September 25, 2005
September 25th vs. The Blue Jays
A nice little comeback victory on Bernie Appreciation Day at the Stadium really hits the spot today.
For those who missed it at the very end of the YES Post-game, Bernie's comment, when asked about the fans today, was funny. He said it was a lot different today than back in 1991 when they were yelling "Go back to Columbus!" at him. Good memory Bernie.
To the game, what can be said about Obi Wang that has not been said already? Wang, Small, and Chacón have been the glue to this Yankees comeback this season. Amazing - three guys not on the Yankees radar this April. You never really know in baseball, do you?
And, it was nice to see Sheffield play RF and blast a HR. This would be an excellent time for him to go on a roll and hit something like 8 homers in seven days. Camden and Fenway are the perfect parks for him too.
So, now, it's a seven game season. Why do I think that I'm not going to be sleeping very well this week?
It really bothers me that Boston swept the O's - for two reasons. First, there's the obvious one. But, secondly, Baltimore has now lost eight games in a row - and five of them have been by one-run. By virtue of the laws of probability alone, they're due for a fluke win over the next four games.
To be honest, when I factor this in, it just adds to the not so warm and fuzzy feeling that I'm starting to get about this race.
At this minute, I truly feel that the Yankees need to be tied or up by one or two, going into Fenway, to have a chance at this.
If New York is down by one, maybe they can take 2 of 3 in Fenway and force a tiebreaker - and that's a big "maybe." If they're down by two, they need a sweep to win. With Wakefield on Sunday, they're not going to sweep. (And, if anyone is up by two going into Fenway, it's either win or lose - and there can be no tie.) And, if the Yankees are down by three, they would need a sweep just to tie.
Of course, as we learned last year, over the course of a few games, anything can happen. So, I would never be placing any bets on any of this.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at September 25, 2005 04:48 PM
I totally agree Steve. The odds of a team getting swept in three straight series are very low, and it's especially unlikely when two of them are against the same team. That being said, the same can be said for Toronto, who happens to play at the Fens rather well. It's going to all come down to Sunday (of next week I mean), and that is just about more than my feeble heart can handle.
Posted by: brad at September 25, 2005 07:03 PM
We need to win this series, and hope that Toronto plays to win. The Orioles are disengaged and don't want to play anymore. It wouldn't surprise me if we swept. Toronto wants to play spoiler, they have embraced the role and will play well. Nice if they could split. That would give us the 2 game edge, and if we win Friday it's over.
Posted by: Scott Coulter at September 25, 2005 09:10 PM
The rookies wore cheerleader uniforms today.
Posted by: Jen at September 25, 2005 09:22 PM
Man, too bad. That's been done before: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1891804
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at September 25, 2005 10:42 PM