WRITTEN: Friday, August 7, 2009
The Yankees entered their home yesterday, satisfied, yet hungry - a rare combination.
You see, 5-4 on a road trip is rather good, especially when you play against the defending AL Champs, and a 4 game series against a city that has seen perfection recently (Tampa Bay & Chicago). We swept the short 2 game series vs. Toronto, because, well, they are not good. We forced "Doc" Halladay to surrender 3 HRs in one game for only the 8th time in his successful career, which ties a career high. We also accomplished an astounding feat against him, which he has only seen one other time in his career - the back to back home run.
As the Yanks returned to East 161st street last night, and "The Boys Are Back in Town" echoed on the stadium speakers, one thing was clear in front of the sellout 49,000+ in attendance - the Yankees were going to win this 4 game series against the Red Sox. It wouldn't be easy, it wouldn't be quick, but it was going to happen.
The Yankees entered 0-8 against Boston this season.
Down 3-1 in the Bottom of the 4th inning, one by one, the Yankees made Boston urk for every game we had lost - one at a time.
8 runs later, the Yankees led 9-3, and they never looked back.
John Smoltz's 8th start was disastrous for Boston. It gave the Yankees the only thing they needed to continue their season - a win over Boston. A big win.
August 6, 2009 was the type of game that one looks back on at the end of the season, and says - yeah, that's a turning point.
13-6 the final. 1-8 on the year. More to come.
Aside from the largest offensive output in a single inning in their new home, the Yankees successfully conveyed last night that although Boston has been winning the season series, the Yankees have their sights set on the World Series.
If one thing was clear after last night, it's that 1) David Ortiz was booed for his steroid allegations, but NY fans are conscious (for the most part) of the fact that ARod did the same thing. There were more important things on the line last night. Ortiz went 0-5, Youkilis struggled, but Pedroia was still in fine form.
The Yanks were able to shut down Boston, despite a poor start from Joba Chamberlain, who had a career high 7 walks.
As they say, though, a win, is a win.
The Yankees last night looked like the Yankees of old - the 1998, 1999, 2000 Yankees. The Yankees who entered a game, and no matter what the score, knew they were going to win. These Yankees are special. These Yankees are...destined.
It has been 8 seasons since the Yankees last won a World Series.