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Yankees 6, Devil Rays 3
Posted By Alex Belth On July 11, 2004 @ 9:21 am In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled
It was Old Timer’s Day  at Yankee Stadium yesterday, which is equal parts fun, nostalgic , sanctimonious and pathetic. Luis Sojo  ended the game with a home run to left field off of Ron Guidry . Sojo styled his way around the bases like Reggie Jackson and everyone had a good laugh.
The Yankees were down 2-0  in the regular game  when the slumping Alex Rodriguez tied the score with a monstrous blast  that landed in the left field upper deck. Good grrruh, it a man-sized homer  and Rodriguez knew it immediately. It must give a hitter the kind of feeling that Popeye felt when a spinach-fix hit him in the biceps. Good Lord. When Rodriguez got to home plate he let out an “Oh yeah!” rebel yell as he high-fived Jason Giambi.
The old Cardinals teams of the sixties were famous for keeping each other in line. If a rookie had a terrific day and started talking with his chest puffed out to reporters or teammates after the game, Bob Gibson or Dick Groat or Curt Flood would sharply remind them to keep it in perspective. What’s the old saying? Don’t get too high when you win or too low when you lose, right?
In his own way, Derek Jeter  did something similar to Rodriguez yesterday. Just making sure A Rod’s head didn’t start to swell. Shortly after he hit the blast, Jeter strutted along the Yankee dugout mocking Rodriguez’s celebration at home plate. He finished his comedy routine by sitting next to a smiling Rodriguez. This is a role that Tim Raines once played for the Yankees. How many guys could get away with busting Rodriguez’s chops like that? (Rodriguez grounded into a double play and struck out in his last two at bats.)
The score remained tied at two until the seventh when, you guessed it, Derek Jeter broke the game open with a two-out double which scored three runs. (Jeter would advance to third and then score on an error.) Although Tom Gordon gave up a run in the eighth, Mariano Rivera  worked a scoreless ninth for the Yankees’ third straight win. Jon Lieber  pitched effectively again, scattering hits, throwing strikes  and working out of trouble. The Bombers lead over Boston  holds steady at six games after the Red Sox  won their fifth straight yesterday.
Mike Mussina  was scheduled to start this afternoon, but has been scratched due to a sore elbow. This makes way for the return of one of my favorite all-time Yankee pitchers, El Duque . Orlando Hernandez  has been rehabbing with the Columbus Clippers  of late. I have no idea if he’ll have anything today, but it sure will be fun to see the Yankees’ International Man of Mystery  back in the pinstripes.
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URLs in this post:
 Old Timer’s Day: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spyold113888364jul11,0,7443640.story?coll=ny-yankees-print
 nostalgic: http://www.sptimes.com/2004/07/11/Rays/Piniella_reflects_fon.shtml
 Luis Sojo: http://www.futilityinfielder.com/wall_sojo1.html
 Ron Guidry: http://www.nypost.com/sports/yankees/17916.htm
 down 2-0: http://www.sptimes.com/2004/07/11/Rays/Lou_still_happy_with_.shtml
 regular game: http://rays.tbo.com/rays/MGBN7X0KIWD.html
 a monstrous blast: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/211027p-181814c.html
 a man-sized homer: http://www.nypost.com/sports/yankees/17918.htm
 Derek Jeter: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/211036p-181818c.html
 Mariano Rivera: http://www.nypost.com/sports/yankees/17915.htm
 strikes: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/gameLog?gameId=240710110
 Boston: http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2004/07/11/hitting_on_all_cylinders/
 Red Sox: http://redsox.bostonherald.com/redSox/view.bg?articleid=35181
 Mike Mussina: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spynotes113888363jul11,0,3065416.story?coll=ny-yankees-print
 El Duque: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/211035p-181816c.html
 Orlando Hernandez: http://www.tuftsprimarysource.org/issues/20/08/duke.of.havana.html
 Columbus Clippers: http://cliffordsbrb.blogspot.com/archives/2004_07_04_cliffordsbrb_archive.html#108943646715201907
 International Man of Mystery: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spduque113888362jul11,0,739435.story?coll=ny-yankees-print
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