Friday, October 2, 2015
Posted by Alphonso at 1:38 PM
In the end, they knew the Yankees are going no where, and that the future belongs to the red socks, so they threw the Yankees a bone. After all, it is fitting that the greatest franchise in our world should win their 10,000 game against their long-standing rival. It just seems the right balance for baseball.
So a lot of the regulars sat out the game for Boston. Likewise for the Yankees, though their rationale is harder to fathom.
CC pitched like the old professional that he is; Adam Warren proved his mettle as a long reliever; and Dellin got to close out the biggest game of his young career. The Yankees won the game with home runs. This is their only path to scoring. But Kudos to Carlos, Bird and Refsnyder ( he crushed it ).
The contributions of Bird and Refsnyder, along with Severino, Didi, and John Ryan Murphy are positives for next season, regardless of what happens on Tuesday night. I also have high hopes for Nathan Eovaldi, unless he needs surgery. He is still young and was about our best pitcher this year.
Can Aaron Judge and Slade Heathcott emerge? And we have to buy a new Greg Nettles for third base.
Anyway, they all helped us get to the playoffs for the first time in a "coon's age, " as El Duque likes to say. A one game play-in is not exactly like being named the Prom King, but it is a ticket into the dance hall where, they say, anything can happen. One can get lucky.
So let's all raise a glass of the finest whiskey we can find, and toast this melange of coaches and players who got us here. It will be fun, even if it, "gets late early," again on Tuesday eve.
Today, it is only Friday.