Alex Rodriguez twice came up in a big spot and twice delivered with an RBI single in the and a two-run homerun to tie the game in the . Burnett did a great job keeping the Yankees in the game pitching 6 innings with but one wee little run. Too bad he didn't get the win.
Teixeira won the game with a walk off homerun in the eleventh. He certainly heard that we at the RJG were ranking players for the MVP of each series and effectively stepped his game up.
Blanked by Minnesota for 5 innings? Seriously?!
Phil Hughes was credited with 2 earned runs, while recording two outs. Hopefully he's gotten it out of his system and he's ready to perform at his super human level.
The First place vote for Friday's game is undoubtedly A-Rod's. He matched the Twins each time he drove in a run, and effectively tied the game to allow Tex to win it later on. A-Rod has evolved from the A-Rod strand that looked fearsome but never delivered on its potential into the A1N1. Watch out for him.
I had trouble deciding who to give the second place vote to, but I've decided that it has to go to Burnett. He gave us 6 innings of 1 run ball, and kept us in the game despite our lack of offense. Without Burnett's pitching performance, Tex would have never had the chance to hit it out of the park in the 11th.
And lastly, Teixeira deserves his consideration seeing as he hit the walkoff homerun to win us the game.
So now I must explain the RJG scoring system when it comes to series MVP voting. A first place vote gains you 3 pts, a second place vote gets you 2, and a 3rd place vote gets you 1. Its a simple yet effective way to keep track of our MVP candidates. So here they are:
Alex Rodriguez 4 pts.
Derek Jeter 3 pts.
CC Sabathia 2 pts.
AJ Burnett 2pts.
Mark Teixeira 1 pt.
Respect Jeter's Gangster is for the Children
We will continue our Joe Dimaggio-like streak of charitable giving through the post season. We believe that our $1.00 donations builds just enough good will to push the Yankees into their next World Series title. On Friday, sir Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira gave the children extra homeruns to smile about.
Post Season Homeruns:
Derek Jeter 1hr = $1.00
Hideki Matsui 1hr = $1.00
Alex Rodriguez 1hr = $1.00
Mark Teixeira 1hr = $1.00
Total = $4.00
Regular Season Total = $244.00
RJG Donation Total = $248.00
If you are interested in Johnny Damon's Homerun Club or the Children's Health Fund you can find links to both at the top right hand corner of our page. Live it. Love it. RJG.