If Mark Teixeira doesn’t beat you, then Alex Rodriguez will. If Alex Rodriguez doesn’t beat you, then Jorge Posada will. And if Teixeira, Rodriguez, and Posada don’t beat you, then Hideki Matsui will.
Playing in perhaps his final game as a New York Yankee, Matsui went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, a single, and six RBI, as the Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 to win their 27th championship.
Matsui did the majority of his damage against Phillies’ starter Pedro Martinez, who didn’t have much last night. Martinez, who was pitching on five days rest, which was short rest for him, really couldn’t get going.
In the second inning, after walking Rodriguez to lead off the inning, Martinez missed his spot by at least four inches to Matsui on a 3-2 pitch and Matsui promptly hit one into the right-field seats.
In the third inning, with the bases loaded and two outs, Matsui came up to the plate again. And again Martinez missed his spot. Martinez, trying to throw a fastball high and outside, threw a fastball outside, but not high enough.
Matsui served a single to left-centerfield to make the score 4-1 and that was the back breaker in my opinion.
While Matsui was driving in the runs, Andy Pettitte wasn’t allowing any runs to the Phillies. So much for not being able to pitch on three days rest.
Pettitte pitched with a bend, but don’t break mentality last night. Pettitte walked five and gave up four hits over 5.2 innings, but never gave up the big hit.
Here are some other observations from last night:
The Phillies' biggest fear in this World Series came to light last night: Nobody except Cliff Lee could win a game for the Phillies.
After Matusi’s two-run single in the third, I couldn’t believe Charlie Manuel left Martinez in the game to face Posada.
Ryan Howard struck out for a 13th time last night breaking Willie Wilson’s World Series record of 12 set back in 1980.
I can’t believe that more was not made of Shane Victorino’s misplay on the Derek Jeter line drive in the third. That was a huge play. The way the Yankees were playing, you can’t give them four outs in an inning.
Great job last night by Chad Durbin keeping it close. 0.1 innings, two hits, one walk, and three runs.
While Matsui might have won the World Series MVP award, Damaso Marte was just as valuable in this series.
Marte’s strikeout of Chase Utley in the seventh was the nail in the coffin for the Phillies.
Of course, Marte came on to clean up Joba Chamberlain’s mess. How many times did I have to write that this postseason. Someone explain to me why Chamberlain is the most hyped pitcher in the game again?
Melky Cabrera has a World Series ring and Barry Bonds, Ted Williams, Ernie Banks, and Don Mattingly don’t. Unreal.
Back in March, Gary Sheffield was deciding between the New York Mets and Phillies. The Phillies really could have used him as their DH in this series.
Both teams were playing eight on eight tonight. Brett Gardner = automatic out for the Yankees. Ben Francisco = automatic out for the Phillies.
The Yankees become the first team since the 1991 Minnesota Twins to win a World Series using a three-man pitching staff.
5,000 kids in Long Island, who were Mets fans yesterday, are now Yankee fans today. They came into class today wearing red Yankee hats and a fake Chamberlain jersey.
Matsui will be replaced in the Yankees’ lineup next year by Matt Holliday. Damon will move to DH.
Now all of a sudden Joe Girardi is a genius.
Yankees’ President Randy Levine said in his postgame interview that George Steinbrenner was the first owner to go into Japan when they signed Matsui. Somebody should tell him A. Hideki Irabu played for the Yankees in 1997 and B. Ichiro Suzuki came into the league two years before Matsui.
How many times did the Yankees’ front office try to get rid of Pettitte over the last 10 years? Just proving that they are good business men but terrible baseball men.
Pedro Feliz killed the Phillies this game. Three times up with RISP and 0-for-3. He gets a hit in any of those AB’s, it’s a different game.
How awesome was Carlos Ruiz this postseason? Just awesome. Such a good little player.
Raul Ibanez had a tremendous AB versus Rivera in the eighth inning. He worked hard for that double.
For the final out of the World Series, the Yankees had Jerry Hairston Jr., Gardner, and Nick Swisher in the outfield. Just goes to show you, you never know who is going to play a role in the World Series in April.
Well, with that the baseball season officially comes to an end. I’ll be doing a year in review in the upcoming days and I will be doing a what to look for this offseason post as well.
It’s one in the morning and I need some sleep. Have a good night folks.