It doesn’t count as a win, yet. It was a game that played out like so many that have slipped away this year: Get a lead, lose a lead, take back the lead and lose it again. But this was different. It was different because, with two on and no outs, Melky Cabrera slammed a double down the left field line. It drove in a run and set up an inning that ultimately turned a two run deficit into a two run lead.
But it isn’t over. Derek Jeter – who always delivers big hits – will be standing on second base when they pick up this game in 28 days. He will probably still be clapping because he knows as well as anyone that this may have been the inning that finally turned the season.
A game that will take nearly a month to finish certainly feels right after all this team has gone through. “Yeah,” said someone on the 2 train this morning. “I feel good, but not too good because it’s not over. I’ve got to sweat that one out for a month. I hope tonight’s game is shorter.”
They thought for a moment and added, “I don’t really care how long they take or how hard it rains. I’ll do anything for a win.”