The score doesn’t matter, except maybe to Ivan Nova, since the Yanks were eliminated from playoff contention already.
Nova pitched well, 7 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 5 K but the Yanks’ offense apparently decided to shut it down for the season a week before the season officially ends. The offense got just 3 hits tonight in losing 4-0.
Nova ends the year at 9-6, 3.10.
Cano, who apparently wants 10 years and $305 MM, went 0 for 3.
Dellin Betances came in for the 8th and continued to unimpress. 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 h, 1 walk and a K. 20.25.
Then came the special moment. Mo in his last home game. He came in with two on and one out in the 8th and got a fly out and a comebacker to the mound.
In the 9th he got another comebacker to the mound, and then the last batter he would ever face at Yankee Stadium came to the plate.
Yunel Escobar popped up to Robbie Cano for out #2.
Whereupon Mo was pulled from the game—-not by Girardi, but by long-time teammates Andy Pettitte (who made the move) and Derek Jeter.
Upon hugging Pettitte, Mo lost it.
That is when it hit him. That THIS was the last time he’d pitch at home, in the pinstripes. That his home career was over.
And he started crying. As did many of us Yankees fans who have loved him all these years.
The Babe Ruth of closers. It’ll never be the same and no one can ever replace him.
He may pitch in another game this weekend. I hope not.
But maybe he plays CF for one inning out in Houston.
I hope he doesn’t have to run up that damned hill.
I also hope he catches an out.
God Bless You Mo, it’s time for me to get another hankie.
It’s rare when I cry when a player retires. I remember doing it at seven when the Mick hung them up.
I’m doing it now.
For the record, Matt Daley came in for Mo. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and a K.
And a moment Matt Daley can always tell his children, grandchildren and (hopefully) great-grandchildren about.
I pray that I can be in Cooperstown in 2019 when Mo gives his induction speech.