October 15, 2010
– I guess the line “Everything’s bigger in Texas” includes comebacks. That’s
because the Yankees comeback tonight was the biggest of their season – and
certainly the most significant come-from-behind win since the 2009 World
As I wrote in my
last blog entry, Brett Gardner’s gritty – all heart – infield single got the eighth-inning
rally started. But I didn’t realize at the time that it was going to ignite one
of the great comebacks Yankees history. Yes, that’s what I said; tonight’s win
was one of the greatest comebacks in Yankees lore – and it marked only the
fifth time in history that a team came back from a four-run, eighth-inning
deficit to win the game.
The Yankees were
losing, 5-1, in the eighth inning (and 5-0 in the seventh inning), on the road
and while battling a starting pitching who had only given up four hits and two
walks over seven innings.
Gardner’s “diving” single, Derek Jeter laced a double that brought the
leftfielder to the plate. Then came two clutch walks – by Nick Swisher and Mark
Teixeira – to load the bases for Mr. Clutch, Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod wasted no
time in collecting the biggest hit of the game. He scorched the first pitch he
saw past Rangers third baseman Michael Young. A-Rod’s single brought Jeter and
Swisher to the plate, and brought the Yankees to within one run of Texas.
The wild hit
parade, which brought six Rangers pitchers to the mound in the eighth inning, continued with Robinson Cano, who tied the game with a single. And
Marcus Thames followed with a single of his own, which gave the Yankees a 6-5
Kerry Wood and
Mariano Rivera each gave the Yankees a scoreless inning to close out a
monumental comeback – a comeback that could not have happened if every Yankees
player in the game contributed in a big way.
Think about it;
the Yankees received huge contributions from Gardner, Jeter, Swisher, Teixeira,
A-Rod, Cano, Thames, Posada and, of course, Joba Chamberlain, Dustin Moseley,
Kerry Wood and Mariano Rivera.
If the term, “team
win”ever applies, this was it. And now the Yankees are three wins away from the World Series.