I had a quite a few choices for this number. I could have gone the easy route and just written about John Flaherty. Or I could have gone old school and written about Gene Michael, Mickey Rivers or Oscar Gamble.
Instead, I’m focusing on a performance by a man who wasn’t in Pinstripes long – he came over in a trade deadline move and played with the Yankees until the sixth game of the 2010 American League Championship Series when they lost to Texas, ending their Championship reign and allowing the chance for another team – the San Francisco Giants – to take home the World Series trophy.
That man was Lance Berkman and the performance came in Game Two of the 2010 Division Series against the Minnesota Twins.
It was Thursday October 7 and the Yankees already had a 1-0 lead in the series.
I was manning my Twitter account and live tweeting the game with my fellow Yankee fan followers like I did that whole postseason.
When Berkman came up to bat in the top of the 5th inning, I jokingly tweeted, “Here comes Lance Berkman’s True Yankee moment.” It was my way of predicting a home run.
Truthfully, I did it as a goof because so many Yankee fans hold onto to the notion that a player doesn’t become a “True Yankee” or “earn his Pinstripes” until he does something clutch in the regular season or hits a big playoff home run.
Well, Berkman must have felt my energy or something because he ending up hitting a home run in that at bat. I began getting a lot of tweets from freaked out followers who couldn’t believe I called the home run. It was pretty hilarious.
Berkman added an RBI double to put the Yankees in the lead in the seventh inning and they went on to win the next two games to sweep the series and move on to the ALCS.
Alas, Berkman didn’t remain a Yankee, he signed with the Cardinals that offseason and went on to win a ring with them but for that brief time in 2010, Lance Berkman was a “True Yankee.”