Christmas season is months away, but abnormally cold temperatures in NYC in addition to taking the first game in the ALCS Friday night, sure felt like it in the Bronx.
The stadium was freezing. Everyone bundled up but the fans enthusiasm was at an all time best. The team followed as the Yankees beat the Angels 4 to 1.
The game MVP was clearly CC Sabathia as he was lights-out and reigned again following his first start this post-season. The hot bats Angel bats of Chrome Figgins and old friend, Bobby Abreu went 0-8 with three of those strike-outs.
The Yankee bats raked in 11 hits and scored 4 enough to make it safe for CC to succeed.
John Lackey’s Angels lacked in every-way for their game-one starter.
The Angels made it relatively easy for the Yankees by committing three errors on textbook plays. It seemed like the cold might have literally frozen L.A.’s Halos right off their heads.
On a pop-fly hit by Matsui, Glove candidates Erick Aybar and Chrone Figgins stood there dumbfounded. The visible and textbook out hit the grass, not the glove.
No one is taking Friday nights performance as any evidence for anything because it is just one game. The Yankees need to keep their business to Yankee baseball. This team shows up to play which is evidently on display anytime they take the field.
This Yankees team has the desire and the battle similar to the past 90’s teams, that made so accustomed to fans. The entitled days of winning are over and the Yankees have to prove themselves all again.
The expensive fresh faces of guys were just the breath of fresh air the Yankees needed to see that swagger back again.
Would I love to see the Yankees win the World Series this year? Yes, what fan would not want that.
Will it take to anger and criticism if the group does not?
Disappointment is a given. Finally, the demons of the past few seasons lack of spirit is gone.
I am at peace with the fact that this team gives it their all every game. The last couple years teams are ultimately gone.
The Yankees are champions for their fans already by playing with so much enthusiasm, giving not only the fans our spirit back but to an entire city.
*all photos in this post were taken at the ALCS game at Yankees stadium by LadyLovesPinstripes.com*