Alex Rodriguez‘s grand slam was a foreshadowed event–at least in the WCBS 880 booth. John Sterling was mentioning the all-time grand slam record, Lou Gehrig having 23 while Rodriguez also had 23, moments before the home run gave the Yankees four more runs in a 5-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
CC Sabathia and Tim Lincecum matched one another for seven innings, the game tied at one. However, Lincecum simply ran out of gas before Sabathia. The Yankees worked the bases loaded with a single by Eduardo Nunez, a hit by pitch by Brendan Ryan, a force out at third by J.R. Murphy and a walk by Ichiro Suzuki. By the time Rodriguez came to the plate, Bruce Bochy pulled Lincecum for George Kontos, who Yankees fans may know as ‘the guy the Yankees traded to San Francisco for…wait for it…Chris Stewart‘. Rodriguez stood at the plate, spotting a pitch that he knew he could drive. With one swing of the bat, the ball was out of the park, the Yankees were granted a 5-1 lead, and it gave Yankees fans a chance to see Mariano Rivera enter the game.
David Robertson pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth inning to seal the Yankees 81st win of the year.
— CC Sabathia had an ace like outing, going seven innings, giving up one run on seven hits. This was by far Sabathia’s best start since his start vs. the Boston Red Sox on May 31.
— Some tidbits about Andy Pettitte‘s retirement today: Alex Rodriguez was oblivious to the fact that Pettitte was announcing his retirement today. Rodriguez arrived at the ballpark when the media asked for a comment about Pettitte. Rodriguez didn’t know why they were discussing Andy–until he turned around and noticed Andy on the T.V. talking about his retirement.
— Pettitte originally wasn’t going to have a press conference about his retirement, instead he was just going to announce it the day after the season ended. However, after having lunch with Mariano Rivera over the weekend, Pettitte reconsidered after Rivera told him that he owed it to the fans to let them know, and to get them excited for Mariano Rivera’s ceremony, which he would be glad to share the day with Andy.
— If there was a moment Pettitte could regret about his career, he admitted his ties to the HGH scandal. He stated that he never tried to cheat the game and he wouldn’t want to be remembered that way.
— So that wraps it up: A retirement filled day by Andy Pettitte, a viewing of Mariano Rivera and a grand slam by Alex Rodriguez. Just a typical day in Yankees land.
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