The Yankees thankfully took care of business tonight against the Sox, and won the series 2 to 1. The 8-3 win brought the Yanks to within 9.5 games of Boston, and more importantly, Curt Schilling was abused by the Yankee offense.
Andy Pettitte pitched extremely well. Everything about this game was a positive for the Yanks, everything but Kyle Farnsworth. Four eyes came in in the eighth and gave up an immediate bomb to Coco Crisp, the children’s cereal's first long ball of the year. PLEASE GIVE THE EIGHTH TO BRUNEY!
From a historic sense, tonight was also a big game for the Yanks. Derek Jeter passed Joltin' Joe Dimaggio to take fifth place on the all-time Yankee hits list.
Jeter has done it in 13 seasons, the same number it took Dimaggio, and Derek is well on his way to becoming the first Yankee to ever compile 3,000 hits in the pinstripes.
This begs the question, when all is said and done, will the list of Yankee greats read: Ruth, Gehrig, Dimaggio, Mantle and Jeter?
Jeter is the only one of those names lacking serious homerun numbers, but in just about every other category, including rings, he's in the conversation.
Derek also has one more thing in common with Joe D. They both dated starlets. Who do you think had the edge in the ladies department?
Player of the game: el Capitán. 3 for 5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs. (honorable mention to homeplate umpire C.B. Bucknor for three emphatic punch outs in the bottom of the ninth.)