Instant Classic: Red Sox @ Yankees 8/7
An absolute instant classic in the Bronx tonight. Well, the jury is out on the usage of the word ‘instant’, because this game was anything but that. But one thing was certain: Somebody was leaving a hero.
He was homerless in his previous 72 at-bats, but who’s counting? Mired in the longest single-season homerless slump of his career, A-Rod stepped into the box and did what both teams, 48,262 fans in Yankee Stadium, and many more watching at home, had waited 5 hours and 33 minutes for.
And he did it over the left-center fence.
A-Rod’s walk-off shot in the bottom of the 15th inning capped off an amazing pitching duel that saw AJ Burnett and Josh Beckett pitch in dominating fashion. Wow. And when you factor in bullpen performance, it was an amazing overall pitching effort by both teams. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a game go as long as 15 innings tied at 0-0. Has that ever happened?
Well, I’m just glad it’s over. I can finally stop running around the apartment, screaming get some rest after witnessing a game that, once again, reminds us fans why we love sports, and why we cheer for our heroes.
Poor Junichi Tazawa. Almost felt bad watching his reaction after giving up the A-Rod blast. Today was his ML debut. Uh, welcome to the Majors, I guess.
4.5 games up in the AL East. Oh, and the best record in baseball (67-42). Damn it feels good to be a gangster!
W: Coke 1IP 0H 0BB 0ER 1K
L: Tazawa 1.2IP 4H 0BB 2ER 2K
Full box score here.
—- Game 3 —-
Who: Buchholz (1-1, 6.05) @ Sabathia (11-7, 3.95)
Where: The NEW Yankee Stadium
When: August 8 @ 4:10 pm ET