A Happy Ending, At Least

August 9th, 2013 by Jane Heller
Photo: REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

Photo: REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

No, there was no pie tonight, but Gardner did put the Yankees out of their 10th inning misery with his walk off single against the Tigers. He also bailed out Mo, who blew his second save in a row. I missed most of the game, but I didn’t miss Mo’s meltdown and I wish I did. Is he giving us a taste of what life will be like without him or simply showing his human fallibility?

I was surprised when I tuned in that we had three actual runs and were ahead in the game. Aren’t the Tigers supposed to be invincible? Guess not. Nova turned in yet another deserved-to-win performance, even though he navigated out of trouble almost every inning. That’s good news. But the offense was mostly its usual anemic self. A-Rod and Soriano were probably a combined 0-for-100, or so it must have seemed.

What to make of the cheers for A-Rod? My assumption is that fans were reacting to all the media reports that there would be booing and felt a backlash, even wanted to be protective or supportive of Alex, as if he’s been a victim of the big bad baseball commissioner. Whatever. If he continues to strike out in important situations, those cheers will turn to boos soon enough – PEDs or no PEDs.

 

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5 Responses to “A Happy Ending, At Least”

  1. Audrey says:

    I was getting ready for bed when Mo’s meltdown happened. I came out from brushing my teeth hoping to hear “Theeeeeee Yankees Win!” and instead heard that Miguel Cabrerra had just tied the game. I can’t say I was shocked though – I half-expected it.

    Of course I had to listen after that and was thrilled when Gardner came through and won the game for us. i shudder to think where we would be without him this season – even lower than we are!

    At least I went to bed happy but I should have gone to bed earlier because today is our annual sojourn to Yankee Stadium and we’ll be leaving the house in about an hour. Would have loved to have seen Nova pitch as he has always been a favorite of mine but we were dealt Hughsie. I sure hope the good Phil Hughes shows up!

  2. margaret says:

    YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!!

  3. Jane Heller says:

    Oh, Audrey. So today is your long trek to the Stadium? I remember meeting you there and I think Hughes was pitching that day too. It was raining and he only lasted an inning or so but we had all those grand slams. Maybe the same will happen today (only Hughes will pitch better). Have fun.

    Ditto, Peg!

  4. Freya says:

    I was at the game last night with my sister and we sat in the bleachers – a place where we had never been. It was so much fun. There was an Ichiro look alike sitting there. This guy was dressed like Ichiro, he looked just like Ichiro and he had his mannerisms down pat. He sat there stoicly and even did some Ichiro stretches. When I got there I did a double take, thinking how could Ichiro be sitting there. Everyone else was baffled too. This guy played to the bleacher crowd and cameras were going off for him constantly. It was so much fun. We sat near Bald Vinny and did the roll call. Because of the rain delay, we left after the 7th inning since we have a two hour trip home. We found out on the train that Mo blew the lead and that Gardener saved the game. It was a sellout and of course there were cheers and boos for A-Rod. All in all we had a real fun experience.

  5. Jane Heller says:

    Sounds like fun, Freya. I would loved to have seen the Ichiro impersonator.