The words of Yankee radio voice, John Sterling, were a welcomed conclusion to the NY Yankees victory last night, punctuating an astonishing trilogy of consecutive wins over the Cleveland Indians in their American League Divisional Playoff Series. The phrase was especially meaningful to Yankee Manager, Joe Girardi.
The “Dopey Bastid” award that Joe had rightfully earned for his inconceivable failure to challenge a “hit by pitch v. foul tip” decision in Game 2 of the Yankees-Indians Series became less of an albatross around the neck of Girardi when Didi Gregorius decided to mimic Babe Ruth and lead the Bronx Bombers to victory. Didi, in the untenable position of being the guy to follow the iconic Derek Jeter as Yankee short stop, homered in his first two at bats, and led his teammates to the American league Championship Series, versus the Houston Astros. Thank you Didi. Gregorius had help. Funny but there is a “ C” before a “D” in the alphabet, and “CC”, as in Sabathia, was in lockstep with Didi for the first 4 1/3 innings striking out nine batters before faltering. David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman, demonstrated the Yankee prowess in the bullpen and held Cleveland scoreless for the duration of the game, also almost assuredly garnering Girardi thank you’s .
So Joe, how does it feel to be exonerated from an action which would have been significantly higher on the New York list of infamy, had the Yankees not advanced? Certainly, the faux pas would have ranked just below the “Miracle at The Meadowlands,” when a simple kneel by Giant QB, Joe Pisarcik in 1978 would have earned Big Blue a “W.” Speaking about the Giants, the Yankees are keeping a smile on the majority of their fan base, since rooting interests of the two teams are generally in close adherence.
“Thank you Didi.” Joe Girardi just may have reiterated the expression of gratitude at infinitum. The manager, whose contract is up for renewal, is now in a prime position to continue leading the ball club, seeking to garner a 28th World Series Championship this year, for many years to come. Thank you Didi!