Go Johnny Go!!

1c997ae4944d6bec97b31de0366511cf-getty-92198041cc179_new_york_yank.jpgOn the one hand I was so thrilled to watch this game play out the way it did. It was riveting. On the other, I was saddened. With the Yankees up 3 Games to 1, it doesn’t seem likely that the World Series.. and baseball.. will be around too much longer in 2009.

2e70d4be59f0cd79d24dce1bbf62fe8c-getty-92198041cc182_new_york_yank.jpgWhat a fabulous game though. It could go down as one of the more memorable in recent history. Certainly, it will pop up as a highlight in the New York Yankee World Series annals.

The game was a bonfire from the very first inning as the hitters dug in and took control of the game, much like Game 3.

Derek Jeter opened with a single and was immediately pushed to 3rd with another ringing double by Johnny Damon. They would both go on to score to put the Yankees on top 2-0.

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The Phillies were not going to roll over for the Yankee machine. They also brought their bats to Citizens Bank Park. Shane Victorino singled and was knocked around to score by Chase Utley’s mammoth double that nearly cleared the fence. Chase has ripped CC Sabathia the entire Series. Just like that it was a 2-1 game.

ea58c20ff347b1b92126b88e5a3a64be-getty-92198041cc068_new_york_yank.jpgBig Ryan Howard actually got wood on the ball in Game 4, a much needed sign for the Phillies. His controversial run in the 4th tied the game at 2. He “almost touched” home. Yet another gaffe by the Post Season Umpires. Even so, it did not diminish the game in the slightest.

c7c7d3a639279b99478f24d263b3cc31-getty-92198041cc082_new_york_yank.jpgThen the game got even more fun to watch, if that’s possible. The Yankees came roaring right back in the 5th inning behind their two catalysts, Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon. Jeter’s top spin single through the left side of the infield scored Swisher.

9a5a399d0e80616f13bff8dc67d75a3b-getty-92198041cc103_new_york_yank.jpgAnd.. just like in the 1st inning, Johnny Damon followed right behind the Captain – swatting a run scoring single of his own.

cc59fcda27bc3f5b80d6599809660b96-getty-92198041cc109_new_york_yank.jpgThe battling Phillies went from a tie game to down by two again. Not to worry. They would come back!

Chase Utley disposed of CC Sabathia again in the 7th inning with another bomb to right field. His 3rd off of Sabathia in the Series! We had ourselves a nail biter at 4-3 going into the bottom of the 8th. Look at his perfect swing plane approach to this pitch! Bye bye baseball.

capt_ws40911020259_world_series_yankees_phillies_baseball_ws409.jpgPedro Feliz has quietly put together a solid World Series. True, it’s his defense that gets him the notoriety. Yet, with the pivotal Game 4 on the line, Pedro crushed a Joba Chamberlain fast ball into the left field seats to tie the game! 4-4 in Game 4!

8b6e1c7e697d127f1ab6d447e59a120b-getty-92198041cc159_new_york_yank.jpgA game the Phillies were fighting for. A game they desperately needed. Would Pedro’s heroics get him the YH?

Unfortunately, for Pedro (and the Phils), the problem was this guy named Johnny Damon.

9b284580151948980cf40b53b89c6dde-getty-92198041cc065_new_york_yank.jpgThe Phillies’ Demon. He’s been everywhere, doing everything so far in this World Series. He keeps coming up with big at bats. Game 4 was his finest moment. Down 0-2 in the count with two outs and nobody on, Mr. Damon refused to give away the out. He battled Brad Lidge for 9 pitches before knocking what seemed to be a harmless single into left field.

Not so harmless when you have the will to win. Johnny’s baseball instincts are as sharp as any player’s in the game. He showed them off in Game 4. Taking advantage of an infield shift, Damon bolted for 2nd base on the first pitch to Mark Teixeira. Safe!

e256b8740dd082938846a505eb509219-getty-92198041cc204_new_york_yank.jpgImmediately popping up and outracing Pedro Feliz to the empty base at 3rd, Damon had demonized the Phillies and completely rattled Lidge.

Alex Rodriguez followed Mark’s HBP with a blast into the left field corner that scored Johnny. All hail Alex for coming through, that hit was clutch.

capt_ws41511020347_world_series_yankees_phillies_baseball_ws415.jpgBut, the real hero is Johnny Damon for his miraculous battle at the dish and his daring maneuvers on the basepath.

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Congratulations Johnny Damon – You are Yesterday’s Hitter!  

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6 comments

  1. Jane Heller

    Great recap, Buz. Damon was all over the place in that game, and his presence was critical in the 9th inning comeback by the Yanks. Getting on with two outs and then stealing two bases? Not too shabby. Congrats to him for being YH.

    http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

  2. Buz

    Jeff, Jane and Babu – Yep, he’s having one heck of a Series. In fact, I’d say he’s got an outside chance at MVP the way it stands now. Of course, that would mean NY has to win… and if they do that tonight behind AJ.. it’s possible they take the easy way out and give it to AJ.

  3. xcicix

    It pains me to see the Phils lose, but Damon played alertly and smartly, maximizing everything. Does he get better with age or something? I gotta say I agree totally with your choice.

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