yankees 6, Indians 5. 6-5 also happens to be the Yankees record effective with this game. Not great, but better than it could be.
Now, no one can ever again -- at least, not for another few decades -- say that the Yankees have never won at their current home park. The strange thing is, for the 1st time in 31 years, the truth is that I have never seen a game at the home park of the New York Yankees. Hopefully, I'll be able to remedy that soon.
The bats have been getting the job done. It's the pitching that's been the problem. You gotta have good pitching. Maybe it's not 75 percent of baseball like the old adage goes (or is that an "old axiom"? or an "old wives' tale"?), but it's pretty damn important.
I still didn't want to leave the old Stadium. But everything I've actually seen of the new Stadium on TV and in newspapers looks fantastic. And most of the TV shots, looking at the batter, and around the outfield wall (the ads can certainly be arranged the same), look a lot like the Stadium I knew -- even if the Stadium I knew hadn't had the facade/frieze/whatever the correct term is around the rim since 1973.
Keep it coming, Pinstripes. And let's go Devils tonight in Game 2 against the Canes!