Our pal Hank Waddles was at the game today. He had great seats, given to him as a year-end present from his students (Hank teaches middle school in Southern California). We texted during the game, Hank and his son sitting five rows behind the Angels dugout, me in my kitchen in the Bronx, cooking for the week.
The Yanks saw a breezy 6-0 lead fall the fuck apart in the 9th. I’ll let Hank give you the dramatic rundown but here was the scene: Yanks 6, Angels 5, bases loaded, 2 out, Mariano Rivera vs. Albert Pujols.
And Mo strikes The Great Albert out on three pitches, the final a check swing.
Here’s how it looked on the YES replay. In the background to the right you can see a Yankee fan with his hands crossed and then cheering…
Our man Hank.
And a win. Hot Damn.