I take full credit for the weekend series win against the Rays at the Stadium. Why? Because when I went to see the two teams tee off at the Trop last Saturday night, the Yanks lost and I vowed to stop jinxing them. Even though this weekend’s series was televised on our local sports network here in Tampa/St. Pete, I did not watch on Friday night and the Yanks won. Yesterday, I couldn’t help myself and turned on the TV – and we lost. Today I compromised by listening to the audio only and we won.
And it was a satisfying win to say the least. Following the Rays’ playbook and trotting out a bunch of relievers instead of using a starter, the Yanks were dealing in risky business. And with the score tied at 5-5, I was sweating. But the boys prevailed 13-5.
It amazes me how this cast of mostly supporting players has rallied together to put themselves in first place, even if it doesn’t last long. Gardner, Hicks and Sanchez had a nice offensive day, but it’s the no-names who impress me the most. Kudos to Cashman – and I don’t usually “kudos” him – for pulling together guys like LeMahieu, Morales, Urshela, Estrada, Maybin and, of course, Voit.
As the team heads down to Baltimore for four games, I hope the winning will continue. Let’s go, Yankees. Clap clap clap.