Obviously Pettitte, Park, and Granderson all played big roles in this game. But I'd like to highlight Granderson's two home runs to right field in this series. This is certainly a good sign for a lefty who plays in Yankee Stadium. I think it's safe to say we can expect an air show from this guy over the course of the season.
Whenever Papelbon blows a save or leaves a game with runners on, he sits in the dugout with this ugly look on his face. I mean, don't get me wrong, he's already ugly, but he manages to somehow get uglier. Then we, the viewing public, have to be subjected to regular shots of him as the rest of the game plays out. It's not only bad, it's unjust.
After Granderson grounded out in his last at-bat of the opener, Joel Sherman of the Post wrote a column in which he argued that Granderson would have to fight the legacy of Damon and Matsui, two guys the Yankees were always comfortable with in a big spot. Well, last night Granderson hit a go-ahead (and ultimately game winning) home run against Jonathan Papelbon, the same Papelbon against whom he grounded out in the opener. But Sherman still hasn't apologized (in writing or in person), retracted the column, or been fired.
The Power Surge
You may want to check and see whether your appliances are still working, because there has been a power surge on the Yankees. Well, not really. This team is basically built to knock the hell out of the ball, but I'm going with the power surge thing anyway. Granderson hit another home run against the defenseless Papelbon, who spent the rest of the game crying uglily.
Posada 1hr = $1
Granderson 2hr = $2
Cano 1hr = $1
Total = $4