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Flirting with Disaster

And so…

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.

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1 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 16, 2013 7:42 pm

Great pics! I missed Mariano vs Pujols, will have to get that on tonight.

2 RIYank   ~  Jun 16, 2013 8:04 pm

That first picture is just beautiful and absorbing.

3 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 16, 2013 8:23 pm

3) Happy accident, dissolve shot caught at the right moment.

4 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 16, 2013 9:15 pm

I checked out in the 7th at 5-0 to hang with the family. I checked my phone a few hours later as a courtesy and saw 6-5. What. The. Fuck. Glad I missed this ending. lol...

5 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 16, 2013 10:19 pm

Well, damn!

I didn't think there were any other SoCal Banterers.

Not that I could have made today's game, given prior commitments, but still, it's good to know!

Where you live Hank?

6 Boatzilla   ~  Jun 16, 2013 11:40 pm

Pujols went way around though. No doubt about it.

It was one of those swings were the wrists never break, but the bat goes through the entire strike zone and then some.

High drama.

7 Boatzilla   ~  Jun 16, 2013 11:46 pm

Off topic, but I just noticed that the Wangster threw 7 shutout innings against the Rangers in Texas yesterday.

I hope we get to see the real Michael Pineda this year.

8 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 17, 2013 7:24 am

Wait a second..this greedy, criminal fuck Michael Milken is now the Good Samaritan helping people with cancer? Jesus..can the Yankees and YES be anymore out of touch, bringing in a Wall St thief as a guest??? I feel ill, going to skip rest of this inning.

9 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 17, 2013 8:21 am

Wild ending, glad did not see this live!
So many Yankee fans in the Big A..

Oh, why did Scioscia not pinch hit Hamilton? Kay mentioned that as being odd, unless he's hurt again..

10 RagingTartabull   ~  Jun 17, 2013 9:04 am

[8] yeah, the Mike Milken thing has been going on for years at this point. I've seen him in the FOX booth, ESPN, YES...he's just a model citizen apparently.

11 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 17, 2013 9:11 am

I wondered the same thing about Hamilton.

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