Long Series

CC Sabathia threw a gem tonight, giving up only two runs
over seven innings.

But Cliff Lee outdid the Yankees ace, allowing one unearned run in a complete game performance.

At the end of the night, the Yankees found themselves in a
1-0 deficit in this year’s Fall Classic. Needless to say, this seven-game series
of far from over.

Here’s why.

The 2009 Yankees have been defined by their resiliency.

The Yankees led the majors with 51 come-from-behind victories in
the regular season, and they won 28 of those contests in their last at-bat,
which was also tops among all teams.

Then came the October magic.

The Yankees have won seven postseason games to date. They
were trailing in five of those games. In three of their seven wins, the Yankees
were trailing in the seventh inning or later — all of which Alex Rodiguez tied
with home runs.

With their old rival Pedro Martinez taking the hill at
Yankee Stadium for the Phillies in Game 2, the Yankees will have the same
intensity they exuded in all those late inning wins. 

In my opinion, there is a lot more October (and November)
magic to come — even though there wasn’t that much tonight.

–Alfred Santasiere III 

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