The Rogers Centre was at full capacity tonight up in Toronto. The fans looking relieved, confirming it was just a nightmare, as Roy Halladay, the best pitcher in baseball, walked onto the Blue Jays mound once again. Toronto’s ace looked like a goner before the trade deadline but the cost for Roy’s arm was just to high a price, even for the Yankees.
Halladay is so dynamite that if any opposing team’s starter has to be basically perfect. It is inevitable that hitters will not be able to produce against Halladay, so in preparing for a game like tonight’s the idea of how to win has to be under this assumption.
It is refreshing that Girardi tells it like it is no. No matter who the player, the treatment has now consistently been shown to be equal. Not one guy gets treated any differently, which is a huge part of the comradeship that has formed.
The definition of “team” is what Girardi has accomplished in his last season and a half. That is no small feat with the amount of all-stars with huge paychecks the Yanks have. Then having to fill a hero’s shoes in Torre, only to have that same man he once called his skipper sell the team out for all to read about didn’t make the new Joe’s job any easier.
Girardi is now in sync with the players and it has shown in the determination to win over and over. Beating Halladay was just another full-blown example of what is happening and Girardi is responsible for the team’s success.
Along with our skipper, the players are so proud of their team to let that go.
This was seen tonight but the outstanding job done by Andy Petite who pitched seven plus solid innings. Commanding the plate with his cutter, Petite struck out Alex Rios for his sixth strike out and that was in the bottom of the seventh.
The Yankees bats have dealt with “the handful” that Halladay brings to the mound and all who face him know the ante has been upped. In addition to he thoughts of what was going on in the Sunshine State made the odds of losing the top spot very realistic.
Well, the Yanks had their poker faces on from the start by posting two runs on the board. Damon singled to get on, which followed by A-rod hitting a double and running with such purpose sliding into home just ahead of the Kevin Millar‘s throw. This gave Petite a significant boost before he actually even threw pitch.
Totaling 103 total pitches and finishing the Halladay fundamental way, for a straight nine innings, the Yankees bats had little room to move. In the eighth Damon and Tex had back to back home runs. Matsui also took Roy yard to make it three homers off the ace.
Two outstanding defensive plays were critical in the win but moreover so much fun to watch. Yanks beloved Captain jumped to catch a fly ball so high in the air, that it could have been Michael Jordan in the pinstripes.
Then the out-fielding catch by the Melk-man is a sure-thing to be a top three play of the week. A list that is growing longer each game for this youngster. Melky Cabrera has been nothing short of inspiring this season.
The outcome was the kind described as perfect. Yankees lengthened their lead to a game and a half. As Boston lost in the 13th inning in a battle-like game, on a walk off home-run hit by last season’s AL MVP, Tampa’s Evan Longoria.
Now, here is one last thing that is probably long overdue….
It is time for everyone to embrace Joe Girardi for the leadership he has shown in the exceptional way he has managed this team. And if you are wondering who or where is this message is coming from?All you have to do is just watch the Yankees on the field. The players play for this man and that speaks loudly enough.
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