OK, I have to fess up. The photo is from 2011 after the Yankees clinched their postseason berth and I went into the shower with the bottle of champagne and the runny mascara down my eyes. I didn’t have the energy to stage another photo last night, plus it was more fun watching the Yankees, particularly the Baby Bombers like Murphy, Refsnyder and Bird, take part in the champagne spraying-and-soaking ritual. And there was the fact that I was exhausted from wondering, after the Boston series, if they’d even win the Wild Card. They kept losing. They kept falling short. They kept looking flat or beat up or just not into it. But they pulled it together last night behind a solid performance from CC and a really solid one from Warren, along with timely homers, including those from the Baby Bombers. And now they’re officially the American League Wild Card team, poised for a one-game playoff on Tuesday night.
Girardi has already designated Tanaka for the job of starter for the big game. This makes me nervous. He can be so dominant, but he has a tendency to give up early runs, especially homers and especially lately. I hope to God he’s sharp because in the postseason you’re facing exceptional pitchers who don’t give up runs. Here are my other main hopes:
- That A-Rod is the A-Rod of the first half of the season.
- That Gardner emerges from his fog.
- That Ellsbury isn’t hurt.
- That Headley doesn’t keep making Chuck Knoblauch-type throws to first.
- That Greg Bird hits even more homers than he has already.
- That Betances and Miller get into the game, which would mean we have a lead, and pitch perfectly.
As for this weekend in Baltimore, rain or no rain, it’ll be nice for the older guys to rest and just enjoy their few days off. Same for me. It’s my anniversary on Sunday and I intend to relax before the stomach-churning of Tuesday night.