When you can get 45,000+ fans all chanting your name in a LCS in your first year in New York, you’re obviously doing something right.
Yeah, I don’t know about you, but I’d say that new guy did pretty well for himself.
Sabathia and the Yankees were also helped by some pretty poor fundamental play by the Angels–the one play we’ll remember years from now was a Luis Castillo-esque dropped pop up (well, not so much dropped as no one bothered to try to catch it) by Eric Aybar that directly led to the Yankees 2nd run in the first.
The two runs were all that the Yankees–and Sabathia–would need.
Sabathia was helped by solid fundamental play and good defense on the part of his team, and the Yankees simply outplayed the Angels.
The Yankees did not get a ton of offense, but they had enough to take advantage of the Angels’ misplay. Tonight was only the second time ever there had been a game at the new Yankee Stadium without a home run, but the Yankees were able to tack on the two insurance runs to provide the extra cushion everyone likes so much.
The best moment of levity came late in the game, when FOX aired a conversation between Joe Girardi and Tim McClelland, the home plate umpire, as Girardi went to bring in Mariano Rivera. Rivera, who has more postseason saves than anyone else in history. You may have heard of him. It went something like this:
Girardi: We’re bringing Rivera.
Girardi: This new guy we got.
McClelland: Up from AAA?
Well, for what it’s worth, that real new guy, CC, was worth every single cent tonight.
The Yankees have now taken a 1-0 series lead against Los Angeles, and did not have to worry about wasting a CC start because of the weather.
On that note, the forecast for tomorrow is very murky indeed and via the FOX broadcast, a makeup game, if needed would be played Sunday afternoon, about 4.30 (no way Fox is not broadcasting the Saints-Giants early game).
This would throw a wrench in the pitch-CC-on-3-days-rest plan, but since the Yankees will now not be on the verge of elimination in game four, there is a little more leeway.
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