For a 9-2 final
, this was an immensely entertaining game. You had a two bench-clearing altercations, on the same play, an ejected 45 year-old, a debuting 21 year-old, great defense, hard slides and clutch hitting. Luckily, most of the positives were on the Yankee side of the ledger.
I don't want to spend too much time talking about the sissy fights that broke out when A-Rod was drilled by a Josh Towers pitch in the top of the third. The Blue Jays need to get over the "Ha!" play, it happened over two months ago. Both teams should be ashamed of themselves for the bench-clearing brouhaha which ensued. If you're going to fight, then fight. If you aren't, then stay in the friggin' dugout. Oh, and if you're Matt Stairs, just shut up. Why he was so intent on puffing his chest up to A-Rod when all A-Rod did was get hit by a pitch is beyond me. The best part of the fracas for me was seeing Shelley Duncan sprint out on the field and find Stairs immediately the second time the benches emptied. He's the type of guy you want on your side in a fight.
It was a foregone conclusion that Clemens was going to drill someone. I found his argument over being tossed mildly amusing. Let's hope this dies down tomorrow. The slate has been wiped clean.
Now, to the best news of the night. Joba Chamberlain made his debut. He pitched the 8th and 9th innings, and while he seemed nervous and a bit wild, his stuff was absolutely electric. He didn't throw a fastball below 95 MPH, topped out at 99 and showed a sick slider in the high 80's. Chamberlain's line: 2 IP, 0 runs, 1 hit, 2 BBs, 2 Ks, 33 pitches, 19 strikes.
Letter to the Skipper:Player of The Game
: Roger Clemens, 6 IP, 1 earned, 2 hits, 1 BB, 6 Ks, 1 pay-back beanball, 1 early shower.
Play of The Game: Shelley Duncan's flying body check on John McDonald to break up a double play on a Melky bunt. This hard-nosed, but clean, play set up the Yanks to blow the game wide open. Speaking of Melky, he was 3 for 3 with 2 doubles, a triple and
he was still in center even with Giambi back from the DL.