Going Out In Style — Act I

September 15, 2008 – 12:50 pm

All things considered, a very respectable series against the Rays.  Tampa Bay is the second best team in the AL right now, and although they pretty much have a playoff position wrapped up they are still very much in a heated race for the division title — so taking a series from them definitely puts a good touch on the start of the last home stand in Yankee Stadium.  Unlike the majority of the season, the Yankees finally got some timely hitting to overcome mediocre pitching, so that was nice to see.  But the real story was Derek Jeter going 9-for-11 to tie Lou Gehrig’s all-time hit record for the Stadium.  If there was ever any doubt about where the heart and soul of this team resides, Jeter’s performance certainly removed it.  It was as if he took out all his frustration with the team’s season in these three games.  There may be questions about whether some of the players on this team gave up on the season, but certainly not Jeter.  He’s now up there with the greatest Yankees of all time, and rightfully so.

Now comes Act II, with the Central-leading Chicago White Sox.  But unlike Tampa Bay, the White Sox don’t have a playoff spot wrapped up at all, and these games are “must wins” for them.  So taking this series from the Sox would really prove something about this team.

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