The presence of Valentine is one thing, but what this rivalry really needed was a game like we saw yesterday, a late afternoon slugfest on national television that saw the Red Sox on the loser’s end of an epic comeback as the Yankees dug themselves out of a 9-0 hole. Making things even more dramatic was the fact that while the Yankees were in the early stages of this comeback, Phillip Humber just happened to be on the verge of throwing a perfect game against the inept Seattle Mariners lineup and Fox, rightfully so, decided to cut away from what appeared to be a laugher to show Humber complete the 21st perfect game in Major League history. After being able to witness history in Seattle, fans were able to watch history being made in Bean Town as the Yankees had closed the gap to 9-5 while Humber was doing his thing. When Fox resumed their coverage Mark Teixeira was at the plate with the ability to close the gap to 9-8 with a single swing of the bat, which he promptly did by hitting an OPPOSITE FIELD HOME RUN. n April! That’s like seeing a shooting star, winning the lottery, and getting struck by lightning at the same time.
The Yankees completed the comeback with a big eighth inning and turned it into a laugher that will almost assuredly become a “Yankees Classic.” Typically I like to get on MLB’s case when they decide to schedule these series so early in the season instead of when they mean something in the midst of pennant race, but this game shot some life back into what was a listless rivalry recently. I hope Terry Francona is having a rally beer and a ten-piece at the ESPN studios because this game had to be more entertaining to him than a season’s worth of Tim Kurkjian impressions.
Notes and Observations:
“Not so Steady Freddy”:
Freddy Garcia‘s 2011 season is looking like more and more of an anomaly each time he takes the mound as this had to be his worst start to date, not even making it out of the 2nd inning. Garcia’s final line was 7 hits, 5 earned over 1.2 innings and yet the only injustice is that he didn’t even get the loss thanks to an offensive explosion. Hopefully Andy Pettitte keeps making progress because there is no way the Yankees can continue to spot him 15 runs every time out.
Tex’ April Thaw:
Man oh man, was that a beautiful sight to see Mark Teixeira finally hitting again in April? Here’s the kicker: not only was he clutch, but his big home run was an opposite field jack over the Monster. Happy Birthday Fenway! According to Ken Rosenthal that was the first time he has hit an opposite field from the left side of the plate in almost two years.
The new and improved slimmer Nick Swisher is making his case for a long-term contract as he plated a career-high six runs while going 3 for 6 and hitting that pivotal Grand Slam that set the comeback in motion. On the year, Swisher is batting .283 with 4 homers and 20 RBI’s, which leads the team. Rock on, Swish.