What a special day I was privileged to attend yesterday. A great day… except for the ending.
The Yanks put up a special plaque on a side wall of Yankee Stadium honoring Jackie Robinson’s #42 being retired throughout baseball in 1997. Jackie’s widow, Rachel, was there and she looks marvelous considering that she has to be somewhere around 90.
Then, where #42 used to be in Dodger Blue for Robinson, a sheet was dropped to reveal the #42 in Yankee Blue. For the Yankees retired Rivera’s number—Mo is the last player ever to wear it, he was grandfathered in in 1997—so not only is 42 retired throughout baseball for Robinson, it’s also retired by the Yanks for Mo.
What a wonderful pre-game ceremony. Back to honor Mo were Gene Michael, Jeff Nelson, John Wetteland, Coney, Tino, Godzilla, O’Neill, Jorge, Bernie, Torre, Gene Monahan… and Metallica was even there to play a live rendition of Enter Sandman. In between innings, there were testimonials to Mo from teammates, opponents and others in the sporting world, like Magic and Kareem, even Tom Brady. I had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat.
Andy Pettitte, also retiring, made the last home start of his career, and Andy was fabulous. He retired the first 14 batters he faced. Mark Reynolds hit a solo HR in the second (20). Andy had a no-no for 5 1/3. Then he gave up a game-tying HR to Ehire Adrianza, his first MLB HR.
Going into the eighth, it was 1-1 and Andy had a one-hitter going. Then he gave up a double to Kung Fu Panda, Sandoval. Sandoval left for a PR and Pettitte left, period. No longer will he grace the Yankee Stadium mound as an active player. More ovations. More tears.
Robertson came in and got a groundout but then gave up a double and the lead. 2-1 Giants.
Andy (L, 10-11, 3.88) 7+, 2 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 6 K. He was brilliant, and it’s a shame he has to take the loss in his last home start with such a great effort.
Robertson 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.13.
Then on the day they retired his number, Mo got the last five outs.
1 2/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.15.
The Yanks got a single by Alex and a double by Cano to start the eighth, but a great stop by Noonan on Soriano’s smash then he nailed PR Almonte at home. I don’t think Almonte should have gone there and it hurt the Yanks. Instead of bases loaded and none out (there is no way Noonan could have got Sori at first), there was 1st and 2nd, one out and Granderson whiffed. Nunez singled but Cano was gunned down at the plate.
The Yanks had their chances. They blew them, and lost 2-1 on a day in which Mo’s # was retired, Andy pitched great in his last home start and Mo himself pitched.
Worse yet, the loss puts them 4 back of the second wild-card slot with just 6 games left.
It’s just about impossible to make the playoffs now.
I have some computer issues, so if I don’t post in a while, you’ll know why.