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Oh what a comeback game that was yesterday! Great cheers for the Boomer; great bottom of the ninth (!), two out comeback; and then the exciting finish in the 12th. It's a thrill to tune in whenever

I love Jeter's leather this time of year.

I have heard Yankees fans, conscious of the team's pitching deficiencies, say that the Cardinals will go all the way this year.

Exactly. Which is why I bought a Matsui tee shirt this year.

Exactly.  Which is why I bought a Matsui tee shirt this year

You bought two Matsui tee shirts this year ? :D

 

So what did happen next ? Please have some consideration for those of us who can't stay up until 5am to watch this stuff :huh:

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Jeter is widely considered about the best base runner in the game, not just for speed but also for his incredible timing. The ball just had to be put into play somehow, and unless it went right to the third baseman, you had to back Jeter to tag and make a credible run for home. They walked Sheffield because he's been such a productive home run hitter this year, but I have to say that if I needed to pick one player on that Yankee team just to get the ball in play if my life depended on it, I'd elect Matsui. This is not to criticize the Minnesota manager. If he'd let them pitch to Sheffield, and Sheffield had thumped it, he'd have looked stupid. This is why the current Yankee offense causes such problems: you get past Jeter, Rodriguez and Sheffield, and you have the luxury of facing Matsui, Williams, Sierra, and Posada.

 

If only we had some pitching. :D

 

Edit: Er, if I didn't make it clear, Matsui got his bat on the ball, it popped up for an easy catch, but that was all the time Jeter needed to take a couple of strides, go back and tag, and beat the throw to home fairly comfortably, winning the game.

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Gardenhire had to walk Sheffield to set up a double play. He didn't want to lose the game on a ground ball.

 

His mistake was letting Joe Nathan crumble the way he did with the walks. After the first walk, he should have been removed. Worst case, after the second.

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Jeter is widely considered about the best base runner in the game, not just for speed but also for his incredible timing. The ball just had to be put into play somehow, and unless it went right to the third baseman, you had to back Jeter to tag and make a credible run for home. They walked Sheffield because he's been such a productive home run hitter this year, but I have to say that if I needed to pick one player on that Yankee team just to get the ball in play if my life depended on it, I'd elect Matsui. This is not to criticize the Minnesota manager. If he'd let them pitch to Sheffield, and Sheffield had thumped it, he'd have looked stupid. This is why the current Yankee offense causes such problems: you get past Jeter, Rodriguez and Sheffield, and you have the luxury of facing Matsui, Williams, Sierra, and Posada.

 

If only we had some pitching. :D

 

Edit: Er, if I didn't make it clear, Matsui got his bat on the ball, it popped up for an easy catch, but that was all the time Jeter needed to take a couple of strides, go back and tag, and beat the throw to home fairly comfortably, winning the game.

That's a lot of analysis for a sacrifice fly.

Wasn't Sheffield also walked to load the bases, or was I not paying enough attention?

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Actually, it was not a pop, it was a very sharp line drive. The outfield was in to try and cut off the run and perfectly positioned to try and cut Jeter down.

 

I could not understand why Torre dropped Matsuii to the 6th spot in game 1. If he was cleanup, I think they would not have been shut out in game one. Thank goodness he's back where he belongs.

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As a diehard Cardinals fan, I am rooting for the Yankees to win their penant. I cannot imagine a better World Series than Yankees/Cardinals. Two great teams (only ones in the majors with over 100 wins this year), two great managers (each have won World Series), great offenses, great fielding, both have storied traditions in American baseball. So much better than a Twins/Astros series.

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