A walk-off win in the ninth is always good. Marcus Thames had a playground moment: bottom of the ninth, two outs . . . okay the bases weren't loaded and it wasn't the World Series, but still. A-Rod homered off Papelbon to tie the game with one out in the ninth. Then Thames homered to end the game, earning the whipped cream pie he received from AJ Burnett.
Phil Hughes barely got out of the fifth. If not for a catch in foul territory by Teixeira that is best described as a modern day miracle, Hughes may not have even thrown enough innings to qualify for the win. Hughes managed to get two quick outs in the fifth, then just couldn't put away any of the next three hitters. His ERA is now a monstrous 2.25. Girardi was mum on whether he would be skipped his next turn in the rotation.
Marcus Thames is deathly allergic to whipped cream. All dairy really. But particularly whipped cream.
"I told these guys the first day of Spring Training," explained Thames after having an epipen administered. "I love your walk-off celebrations, but I'm allergic to dairy, especially whipped cream. You cannot hit me with one of those pies should I ever hit a walk-off."
In the clubhouse, Burnett did not seem to appreciate exactly what the big deal was. "I'm not an idiot," said Burnett. "I know he's allergic to whipped cream, that's why I used low fat. If he's allergic to low fat too, he should have said something."
Told that Thames' allergy was to dairy, regardless of fat content, Burnett retorted, "Now you're just making $#!% up. Is that what this is about? Huh? You want me to feel bad? Maybe cry a little? Just cry in my milk? Maybe I shouldn't have milk in the clubhouse either. Is Thames allergic to that, smart a--?!"
At this point, all of us in the press corp figured it would be better just to leave.
I Believe The Children Are Our Future
Remember when Eddie Murphy sang that song in Coming to America? Classic. We already mentioned that Thames and Rodriguez hit home runs last night, but did you know that nobody else did? Bet you didn't know that.
Posada 6hr = $12
Granderson 2hr = $4
Cano 9hr = $18
Swisher 7hr = $14
Jeter 4hr = $8
Johnson 2hr = $4
Rodriguez 5hr = $10
Teixeira 7hr = $14
Thames 2hr = $4
Gardner 2hr = $4
Winn 1hr = $2
Total = $94