That title above was actually my tweet when Dellin Betances struck out Edwin Encarnacion in the bottom of the 8th with the bases loaded, 2 out and the Toronto crowd going nuts!
I was going nuts too. By far... for me, the best moment of the night at that point. There was an atmosphere I haven't seen in Toronto since I saw Joe Carter circling the bases.Freaking HUGE!!! #BYB— Robert Casey (@BleednYankeeBlu) September 23, 2015
That's great for the Toronto fans... but I'm a Yankee fan, and we needed this win tonight. There was no other way around it. If the Yankees were to lose, with Ivan Nova stumbling through tomorrow's start most likely, who knows where we'd be. At least now we have a better shot at the division rather than the Wild Card.
I know, I know, you'll take the Wild Card. I get that. But I like winning the division. After all, it's been 2 long years. I want first place. As fans, we want it and deserve it. Tonight was a playoff type atmosphere. It was crazy. Even former BYB writer Chad MacDonald sent me a text:
"This ballgame. Whooof."
That's about right. It was right around the 9th when I broke out the Fireball. Apparently I wasn't the only one:
And that's what makes BYB and the Yankees so unique. We watch together... we interact together. Hell... we even drink together..where ever we are at that moment. We're family! You even wear BYB in a critical moment:@BleednYankeeBlu So did I— Phil Privitera (@PrivysTake) September 23, 2015
Thank you John!@BleednYankeeBlu Just for you bud...I didn't have any clean #Pirates shirts for tonight, so I broke this out... #BYB pic.twitter.com/yP52V3MLRa— John Phillips (@PGHJohnPhillips) September 23, 2015
Yanks won, and yes, that Betances strikeout was big... but ultimately it would be the Greg Bird 3 run home run in the 10th that would be bigger. The Yankees won because of that, but hey, give guys like Luis Severino alot of credit. 6 innings pitched, allowed 3 hits and 2 runs. The rest of the pen was outstanding as well.
Sure, give Andrew Miller crap for giving up 2 home runs in a critical moment all you want, but you need to realize how huge the Jays are this season. Everyone knows it's not gonna be easy. Miller's walking through landmines out there and he did an outstanding job.
No real recap... I'm alittle drunk and I'm alittle pumped and I should go to bed. But before I do, I will just tell you this; The Yanks play the Jays again tomorrow night. All the YES Network guys agree... Andrew Miller will not be out there tomorrow night. I disagree. You need to throw Miller if you have to. Tonight was like the playoffs... it was HUGE. If it's a must win game, get Miller out there. No question he's gonna want the ball. Give it to him! We need to win 2 of 3 from the Jays... bottom line.
Yanks win tonight. Huge win. Betances. Bird. Wins. Yankees.
Final: Yankees 6 - Blue Jays 4
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