prediction that the Yankees would win the ALDS in four games was a bit off the mark - they did it in three. But I was correct that Carl Pavano would give the Yankees fits. I was pretty cranky when watching the game, and watching the Yankees flail against him. So Alex Rodriguez's homer to tie the game, and Jorge Posada's to get the lead, were pretty satisfying.
I'm not big on unnecessary cap-tipping, but give Pavano credit for shutting the Yankees down for most of the game, and for being perhaps the toughest starter the Yankees have faced this year. I'm not kidding about that comparison - at least the Yanks beat up on Roy Halladay a few times this year. Pavano, on the other hand, pitched three quality, huge starts against the Yanks this year, the strongest one in a playoff game. I predict some team will reward him handsomely next season. Squawker Jon, how about Pavano as a Met? Imagine if he becomes the Mets' Iron Horse!
By the way, I enjoyed watching the Yankees beat up on Joe Nathan and the other Twins pitchers. Nathan really can't handle the Yankees, can he? It's amusing to watch. But hey, as Squawker Jon noted, he did pick up dirt from the Metrodome after the game. Good grief.
Squawker Jon also mocked the Derek Jeter worship about the Nick Punto play. I think Jeter made a terrific play, and had a phenomenal series. He would be my MVP, after A-Rod, for the ALDS. But the problem with all the unnecessary worship he gets is that when Jeter does have a spectacular series, like he did this week, it just seems like the praise is the usual over-the-top stuff, when it's actually well-deserved.
Oh, and I loved the postgame celebration stuff last night. That photo above, where A-Rod was trying to sneak up on Jeter, was a scream!
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