Series 5

'Round about the 6th inning of last night's game, I was going to headline this post Old and In the Way, as the Yankees seem to be retiring, fumbling and disintegrating right before our very eyes.

Silly me.

The Yanks served notice that they aren't going to lose this Series easily. I won't say that they should have won last night's game in the 9th, but with a little luck, both Bernie and Matsui would have had hits and the Yanks likely the lead. That inning was the corollary to Pedro Martinez's pitching in game 7 of the ALCS. As Pedro found out, sometimes you make good pitches and they get hit for hits; as Looper and Urbina found out, sometimes you make bad pitches and they get hit for outs. (That still won't convince Grady to come back to the Sox.)

The Marlins' relievers better start making better pitches, Urbina in particular, because Saturday and Sunday they'll be in the Bronx, facing Andy Pettitte and Mike Mussina, and this Series just might come down to holding off Giambi, Matsui, Williams and Jeter in the 9th inning of game 7.


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