October 6, 2010 — When Mark Teixeira sailed a deep drive toward the scenic background that is Minneapolis’ downtown, the capacity crowd at Target Field took a collective deep breath. From my vantage point in the main press box (behind home plate), I knew the ball was going to land in the seats, but I had no idea if it was going to end up in fair territory.
Before I looked down at the umpire, I knew the Yankees had taken a 6-4 lead, because the crowd turned silent. I mean, it was a “you could hear a pin drop” kind of silence as Teixeira rounded first base while pumping his fist.
It’s been a roller coaster game so far, and emotions generally run high in these kind of affairs, so I can certainly understand how deflating Teixeira’s home run was for the home crowd.
The Yankees were losing early; they came back to take the lead; they lost it, and then they re-took it on Teixeira’s tie-breaking home run.
Hopefully, Kerry Wood and Mariano Rivera will make the rest of the ride less like a dramatic then it’s been thus far.
–Alfred Santasiere III