Yes, Ninja Ichiro’s leaping, stretching dance at home plate was entertaining and gave us a run. Perhaps he has a future as a performer in Cirque du Soleil when his baseball days are over.
Meanwhile, Andy Pettitte deserved better than tonight’s loss. He was great except for that unpleasant patch in the third inning, and he wasn’t helped by his teammates’ offense or defense.
Speaking of which, what an odd occurrence that Jeter had errors in consecutive games and that Tex had his own in this one. Sloppy, boys. Sloppy.
And then there was the offense. Euwww. It seems that we need Ibanez in the lineup; I thought we might see him in the ninth batting for the hapless A-Rod. And Swisher is now something like 1-for 35 in the postseason? I think it’s safe to say he won’t be with the Yanks in 2013.
But the truth is I feel lucky to get out of Baltimore with the split, given how competitively the Orioles have played the Yankees all year long. Supposedly, the next couple of games are where the home field advantage kicks in, so I expect the setting in the Bronx to matter. We kept hearing from the TBS crew how loud the fans at Camden Yards were. (Craig Sager’s sport jacket was even louder, but I digress.) I hope the Yankee fans in attendance starting Wednesday night will show everybody how it’s done. Bald Vinny will lead the charge.