And Friends of the Blog, John and Peggy, got to meet up before the game and see all the excitement.
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What John and Peggy got to see was small ball, long ball, good defense, misplays and errors, steals, even a warning and a couple of ejections. That’s an interesting combo for a Sunday afternoon.
Best of all, the Yankees won the series, shoved the Rays down the ladder and can take the next day off feeling good about things.
Here’s what I felt good about:
- Nunez’s running game. I realized how much the Yanks have missed having someone speedy. He made some nice plays on defense too.
- More RBIs from Jeter and A-Rod, our “senior citizens.”
- Russell Martin’s resurgence at the plate.
- Having David Phelps in the bullpen.
- Dave Robertson looking more like Dave Robertson.
- Soriano untucking after the save and not making an adventure out of it.
Here’s what I wasn’t thrilled about:
- Moore throwing over Granderson’s head. I had steam coming out of my ears and was grateful Grandy was quick enough to duck out of the way.
- The ump issuing warnings to both teams. Why not just eject a pitcher that throws at a guy’s head, intentional or otherwise? I know, I know. The warnings are to prevent the other team from retaliating. But to me, a better idea is to send the culprit to the showers.
- Kuroda not pitching well with the nice lead. Maybe he prefers having zero run support?
- The A-Rod error. It could have been costly, but wasn’t, thankfully.
- Hearing Michael Kay say that Mo was at the game but not having the YES cameras show him.
On balance, today’s win was about the Yankees looking like the Yankees again.