YANKEE STADIUM ON A LATE SUMMER NIGHT
MIKE AND SARAH ARE SITTING IN SECTION 418, WATCHING AS THE NEW YORK YANKEES TAKE ON THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS. THE GAME IS TIED 1-1 IN THE SEVENTH INNING AND THE MUCH-MALIGNED ALEX RODRIGUEZ STEPS IN TO FACE GEORGE KONTOS WITH TWO OUTS AND THE BASES LOADED.
This is a huge spot. Knowing A-Rod he’ll probably blow it.
Have some faith, Mike. I’m feeling grand slam.
(laughs at his girlfriend)
You wanna bet?
Sure. If A-Rod goes deep, you have to do the dishes for a week.
And if he doesn’t, you do my laundry this week.
Let’s seal it with a –
ON THE FOURTH PITCH OF THE AT BAT ALEX RODRIGUEZ HITS A GRAND SLAM INTO SECTION 104 OF YANKEE STADIUM, JUST IN FRONT OF THE BLEACHERS. BOTH MIKE AND SARAH CHEER ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE CROWD BUT SARAH’S SMILE IS JUST A LITTLE BIT BIGGER.
Have fun doing the dishes!
(pouts then high fives and kisses his girlfriend)
Yeah, yeah, yeah…
So that was an interesting game, eh?
CC Sabathia pitched well, pitched deep into the game and he kept the Giants at bay only allowing one run on seven hits with four strikeouts. He also walked three but luckily escaped trouble.
The Yankees struck first thanks to an Alfonso Soriano solo shot in the bottom of the second – his first home run since injuring his thumb in Baltimore. And the Giants scored a run in the top of the third on a Juan Perez RBI double.
The game was tied until that seventh inning when Tim Lincecum started the inning by giving up a single to Eduardo Nunez. He got Lyle Overbay swinging but Nunez stole second while Brendan Ryan was up. Then Lincecum hit Ryan with a pitch to put runners at first and second with one out.
After a visit to the mound, J.R. Murphy stepped in with the chance to be hero and while he hit the ball hard, he hit it to Pablo Sandoval who stepped on third for the force out to get Nunez. Ryan advanced to second and Murphy was on at first. Lincecum walked Ichiro Suzuki to load the bases and George Kontos, who was part of the Chris Stewart deal, came in to try and get the third out.
Instead, A-Rod hit the 24th grand slam of his career, passing Lou Gehrig for number one all time on that list and thus angering just about everyone on Earth except me and a select group of people who wouldn’t care if Alex Rodriguez came to bat with steroid needles sticking out of his arse.