Sometimes there is only one way to win a baseball game. But there are always thousands of ways to lose.
The Yankees spent 12 innings and nearly five hours avoiding the thousands in their quest for the one. What they needed was a cut-fastball that hit Jose Molina’s knee with the bases loaded.
“Whatever it takes,” Molina told reporters. “It feels good because we won the game, but it hurts.”
Molina felt a bit better when he walked out of the players’ gate and the crowd yelled his name. He smiled and waved.
“That’s the way to take one for the team,” someone shouted.
Molina smiled, again.
Whatever it takes.