Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Walk-off kids do it again vs Red Sox

There they were, the walk-off kids, aka the New York Yankees, snatching victory from what would have been a bitter defeat. And they celebrated the way they did all last year: with a pie in the face from AJ Burnett.

The walk-off wins started in earnest around this time last year, with three in a row against the Minnesota Twins. In place of Melky Cabrera, it was Marcus Thames, the Yankee farmhand who came home, getting pied by Burnett after hitting a shot you knew was gone from the crack of the bat. This was two batters after Alex Rodriguez, who led several of those come-from-behind victories last year, was right in the middle of this one, tying the game with a two-run homer off Jonathan Papelbon. Just like that, the Boston Red Sox were done.

I hope last night's victory finally puts to rest all the talk about whether Yankees-Red Sox has lost its juice. The reaction of the Yankee players, a joyous convergence on the mound led by ARod and Derek Jeter, told you all you need to know about how huge this victory was. A day after a shocking loss at the hands of their normally dominant closer Mariano Rivera, the Yanks took it to their archrivals, burying them deeper in the division.

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