Last night, I flipped to the Yankee game after Dancing with the Stars (more on that later) and sadly saw that in the bottom of the 9th inning, it was 5 to 4, Pittsburgh. Effing Pittsburgh. Derek Jeter grounded out. But wait! Bernie drew a walk! Then Sheffield got on, but Bernie was thrown out on a fielder's choice. Great, two outs. But wait! A-Rod singles and Shef scoots to third! Jorge! Double to left and Shef comes home! We're tied! Wooooo! But wait. A-Rod gets tagged out at home. And this puppy is going to the 10th. And with the way the Yanks have been handling extra innings, that's not good.
Mo faces 4 hitters at the top of the 10th and we're safe. Tino gets a walk in the bottom of the 10th, and then.... redemption. Giambi hits a walk-off homer and the Yanks win 7 to 5. That means the Yanks are back at .500. In your face, Phil! That's what you get for snarking about my team being below .500 the other day. Whose team is under .500 now, hmmm?
I've never been a huge Giambi fan. Liana has a love for him because he hit a grand slam in extra innings on her birthday a couple of years back when he first joined the team. With the whole 'roid thing, I was hoping he'd get the old heave ho. But, I'm a sucker for a redemptive story line.... especially if it gets the Yanks back even.
At the end of the game, it was as energized as I've seen the Bronx's boys of summer in quite awhile. I'm hoping this will translate to another run of good ball playing.