12 pitches. 12.
Go head, count em…
Tied for the longest at bat in MLB postseason history and I’m going as far as saying it was one of the most important.
Brett Gardner, the Yankees longest tenured player on the roster and our fiery spark plug of a bald middle-aged man, stepped up to the plate with 2 on and 2 outs in the top of the 9th, with the Yankees up 1. Not only did Gardner work from behind in this at bat down 1-2 in the count early, he did so against one of the best bullpens in baseball. A feat like this often goes unnoticed to the average onlooker but even my mother texted me at the end of the ab saying, “Holy shit that was worth the wait.”
Gardner slapped what would end up being a 2-run single on an error that took the tomahawk right from that Tribe logo and split fans hearts in half. I LOVED EVERY FUCKIING SECOND OF IT! Kluber this. Miller that. Shaw this. Allen that. Down 0-2 in the series, the Baby Bombers climbed back into this thing and beat the team that represented the AL in the World Series last year (a world series they went on to ABSOLUTELY blow).
Something special is happening in the Bronx. A Wild Card whopping of the Twins and a comeback series victory over the reigning AL Champs has the people of NY murmuring the faint sound of “twenty eight.” No matter what the outcome this team ends up encountering, they have proved thousands and probably millions wrong. When the Indians and Dodgers commenced on their historic winning seasons, everyone figured this was the most likely World Series matchup we’d see. No one foresaw the Yanks, young and reckless, being powered by their almighty vets into the ALCS. CC, the Toddfather, Brett the Jet, Chase Headley all playing crucial roles in this series win. No bigger part of this would be the Black Jeter.
The “Chase for 28” continues next with the ‘Stros and I CAN’T WAIT. When Didi puts one of Verlander’s pitches into the porch in right field, I hope people get the picture that this team is hear to make noise.
Without those 12 pitches we may have had a different outcome.
Yanks in 5.