A-Rod! We learned our lesson, and managed to stay up through last night’s comeback victory. An enjoyable night of baseball to be sure, with Zito in top form and Brown zipping along. A pitcher’s duel, olde style. We didn’t lose hope after the boys fell back, and when A-Rod tagged that first pitch from Rhodes in the ninth, we had a feeling all would end well, a feeling that persisted through Mariano’s rocky save (phew!).
Some other things: it looks like Bernie may be regaining his stroke at the plate, but his defense cost at least several bases last night (a double that should have been caught, Durazo taking a base on his arm).
A-Rod is growing on us, and not just the hitting. We’re learning to love the simple process of A-Rod fielding a ball and making that apparently casual but always accurate side-armed throw across the diamond to first. It’s so free and easy, and it’s always on time.
Finally: Derek: get well soon, and watch out for the dicey seafood.