Yankees: Path to the World Series
The New York Yankees are on their way to the World Series. Sadly I could not watch, for you guys, yesterday’s game: it started at 2AM Dutch time this morning which is a little bit too late (or too early) for my taste.
Anyway, the Yankees… won. The Detroit Tigers have a great team, but the Yankees have Jeter:
The skies over Yankee Stadium were still rumbling with the roar of the pregame military flyover. Derek Jeter had seen it before. While his teammates stood along the baseline, Jeter squatted, stretching, ready to do what he does best.
He sprang up, grabbed Bobby Abreu by the shoulders and sprinted off, the first player to break off the line. Jeter hung a left around first base and bounded into fair territory. For a few moments, before the Yankeesâ€™ opening playoff game, he was the only player out on the field.
For nine innings, it basically stayed that way. There were others who starred in the Yankeesâ€™ 8-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers, but nobody sparkled as brightly as Jeter, who tied a postseason record with five hits.
Jeter, the Yankeesâ€™ captain, has made a career of rising to meet the moment. This time, he topped himself. Jeter went 5 for 5 and capped his night with a home run over the center-field wall in the eighth inning.
Only five other players have had five hits in a postseason game, including Hideki Matsui in the 2004 American League Championship Series. Jeter singled in the first inning, doubled in the third, singled in the fourth and doubled in the sixth.
My second favorite team, the St. Louis Cardinals won as well. Oakland won from Minnesota: 3-2.
A good baseball day for me!