Right before the 2009 playoffs started I discussed the Yankee playoff games I’d attended. Given that this past October saw five more added to my ledger, I thought it’d be fun to update the original post.
|1995||ALDS 2||Seattle||Pettitte v. Benes||W, 7-5*|
|1996||ALDS 1||Texas||Cone v. Burkett||L, 6-2|
|1996||ALCS 1||Baltimore||Pettitte v. Erickson||W, 5-4*|
|1998||ALCS 2||Cleveland||Cone v. Nagy||L, 4-1*|
|2003||ALDS 2||Minnesota||Pettitte v. Radke||W, 4-1|
|2003||ALCS 2||Boston||Pettitte v. Lowe||W, 6-2|
|2003||ALCS 7||Boston||Clemens v. Martinez||W, 6-5*|
|2007||ALDS 3||Cleveland||Clemens v. Westbrook||W, 8-4|
|2009||ALDS 1||Minnesota||Sabathia v. Duensing||W, 7-2|
|2009||ALCS 1||Los Angeles||Sabathia v. Lackey||W, 4-1|
|2009||ALCS 2||Los Angeles||Burnett v. Saunders||W, 4-3*|
|2009||WS 1||Philadelphia||Sabathia v. Lee||L, 6-1|
|2009||WS 2||Philadelphia||Burnett v. Martinez||W, 3-1|
Prior to the 2009 postseason I’d been 6-2 at Yankee Stadium in October; my 4-1 record this year brings me to 10-3 all-time. Not too shabby. Additionally, exactly half of the wins I’ve seen came via the walk-off.
In attending both Games 1 and 2 against Philadelphia, I was also able to end my own personal World Series drought, although my brother and my dad once again got to enjoy a World Series clinching game together (they were also at the Stadium in 1999, though both of them said they felt that this year’s was far more exciting, as the 1999 win came with the Yanks up 3-0 in the Series and victory seeming inevitable).
While all five games were great (even the frustrating-as-hell Game 1 of the World Series, while unenjoyable at the time, was pretty great in hindsight — you have to respect Cliff Lee’s performance, even if it came at the Yankees’ expense), the best were Game 2 of the ALCS and Game 2 of the World Series.
ALCS Game 2 saw A-Rod’s ridiculously clutch bomb in extras off Brian Fuentes, in a battle that had loss written all over it after LA took the lead. This game not only took forever, but was also the coldest night of the entire postseason — my dad, as hardcore a fan as I am, was actually ready to take off after the Angels went ahead. He left, and I was left standing there by myself when A-Rod saved the day — shortly thereafter I got a tap on the shoulder, turned around and gave a big hug to my dad, who as it turns out, never actually left the building. He stayed to watch in the Great Hall, and came back up to where I was standing after the game-tying bomb. It was a great moment, even if he did almost leave during extra innings of a playoff game.
Game 2 of the World Series was pretty close to a must-win, as no one wanted the Yankees heading to Philadelphia down 0-2. It was also incredibly tense through the first few innings, between the Yankees having been handcuffed the previous night by Cliff Lee as well as the fact the team wasn’t doing much of anything against Pedro as the Phillies took a 1-0 lead. Thankfully Mark Teixeira came through with a huge game-tying home run, the offense added two more late runs and A.J. Burnett wound up turning in the outing of his Yankee career, with Mo coming on for the six-out save.
Neither of these quite compare to Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS, which I went into detail about in the original post and will likely remain the greatest sporting event I ever attend for some time, although I can’t say I’m upset that none of the Yankees’ 2009 playoff series went the distance. Game 7s are no good for anybody — as Mike noted in the RAB interview the other day, “That game was so stressful and such a roller coaster and such a joy in the end, that I can’t imagine ever feeling like that again. Everything was on the line, and they couldn’t have won it in a better way. That was the first game that ever caused me physical pain.” Take all those emotions and then also be at the game. Craziness.
LIKE TYA ON FACEBOOK
- TYA To Merge With It’s About The Money, Stupid
- What about Kevin Youkilis?
- Teix Now Front And Center On The “Needs To Produce” Radar
- Cashman: Heathcott A Dark Horse Candidate
- A Dog Chasing Cars
- Outfield Trade Targets
- The Problem With Brett Gardner
- A Look At Relief Prospect Branden Pinder
- The Yankees Should Be Realistic, Put Team on Short Leash in 2013
- Briefly discussing the internal options to replace Curtis Granderson
- Brand bc on Briefly discussing the internal options to replace Curtis Granderson
- http://2804lasela.wordpress.com/ on TYA Predictions: Bold predictions for 2012
- the tao of badass pdf on What about Austin Romine?
- Joey Parkhill on Dante Bichette Jr’s Swing
- lululemon factory outlet on Contact Us
- Cary on Will R.A. Dickey’s Knuckleball Succeed In A Domed Stadium?
- Brenna on Links: Prospects, Support for A-Rod, Mariano is Love and Who’s in Center?
- Louis Vuitton Outlet Sale Singapore on The Monthly Prospector: April Edition
- Authentic Louis Vuitton Outlet Store on The Monthly Prospector: June Edition
- Louis Vuitton Outlet San Diego on Banuelos to Undergo Tommy John Surgery, Yankees Prospectors to Undergo Grief Counseling
TagsA.J. Burnett Alex Rodriguez Andy Pettitte Austin Romine Baltimore Orioles Bartolo Colon Boston Red Sox Brett Gardner Brian Cashman Bullpen CC Sabathia Chien-Ming Wang Cliff Lee Curtis Granderson David Robertson Dellin Betances Derek Jeter Francisco Cervelli Freddy Garcia Game Recap Hiroki Kuroda Ivan Nova Javier Vazquez Jesus Montero Joba Chamberlain Joe Girardi Johnny Damon Jorge Posada Manny Banuelos Mariano Rivera Mark Teixeira Melky Cabrera Michael Pineda New York New York Yankees Nick Johnson Nick Swisher Phil Hughes Prospects Rafael Soriano Red Sox Robinson Cano Russell Martin Tampa Bay Rays Yankees