Treats, not tricks, for Yanks in Game 3

swisher250.jpgWorld Series Game Three, Halloween night, and the Yanks are loose down the ‘pike  in Philadelphia.

Andy Pettitte, the afterthought, the complimentary player, the maybe-number-five starter last offseason, earns a come-from-behind swing game win to become the winningest postseason pitcher in baseball history. Adios, John Smoltz. And, not to forget, while coming from behind ties the game for himself with his bat. Scary to think where the Yanks would be without him.

Alex Rodriguez, booed just for breathing in the past, embarrassed last offseason, in surgery during spring training, returning with a bang to wake up the Yanks in May, becoming the biggest bat all postseason, shows up now with another bang, his first World Series hit also his first World Series homerun, tying Bernie Williams for most homers in Yankee postseason history and sending still another wakeup call to the Yankee offense.

Nick Swisher, starts the season on the bench, becomes a regular by necessity, gets two big hits and catches for every big bungle all year long, does very little that’s big at the plate through the postseason, benched in Game 2 of the World Series, first doubles and goes barreling home on Pettitte’s single in the fifth, helps him tie the game and then earns the win with a go-ahead solo shot in the sixth. There you have it: Nick Swisher, the Redemption Kid, outslugs Rocky Balboa on a Yank-haunted Saturday night in Philly.

Meanwhile Damon starts looking demonic. Matsui rises late to stomp Myers, Godzilla in the flesh, while the Phanatic cringes out of sight in his costume.

Enter Joba and Marte. Then Hughes, who’s sorta okay. And finally Rivera, his devilish cutter sending the crowd home in graveyard silence.

World Series Game Three, Phillies tricked and not treated.

Yankees win, up 2-1 in a best of seven that has become a best of four.

A happy Halloween for the boys in pinstripes.

4 Comments

JP,
My treat was seeing Rollin’s “tricky” tongue being laid to rest again. He mocked after game 2 about seeing Mo again and getting his his hits off of him. And what was the result? He made the last out on a lazy pop up. He also said the Phils win in 5 and that’s not going to happen so now all the Yanks need to do is make sure the Phils don’t win in 6 because that’s when Rollins stated it would mean the Phils were being kind to the Yanks. Confidence and conceit are not the same thing. Rollins is conceited but the Yanks display confidence. Nuff said.

what a weekend! pettitte finds a way and helps his own cause with some offense, favre wins in his return to lambeau, and yankee bats wake up to take game four!

mvp candidates??? in my opinion, with everyone contributing in some way every game, its wide open. however, i would point out jeter is batting .412; matsui .500 in limited action with 2 homeruns and rbi’s; and posada .308 and leading the team in the series with 5 rbi’s. mariano is always a contender and a dominate performance by either aj to clinch in game five or pettitte in game six could sway votes their way as well. should be interesting…

on a side note…due to illness, a friend offered to pick up what i needed for the chicken nachos, but bought the wrong things, which changed our menu for the game one loss. of course they returned for games 2-4, all wins so when my son saw me marinating steaks tonight, he got a panicked look on his face and asked if we needed to go to the store.

now twelve, my son only knows about the yankees championship years from books, yankees classics, and dvd collections. as much fun as it has been to watch these world series games, watching him experience his first world series has been even better! after the game tonight, he said the only thing that would make this better was moose still being with the team and earning his ring – his favorite pitcher outside of mariano rivera. i have to agree and can’t help but wonder if moose is kicking himself now…

heather
oklahoma city

Heather,
I was struck by your last comment – because the other night my son Eddie, 11 years old, surprised me, with almost the exact same comment. Seeing that from a Yanks fan in Oklahoma, now has me wondering just how many fans did Moose leave behind…and is he, indeed, feeling now like he retired one year too soon?

Rick,
Columbia, Maryland

Rick,

I think any kid around our son’s ages who has followed the team since they started playing t-ball had to be a fan of Moose. He was such a presence in the lineup every five days, always consistent, always giving the team a chance to win, and always a positive role model both on and off the field. One can only guess the wisdom and guidance he passed along to some of the Yankees young pitching staff that earned a ring tonight, but I can tell you he was a huge influence on my son’s pitching career.
A natural righty, Cole (I had no idea it was Mussina’s middle name, lol) mimicked Moose in his windup, the way he lands in an athletic position, uses a circle changeup, and even in how he changes speeds, location, and arm angle. Of course, an observer would also see traces of Pettitte (the tall lanky body, low cap, and stare), Mo (now prefers to save games rather than start, cutter is out pitch, and switched to #42 this year), and maybe a little Clemens in his demeanor, but Moose was his main role model for how to pitch.
In my mind, Moose is had a brilliant, hall of fame worthy career in the toughest division in the league during the steroids era. While leaving as a 20 game winner was impressive, getting a ring would have been even better. Of course, had he wanted to return, who is to say that the Yankees would have brought both him and Pettitte back? It still would have been nice to see after everything he did for the organization during his tenure in pinstripes. I was secretly praying he was working out and planning to return mid-season similar to Pedro…would have been nice.
My son and I are already praying Pettitte comes back for one more year! What a game and a series! Congrats Yankees, 27 Time World Champions!!!

Heather
Oklahoma City

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