New York City smiled on a sunny Saturday morning.
It was a good day to sit in the park and read the newspapers.
Mariano Rivera, who nailed down a 1-0 win for his 26th save, told the story.
“Joba did a tremendous job,” Rivera said. “He pitched like a veteran and it was outstanding to watch.”
The city watched on televisions and listened on radios and pumped their fists when Rivera finished it with a strikeout. Everyone pumped their fist again for Chamberlain.
“Joba came up big for us last night,” said someone walking along Broadway. “That was his game.”
Derek Jeter agreed.
“Joba deserves all the credit,” he said.
Chamberlain just soaked in the experience.
“That was the kind of game that makes you better,” Chamberlain said. “You understand it’s going to be tough, but you can’t break. Josh (Beckett) is an unbelievable pitcher. He battles and claws, and we got that one break. Jason hit that ball right where it needed to be.”
Giambi’s RBI single was all Chamberlain – with the help of Kyle Farnsworth and Rivera – needed.
“That’s the way you want it to be,” Chamberlain said. “And this is the way it’s going to be for the rest of the year.”
New York City smiled, again.