Fish Bite Back... Marlins Beat Yankees in Extra Innings, World Series Tied 2-2
The Yankees lost a tough game last night in extra innings, falling 4-3 to the Florida Marlins. Roger Clemens pitched his last game ever (?), and was almost knocked out of the first inning after the Rocket Man got rocked, and gave up 3 runs. He settled down and led by Bernie Williams' four hits, the Yankees fought back against the Marlins shaky closer, Ugueth Urbina in the ninth inning, when Ruben Sierra's clutch pinch-hit triple tied the score at 3, capping the Yankees comeback. The Yankees luck ran out. In the 12th inning, shortstop Alex Gonzalez hit a weak HR to shallow left field off of wayward reliever Jeff Weaver (who had not pitched in over a month... his first postseason appearance). The game was over, and the Marlins tied the Series 2-2. The Yankees lost because they did not hit with runners in scoring position. Sure, Weaver fucked up, but they Yankees never should have put him in that position in the first place... if they scored a few more runs earlier in the game. Now all the boo-birds and yahoos calling in on sports-talk-radio programs will question Joe Torre's decision not to bring in Mo Rivera and stick with Jeff "Smokes Too Much" Weaver. Tonight, David "Boomer" Wells takes on Brad Penny for the last game in Florida, before the series returns to New York this weekend.
When Clemens came out of the game (he struck out the last batter he faced) both teams and the fans gave him a standing ovation, a class move from all parties.
1. On 'Grandest Stage,' Clemens Takes a Final Bow is written by Tyler Kepner (NY Times)
2. Useless Clemens Info is by Jason Stark (Espn.com)
3. McKeon's Moves is written by Jeff Miller (Miami Herald)