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Nick Swisher's walkoff single wins it for the Boss

Jul 17, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

You couldn’t have scripted it any better. There was our hero, Derek Jeter, with a chance to give the Yankees a walkoff win on the very same night that the team honored George Steinbrenner and Bob Sheppard. It would only be fitting, right?

Apparently Dan Wheeler is more of an improv man, because he proceeded to strike out Jeter swinging. This brought Nick Swisher to the plate with two on and two out. Swisher, who already tied the game with a solo home run off Joaquin Benoit in the bottom of the eighth inning, ripped a single to right field enabling Granderson to scamper home just ahead of the throw by Gabe Kapler, giving the Yankees a dramatic 5-4 victory.

Swisher told Brian Costello of the New York Post that the Boss would have been proud.

“I think pretty much the agenda today was ‘Win,’ ” Swisher said. “That’s
what Mr. Steinbrenner wanted us to do. That’s what, from all the things
I’ve talked to [Jeter], Posada and those guys, that’s all he ever
wanted to do. On a day like this when we celebrate his life, gotta take
him out on a ‘W.’ “

By the way, I was having a little fun with the whole Jeter angle, but I’m pretty sure that John Harper of the New York Daily News isn’t. I’m sad for him.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Jul 17, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    John Harper can be almost as annoying as Lupica at times. This “No Yankee showed up at Bob Sheppard;s funeral” will be a drum he’ll beat to death for a few days, then realize that it wasn’t a point to begin with. No Giants players, past or present, were there either, just management reps from both teams.Is it remotely possible that the Sheppard family quietly requested the lack of a media circus at the funeral of a man who represented scholarship and was dedicated to teaching?
    You don’t get the “storybook ending:” to every game, I’m proud of Swish for the walkoff win.

  2. Old Gator - Jul 17, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Harper’s column was full of the sort of dopey blowhard sanctimony you would expect from a writer for the New York Postilence. Note to Harper: did you bother to check whether the Steinbrenners or any of the Borg factotums checked in with the Sheppard family about the funeral? Betcha someone did and cleared the matter afterwards, if not in advance. You could also give Sheppard’s widow a quick ring and ask if she’s upset, and if she needs anyone to get publicly indignant on her behalf. It’s safe. She strikes me as too polite to tell you where you could, and ought to, get off.

  3. scatterbrian - Jul 17, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    zzzzzzz

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