The Bombers bounced back and handled the Sox tonight actually winning a series! Walk before you run I guess.
I was very impressed with how the Yanks played the Sox this time around. They showed some edge. The A-Rod slide in game 2 was hard, probably dirty, but I thought it was appropriate. I'm glad he's showing some grit. If you can forgive the double plays, then its easy to see that Matsui is such a professional hitter isn't he? It is no coincidence that A-Rod has been picking it up since Matsui is hitting in front of him. Pettitte puts in yet another strong performance - he has returned as a leader. Looked like Damon had a little extra gas in his step as he was aggressive the entire series on the base paths. Cano has found the stroke again, and even our 1st basemen appears to be Major League stuff lately.
At the end of the day though - it is Jeter who is leading this team. Batting over .600 with runners in scoring position, hitting .367 on the season, busting out a triple in his final AB of this series - Simply put: he plays like a champion. Will his team follow his example and put a string of wins together and get back in this thing? - that is the question that is to be determined.
On Deck: The 2nd outing for Tyler Clippard. High hopes he can put in a repeat performance.
Two Sour Notes: I've been on board with Giambi the day he signed with the Yanks. I think my attachment to him has to do with the fact he helped me consistently beat my brother in baseball on Play Station - be that as it may, word is he failed a drug test - this time for speed. Caught once and apologize and turn a new leaf... OK fine - keep doping though, and you have to truly question the character of this guy. When you pile on the bad slump he's in, and the comments to USA Today - it's almost like he's daring the front office to void his contract. I hope this guy turns it around - cleanly.
Cashman commented to the press today that Carl Pavano is headed for Tommy John Surgery. When you take into consideration the recovery time from that procedure then it can be concluded he will not pitch for the pinstripes again. 19 starts over 3 season- we'll get more out of Clemens this year. The jack that the Yanks are paying Clemens is steep, however when taking into consideration productivity, it will clearly not be the most expensive. That honor now looks like it will belong to Carl Pavano - 19 starts - $40 million.