While the Yanks just concluded a horrendous road trip, there was one extremly happy moment for me. Not only did it ice a rare victory for us on this road trip, but it brought back memories of an even greater and more unexpected victory that took place on June 12, 2009.
This time, the Yanks led the Dodgers 1-0 in the top of the 9th, as Lyle Overbay finally drove in the go-ahead run after Clayton Kershaw and Hiroki Kuroda matched zeroes for seven innings plus. With two on and two out, Jayson Nix lifted a high pop to short right field. Second baseman Mark Ellis retreated, but muffed the ball, allowing two runs to score. Overbay (note, a first baseman) hustled all the way around from first to score the second of the two runs and give the Yanks a 3-0 lead over the Dodgers which Mariano Rivera preserved.
On June 12, 2009 the Yanks hosted the New York Mets on a Friday night. The game was a back and forth affair, but the Mets took an 8-7 lead to the bottom of the ninth, and handed the ball to K-Rod, Frankie Rodriguez to save it. Jeter singled with one out and stole second as Damon struck out, bringing up first baseman (note the similarity) Mark Teixeira, who was intentionally walked so that K-Rod could face A-Rod. The strategy worked perfectly, as A-Rod lifted a high pop to short right field. The Mets’ second baseman, Luis Castillo, settled under it, albeit unsteadily. He got both hands on it, a little awkwardly, but the ball popped out and fell safely to the turf. Jeter scored easily, and Teixeira, much like Overbay would seven years later, hustled from the crack of the bat and slid safely across the plate as Castillo inexplicably picked up the ball and threw it to second base rather than home. The Yanks, who were about to suffer a really heartbreaking defeat, instead got to rejoice at home plate with a 9-8 victory. The winning pitcher? Mariano Rivera, of course. Deja Vu!