Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Whip it good! Hideki Matsui and the Yankees celebrate another walkoff win

Ladies and gentlemen, your first-place New York Yankees (for now, at least!)

Pretty cool to see the Yanks' have their ninth walkoff win of the year, and it's still only July. Also amazing to see that the Bombers have won three games in a row with a 2-1 score. The coincidence itself isn't what shocks me; the fact that there were such low scores in this bandbox of a ballpark is the astonishing part!

The other jaw-dropping thing was Hideki Matsui's uncharacteristic celebration of his walkoff homer. The only other time I remembered seeing him so excited in a game was in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS, where he jumped at home plate. (Speaking of which, I saw that clip again when watching Mike Mussina's "Yankeeography" last night.)

Last night, Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, and Jorge Posada (another shocking thing right there!) all encouraged him to toss his helmet a la A-Rod. And Hideki did so while rounding third, while the three teammates went after the helmet. Squawker Jon teased me that Matsui was a "punk" for tossing the helmet, though!

Then, of course, Matsui was treated to a pie in the face, courtesy of A.J. Burnett. 

It really is a different team this year. I don't know what's more shocking - that Matsui was participating in the Yankee mayhem, or that Jorge Posada was! Or maybe it was that Andy Pettitte finally pitched a great game at Yankee Stadium.

Squawker Jon doesn't care for this era of good feeling in Yankeeland. He wonders why Yankee fans gripe about Francisco Rodgriguez and Jose Reyes celebrating, when the Yanks are doing such elaborate walkoff win stuff. Good grief!

(Photo courtesy of the Star-Ledger)

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