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A Most Satisfying Win

It wasn’t spectacular, it wasn’t especially memorable, but the Yankees 4-2 win over the Blue Jays on Friday afternoon at Yankee Stadium was satisfying, a fine way to follow-up Thursday’s clunker. Roy Halladay will pitch the Yankee Doodle Dandy affair tomorrow, so today’s “w” was a good start to this four-game series.


AJ Burnett had good control and threw seven strong innings, allowing just two runs on six hits and a couple of walks.  His record is now 7-4 with a 3.83 ERA. The two Phils–Coke and Hughes, teamed-up to get three outs in the eighth and That Man Rivera, the old gunslinger, pitched a one-two-three ninth, striking out two batters. Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez hit solo homers to bookend the Yankee scoring–they got two more on a bases loaded walk and a wild pitch.

Just before Rodriguez homered into the right center field seats, I ate a couple of sour cherries that I bought last week. They were plump and juicy, like a fat grape, but the taste was pure cherry–tart and sour. It was almost carnal and I savored them as I watched the dinger. How sweet it is, I thought. It got even sweeter watching Rivera, the most graceful, elegant and efficient player I’ve had the pleasure to watch.


It doesn’t get old. In fact, Rivera is like a fine wine–each outing seems even sweeter now more than ever before. To think, he suffered blowing a save in Game 7 of the 2001 World Serious. That game could have finished a guy, buried his career, even a player of Rivera’s stature. Instead, he got better after that. He’s older, he’s given up some runs this year but he’s whiffed 42 batters in 33.2 innings. Oh yeah, he’s walked three guys.

Has any player ever given us Yankee fans the same feeling that Rivera has? I think not. He’s “the one.” We all know enough to be grateful. We’ll never see the likes of him again.

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1 RIYank   ~  Jul 3, 2009 11:10 pm

Yep, that was vintage Rivera. You could watch the archive of the ninth with your computer on 'mute'. Nothing against Kay and Cone that inning, but watching it in silence seems appropriate.

I just got back from watching the SWB Yankees beat the PawSox. It was a tight pitchers' duel until a salami by Dunder Mifflin CF Colin Curtis in the eighth blew it open. Shelley came within a left fielder's leap of a home run, AJax drove a pitch 400 feet for an out, and Ramiro Pena played second base. Molina seemed a bit uninterested in the game.
Then, fireworks! Very impressive. I do wish the accompanying music wasn't so heavy on the martial theme, though. Patriotic fervor is fine at 4th of July celebrations, but why does patriotism have to involve the Marines? Well, anyway, it was a good time.

2 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Jul 3, 2009 11:32 pm

Watching the archived mlb.com game now, looking forward to Mo!

Bringing anything related to the military to a baseball stadium is very offensive to me..alas, mine is a minority opinion on that..most people do equate patriotism with glorifying the military..fine for a parade but not at the game please!

3 Rich   ~  Jul 3, 2009 11:56 pm

Since Rivera got a week off after he pitched on June 16th, he hasn't let up a run and has only given up one hit.

4 Just Fair   ~  Jul 4, 2009 1:52 am

True dat.

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