If you live under a rock or my blog is your only source of sports news, then the fact that the Yankees beat the Orioles in last night's game five is actually news to you! Still, it's worth celebrating all over again. With Arod benched, (a decision I found totally ballsy and equally as necessary being that he was 0-12 against rightys throughout the ALDS,) the rest of the line up began to wake up. The Yanks battled their way to a 3-1 win over the O's thanks to Curtis Granderson remembering how to make contact between bat and ball and a stellar pitching performance by ace C.C. Sabathia.
While there was little doubt in my mind that the Yanks would make it to the ALCS, I still found myself completely disheveled waiting for game 5 to start and end. I had to work, but I was sure to wear the same outfit I had previously warn to game 3 at the stadium - complete with fuzzy hat/gloves. You may call it crazy, but I can't help myself with my sports superstitions. As the ESPN commercial says, it's only crazy if it doesn't work - and it did! So, I'm good.
Tonight, starts the first legitimate challenge for the Bombers as the Detroit Tigers come to town. The Tigers are good, like really fucking good. They have arguably the greatest pitcher in baseball, almost definitely in the American League in 17 game winner Justin Verlander. While Verlander can't pitch every game, Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera will sure as hell make an impact. Fielder was one of the most sought after free agents this past off season. The four time all star and second ever two-time Home Run Derby Champion (2009 and 2012,) is a dangerous weapon. Then there's Miguel Cabrera. You know, the guy who's done something no one else has been able to accomplish since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967? Triple fucking Crown. The guy won the Triple Crown! To put that into perspective for you, the last Yankee to win the Triple Crown was Mickey Mantle in 1956. So they've got a stacked line up and one of the best pitchers the game has ever seen... we've got Derek Jeter, the face of baseball, C.C. Sabathia who's pretty much flawless on the mound, Andy Pettitte who's experience alone is a treat, forget the fact that he pitched incredible in game 2 and lost because he couldn't get the run support, and of course, Mr. Clutch, Mr. Walkoff, the one, the only, RAUUUUL Ibanez. Sad that Ibanez was mentioned over Cano, Granderson, and Arod. Half a billion right there doing pretty damn near nothing (except for Grandy winning it for us in ALDS game 5, let's hope he continues like that!) Realistically, I think the Yankees have this as long as the big bats wake up. As long as we get base runners from time to time, and our home run hitters... well, hit home runs, this series should be a tough one, but I say Yanks in six.