A-Rod Becomes a “True Yankee” and Other Observations from a Classic Playoff Game

arodIn of the greatest games in Yankee postseason history, the Bronx Bombers defeated the Minnesota Twins 4-3 Friday night to take a commanding 2-0 ALDS series lead. Everyone knows that already though. No one is coming to this site to read a recap. These are some observations from last night’s instant classic that you may not know about.

ALEX RODRIGUEZ
Last night A-Rod came through with a game-tying home run off closer Joe Nathan in the bottom of the ninth inning. Alex the Great is finally showing that he can come through in big playoff situations. Does this mean that A-Rod has finally earned his pinstripes? Is Alex officially a “True Yankee?” Can he finally be mentioned in the same breath as such Yankee greats like Chad Curtis, Scott Brosius and Mariano Duncan? I’ll leave that to the sportswriters to figure out.

KATE HUDSON
Prior to dating Alex Rodriguez, Kate Hudson seemed to be cursed with her relationships. Owen Wilson attempted suicide after their split and rocker Chris Robinson broke up with his band after falling in love with Kate.

However, she seems to have reversed the curse with A-Rod. Alex has been on fire ever since they began dating. I’m not sure what’s she’s doing differently but I hope she can keep it up for a few more weeks.

MARK TEIXEIRA SILENCES JOHN STERLING
Not only did Mark Teixeira hit a walk-off home run last night but his blast left the park so fast that Yankee radio announcer John Sterling didn’t even have time to go into his typical overstated routine. That’s a win-win situation for Yankees fan.

JOE NATHAN IS NO MARIANO RIVERA
Everyone can stop the Joe Nathan comparisons now. Joe Nathan might be the second best closer in the game but he’s not at the same level as Mariano Rivera. No one is as good as Rivera and no one ever will be. In seven postseason appearances, Nathan has an ERA of 8.59. In 78 postseason appearances and 119.2 innings pitched, Rivera has an ERA of 0.75! Are you kidding me!? That’s just ridiculous.

THE JOBA CHAMBERLAIN BULLPEN DEBATE RAGES ON WITH NO END IN SITE
In an earlier post on this site, I mentioned how the Joba Chamberlain in the bullpen debate is discussed ad nauseam on New York sports radio. Well, I think it’s pretty clear that Joba is a better pitcher in the bullpen. However, in all likelihood, Joba will be back in the starting rotation next year. This means at least another year of the great Joba debate. God help us all.

I MISSED THE GAME
Yes. I’m sad to say that of all the Yankee game playoff games to miss, I missed last night’s. Due to a prior engagement that my fiancé would not let me get out of, I was forced to miss this classic game.

In my lifetime, I have only missed two Yankee playoff games: Last night and game one of the 1996 ALCS against the Baltimore Orioles—otherwise known as the Jeffrey Maier game. Ironically, both these games are intertwined because of a bad call…

mystique-and-aura-appearing-nightlyTHE OUTFIELD UMPIRES
In a recent post called “The Ten Easiest Jobs in Sports,” I said that the outfield umpires in a playoff game have one of the easiest jobs. There have now been only two instances where they have had to make a call in a playoff game: last night and the Jeffrey Maier game. That makes the outfield umpires 0-2 in playoff history.

MYSTIQUE AND AURA ARE BACK
During the 2001 World Series, then Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher, Curt Schilling was asked if the Diamondbacks would have any trouble handling the Yankee “mystique.” Schilling responded saying Mystique and Aura sound like dancers at a night club.

The next night, Fox cameras spotted the greatest fan sign ever made that read “Mystique and Aura Appearing Nightly.” Well since then, Mystique and Aura haven’t made too many appearances at Yankee Stadium. Last night, however, they returned for the first time in years and did a tag team on the Twins.

Yankee fans are hoping they show up nine more times.

3 comments for “A-Rod Becomes a “True Yankee” and Other Observations from a Classic Playoff Game

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  2. October 13, 2009 at 9:16 am

    I think it would surprise a few people to stop and look at the numbers for a moment. Even before this post-season, A-Rod had a higher post-season OPS than Jeter.

    Jeter does have about 3 times as many post-season plate appearances, which has allow him to build up a lot of positive memories …

    Has A-Rod had some bad post-season series? Sure. But so has Jeter. Example: .318 OPS in 2001 ALCS, followed up with a .438 in the World Series that year. But we don’t talk about that 😉

  3. October 14, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Jeter can do no wrong among Yankee fans. He’s built up enough equity that he’s allowed to have a few poor performance and everyone will forgive him. In that 2001 series, no one could hit . Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling started 5 of those games and were dominant. So that’s a little deceiving. He also hit a walk-off homer in game four.

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