Impressed with Joe Girardi, who had the guts to pinch-hit for Alex Rodriguez.
Impressed with A-Rod, who at least outwardly cheered on his teammate.
And really, really, really impressed with Raul Ibanez, who took A-Rod's place, delivered the game-tying homer in the ninth and followed with the winning shot in the 12th as the Yankees beat the Orioles to take control of their AL playoff series.
It couldn't have been an easy decision for Girardi, who had stuck by the struggling A-Rod through thin and thinner.
Despite some of the most incredible stats in history, Rodriguez probably isn't going to be a Hall of Famer because the majority of voters simply won't check the box next to the name of any juicer. Already fighting a reputation as a choker, it had to be tough to be lifted for a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of a playoff game. A-Rod no doubt sees himself as an all-time great, but let me tell you ... nobody ever pinch-hit for DiMaggio, Gehrig, Ruth or Mantle in a postseason game.
Oh well, he'll have to make do with his $275 million consolation prize.
As for Ibanez ... he sure made Girardi look like a genius, didn't he? Those were the most impressive hits for an over-the-hill bald guy since, well, since my last softball game.
Actually, I wasn't much of a hitting stud in Tuesday's game. But I didn't embarrass myself much as the mighty Blue Thunder won again.
We're now 7-0, everybody contributes every game, we like each other and it's great fun.
The only downer: I failed to accomplish my main goal of getting through the entire season without any medical issues. Going from first to third on a teammate's hit, I tweaked my right hamstring. Though I stayed in the game, I was hobbled.
But don't worry, everybody. Seriously, DO NOT WORRY. I mean it. Stop worrying, will ya?
A few Advil later, I'm doing much better. I even spent about an hour at the driving range today and didn't card a single bogey.
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