Two great American League playoff games tonight. That's what baseball is all about right there.
I've give props to Girardi. Not every manager would have the stones to pinch hit for a player with 647 career home runs and a $29 million per year salary. But even if Ibanez had popped out to the second baseman, it was a great move by the Yankee manager. A-Rod sucks right now. He would have had no chance against Johnson, so you try somebody else. It came up aces for New York. Heartbreak for Baltimore and its fans. The Orioles were two outs away from being in the driver's seat.
And, yeah, screw Valverde. When the inning started, I was thinking, "Somebody get on for Smith." That guy just seemed like he would match up well with Valverde, who was excessively reliant on his fastball for some reason. Huge hit by Smith to tie the game, then an even bigger hit by Crisp with two outs.
JB's attendance record:
2004: 14-5; 2005: 16-8; 2006: 19-10; 2007: 8-12; 2008: 15-7; 2009: 6-13; 2010: 12-11; 2011: 9-8; 2012: 11-7; 2013: 8-9; 2014: 7-9; 2015: 10-10; 2016: 9-6. Total: 144-115.
Next game: Aug. 6 vs. Baltimore
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